coastal decor and crafts

1/27/10

Inspiring Beach Shadow Boxes

These beautiful beach shadow boxes are sure to inspire! Small or large, antique or new, a shadow boxes will showcase your sea treasures and beach memories in style.

beach shadow box ideas
I've seen a few beach shadow boxes made from Antique Printer Trays. Isn't this a great rustic look! It suits shells so well.


beach shadow box
And here's a small Printer Tray Shadow Box.

Antique Printers Tray
And then there's this spectacular printer tray, created by Jane of Sea Breezes. Jane says, "Everything in it is beach themed, it keeps me going through the winter." If you love this idea, you can find plenty of Antique Printer Trays on Ebay. I love the variety in this display. Photos are mounted along with letters and beach treasures.

white shadow box idea
This Beach Shadow Box is a poster that's available on Art.com. Take it as an inspiration to create an all white shadow box with a modern sleek vibe! Beach rocks are creatively arranged. Very cute!

Shadowbox
This is one of my favorite DIY ideas. A Drawer Shadow Box! Follow the link to learn how to transform an old drawer into a shadow box. A very doable project. You could even leave the drawer pull or add one!

Display Box
And after swooning over the cubby organizer in the Pottery Barn catalog, Karla from It's The Little Things re-purposed her vintage Schweppes wooden bottle crate into a beach shadow box. Perhaps these shadow boxes have sparked your imagination!

20 comments:

Low Tide High Style said...

What a great post! My mom had one of these and had everything in it from old printing letters, like in the last one, to seashells and other mementos. Thanks for providing me with yet another way to spend money...love these!

Kat :)

EntertainingMom said...

I'm feeling inspired Maya!!!

kathi said...

My interest in miniatures started with my shadow box. Love that last photo. Lots of wonderful ideas!

Sandra (Atelier) said...

ohhhhhhh the last photo amazed me!! "True love".. mmmm, it doesn´t exist and the "Sandy Beach".. :) yes, I want to have a private beach!!

white flower design said...

I see these trays quite often and usually pass on them. I am so glad that I found this post. I am loving this idea. All the best, Lori

Barbara said...

Wow, What tremendous shawdow boxes, I am going to start gathering thing to put in one.

Barbara

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Oh wow! Gorgeous! Now I want to make one :)

Sallie said...

This blog post made me smile a big beachy day kind of smile!! I have two shadow boxes that I thought were becoming a pain to keep up with but now I know exactly what I want to do with them and where to put them! Thanks for the ideas :-)

cottagesweet said...

Love shadow boxes. Gotta get one made for my future cottage. Got plenty shells from the beaches here to put in it. Thanks, by the way, for visiting my blog!!

Shellbelle said...

Great re-purposing ideas! I love shadow boxes and shadow box frames, they make such interesting displays.

puna said...

I never seem to make shadow boxes look right. We had a yard sale where I had two antique shadow boxes out and they were stolen...that's my story with shadow boxes:)

sealaura said...

keep the wonderful posts coming dear Maya! these boxes are so cute and make for a nice weekend project. I will keep my eyes peeled for a crate all week. i love that stone in the header. I am moved tohave my estudiantes paint their own stones in class with a little espaƱol on it!

simpledaisy said...

What a great, crafty idea:)

Jenny said...

I have a bucket and box full of sea shells collected when we lived in Southern CA. I have wanted to use them in decorating my home. I forgot all about using shadow boxes.

Cozy Little House said...

I absolutely loved every one of these creative displays!
Brenda

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

I am sooo going to feature your post in my post tomrrow along with Link love, friend!
Great work!


Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!

Leigh

Tales from Bloggertiaville

www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Lia said...

Maya, thank you for this post. I have been thinking since you said you'd like to see my sea-glass collection that keeping it all in a drawer is not the best way to deal with it.
But for the life of me couldn't think of the best way to display it. Now I have no excuse not to do something stunning with it and display it.
Once I sort it out I will send you some photo's.
Much love
Lia
xx

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

You know I have an old printers tray from the first time they were popular. I never thought about filling one with shells...hmm, wonder where that thing is?

Catharina Maria said...

Great collection !
love from the Netherlands ♥RINI♥

abby927 said...

First of all, I love the ocean theme and this was posted on my birth day :) I love love love these pics- I found an old Coke a Cola bottle holder with the slots for the bottles in my basement yesterday that would be perfect for this kind of display!!! Thanks! Amazing!My bedroom is beach themed, too :)