Shadow boxes make great displays for mementos, trinkets, awards and medals for service members and those of friends or departed relatives. These attractive, protective displays can be wall-mounted, used as coffee tables, or placed on a bookshelf. Let’s look at four great ways to display your shadow boxes.
1. Wall Hangings
Hanging a shadow box on the wall is one of the most common ways to display these protective boxes. Pick a prominent place in your den, living room, or study, and hang them with common finishing nails. Choose wood or stain colors that match the décor in the room. You can also create interesting wall displays with 3 or more shadow boxes by arranging the boxes in either a pyramid or “X” configuration. Place the most important or treasured item in the center or at the top of the angle to draw attention to it.
2. Shadow Box Tables
Large shadow boxes with a thick and sturdy glass cover make excellent conversation pieces. Easily turn them into tables with the addition of some legs and support brackets. To encourage more people to look in the shadow box from the top, you may want to remove the shelves from within. Really large boxes can be used as coffee tables, and the smaller ones can be used as end pieces.
3. Mantel Displays
Fireplaces are often the center of gravity in living rooms. Place a shadow box display over the mantle for an eye-catching arrangement. Put any awards and ribbons you have collected, any coins, or important trinkets in the box as a way to honor them and draw attention from visitors.
4. Bookshelf Displays
Bookcases and shelves are perfect places to display shadow boxes since they become the highlight of any setting. Place your shadow box prominently in the shelf and set it apart in a way that it draws the eyes of those looking at the shelf. It doesn’t take much creativity to find interesting ways to display the contents when you place them in a shadow box display.
No matter how you choose to display your shadow boxes, they are sure to be conversation starters among family and friends. You can feel proud to show off your memories, awards, or mementos in a way that honors them and keeps them safe.