Simple art idea~

I love shadow boxes. They are a great way to display mementos and keepsakes. Even the most unusual objects, things you would never think to display can make great art. I think anything that is special to you makes beautiful art.
We LOVED living in Virginia (if you read older posts and stay with this blog you will find I go on and on about it....bear with me - it was such a wonderful experience for us) .......Back to this post.
I kept our license plates from Virginia and wanted to somehow incorporate them into our decor. I found this shadow box at Homesense (Homegoods in the US) that was perfect. I bought two because I have more than one plate to display. All I did was add sticky velcro to the back and to the fabric backing and voila - a great piece of art!

Now it is in my laundry room! I am going to hang another in my son's room!

Another one I did - sticking to the Virginia theme (you can insert your yawn here) is with a nail we got from the blacksmith at the museum from Jamestown, Virginia. It is the birthplace of North America (a little history lesson, just in case you didn't know). I just hot glued the nail to a piece of card stock. In the lower corner wrote where it was from and then just assembled the whole thing together. It hangs right by my front door. It is a great conversation starter when people come over for a visit!

Simple yet beautiful!

I am linking up with the Inspired Room - Beautiful Friday
**edited as of Oct 26 I am linking up with DIY Day at a  Soft Place to Land
and The Shabby Chic Cottage


  1. Very cool! I really like how that looks.

  2. Great idea. I love the license plate idea.

  3. Love this. Sometimes the simplest things turn out to have the greatest impact. My mom has some really old license plates. Maybe she would part with one so that I can do this!

  4. Amazing the power of a good frame!

  5. I love it. I am actually looking to create a shadow box for my husbands grandfathers (follow that?) Purple Heart for WWII. We just got it from his Great Aunt and really want to display it along with some other memorabilla (photos, pins, etc).

    So much use for a shadow box!:)

  6. I love meaningful and personal art like this. I especially like the graphic quality to the pieces you chose to frame!

  7. Very clever, and great that you chose things that have history and/or meaning to you! Good idea.


  8. I love the shadowboxes you found - just perfect for the license plates. And the framed nail is gorgeous! Love how simple it is.


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