Turn Memorabilia into Art

Your home should be a reflection of you:  what’s meaningful to you and brings you joy,  including your collections and memorabilia. If you’re keeping it, honor it by displaying it or keeping it accessible. How does it honor a keepsake by stashing it in a dusty box in the back of a forgotten closet?

I love using shadow boxes as a way of turning memorabilia into art. The list of ways to use them is endless: frame an athletic uniform or ballet shoes, baby clothes, medals, vintage linens, gloves, jewelry, etc. If it’s thicker than a picture, shadow boxes are the answer to displaying items you want to remember. If you don’t want to remember it, why are you keeping it 😉 ? Out of sight is out of mind so having it displayed in your home is a method of personal expression of what’s meaningful and valuable to you.

preserving memories

So I have a collection of matches that dates from 20+ years ago. My father used to collect matchbooks and toss them in a fish bowl in his closet so I guess that’s where I started. Every restaurant used to give them away so it was a wonderful memento. Now it’s rare to see them in restaurants so I’ve stopped looking for them. However, I still had some boxes full of them that I decided to practice what I preached and put them to use.

 

I got the shadow box from Michael’s but you can find them lin other craft stores. I knew I had quite a collection and wanted it to be a fun display (and a trip down memory lane).

preserving memories

I went through the collection and pulled out my favorites. Most were from restaurants and hotels I had visited during my corporate days 20 years ago. A lot are no longer in business.

I grouped them together by type: fold-over, vertical box and horizontal box and laid them out in a balanced format. I didn’t group them together by color or location. I just wanted a neat layout that would be fun to look at. 🙂

Using a glue gun to attach the matchbook to the base, I was finished 15 minutes later! It was a simple project that didn’t take much time but has given me a way to enjoy again memories of some really fun times!

preserving memorabilia

I guess I don’t have to remind you that I’m an organizer, not a photographer. 😉 Anyway, this is the finished product and I love seeing it in my kitchen! What collection can you turn into artwork in your home?

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