I’m always asked what I do with all my found objects and collections….I display them. I use shadow boxes, glass boxes, mason jars and almost any type of display I come across. I shared the sea glass box in yesterday’s post:
I like to photograph found objects in collage form first….that’s one way to “keep” things without actually keeping them. But I’m a found object hoarder:
The good news is that I have a thing for shadow boxes and they tend to keep my collections pretty organized…especially since I probably start a new collection every single week:
A few vintage Smoky Mountain pennants I found (three starts a collection right?) needed a good display:
I just pinned them to a back-loading shadow box I found a Michaels. If I find any more I’ll probably just get a larger shadow box and create a circle shape:
This one I hung on the wall:
A collection of arrowheads I put together for a friend’s new rental cabin. I attached (permanently) to the linen backing of the shadow box using liquid nails. If you don’t want to attach things permanently you can add a layer of cushion and fabric so that they sink and sit right against the glass.
The attached arrowheads:
These three shadow boxes are top load which I love because they can be changed out easily. I keep them on a large table in our living room as “specimen” boxes:
Visitors love to open the boxes and go through the trinkets and found objects. I add to them almost daily:
And what about these other random objects:
And things like seashells?
I use these rustic divided shadow boxes for some of them and other I put into inexpensive quart mason jars:
The boxes are supposed to hang on the wall but I stack them horizontally on a shelf with the jars on top and around them:
I always laugh when overhear Sienna when new friends come over to the house:
Friend: What’s with the doll heads in a jar?
Sienna: Oh that’s just my mom’s creepy stuff.
I must be winning at parenthood. You’d tell me if I wasn’t right? And one day I will open that oddity museum I always dream about: Ashley’s Cabinet of Odd and Creepy Curiosities. Maybe that will be Sienna’s first summer job…tearing ticket stubs.
Don’t feel too sorry for her…she has boxes of her own. I couldn’t get photos of them because they are stacked high on a shelf in her closet but I did get a photo of this shadow box that hangs on her wall. It’s also front opening and every time we visit a historical landmark, national park or museum we purchase a pin. They are all in order so it’s fun to look back to see where we’ve been:
All of my boxes are from Michaels. They have a great selection and in many different sections if you look around.
Ashley….I Love your collections….So very awesome and unique…Let me know when you open Museum and I’ll gladly let Sienna tear my ticket.
Have a Blessed weekend as you Bless us always…Love & prayers.
Sarah P says
I love this idea! I am also a collector of found objects, and I’ve never been sure what to do with them all. I am particularly partial to rusty metal objects like washers, bolts, fan parts, springs, and I also have a collection of smashed glasses frames that I’ve found in parking lots. Might have to go shopping for some shadow boxes soon…
Seeing your post I don’t feel so bad about my several random collections, that others consider a bit strange! Treasures are different for everyone!!
Thank You Ashley!x