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A fun and interesting way to spruce up any home is to include your own personality into the decorations. Shadow boxes make the perfect addition to your family room as this is the first place visitors will step foot in. Bedrooms, hallways, and dining rooms are also great places to display your family's memories. Shadow boxes take the art of memorabilia and turn it into a 3D display that includes photography, natural elements and personal items. They are easy to assemble and visually appealing when complete. Here’s what you need for your shadow box! A shadowbox- These can be found at most craft type stores. Adhesive- There are glue dots that are sold specifically for shadowboxes, a hot glue gun, material glue depending on what you will be using. Photos- You can print yourself, or send them over to your local drug store to get prints made. Small personal items and collectibles Natural elements- Such as wood, rocks or sand you had to bring home from the trip to Florida. And any embellishments that will make it pop, such as stickers or jewels.

Once you have gathered all your materials, you are ready to begin your project! Play around with laying out your items within your shadowbox. Remember: This is a 3D art display, so you can overlap some items or use cardboard pieces underneath to bump up items. If you are stuck thinking of ideas, try using a favorite vacation as your inspiration. Place photos of your family at the beach in the background, glue on seashells or sea glass, and fill your shadowbox 1/3 with sand. You can even drape a small net across the corner to some added visual appeal. The ideas to personalize your shadowbox are limitless. You could also use this as a way to display your family's memorabilia such as your baby's first outfit and hospital bracelet. Or maybe a sports medal with stickers and photos of the winning moment. It's also a fun way to display small collections, such as matchbox cars. Hang on the wall in any room or place it on your coffee table. What theme inspires you to capture and display in a shadowbox for everyone to see?

Visit our blog for more DIY projects! About the Author: Allison Cooper is an editor and writer for the Beyond Stores blog. When not writing or thinking of fun DIY ideas like the one in this article, Allison likes doing arts and crafts projects with her 2 kids.

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