Store your family memorabilia in a DIY ticket shadow box frame

“Humans, not places, make memories.”
Ama Ata Aidoo

Originally posted on July 25, 2013

I was looking for a way to store all of my family’s memorabilia. I usually keep tickets and memorabilia in a box, in a scrapbook or in an album. I wanted something different. Something that can be displayed, but minimally. I did some research on Pinterest and saw a pin that involved a family dropping their tickets and memorabilia into a frame as the years go by. The frame had a slit at the top. I thought this was a great idea.

I wanted to make a frame without having to actually cut a slit at the top since I knew that wouldn’t end well (hint: end in blood). So I did more research and figured out that a shadow box would be the way to go. I wanted to make a shadow box that involved one smaller frame and one larger frame and bringing them together. That way no cutting for a slit would be involved. This is how I came up with the idea for a ticket shadow box frame.

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I found an 11×14 frame and a 10×12 frame. They fit together perfectly.

Guess how much I spent?

I spent $0. I used 2 frames that I already had in my closet. Since I’m a scrapbooker, I already had the materials to make the background.

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I had to figure out how to make a slit at the top without cutting. Since the smaller picture frame had a picture hanger attached to it already, I decided to move the picture hanger up to the very top of the frame so that when I hot glue gun the two frames together, the picture hanger would create a slit big enough to drop the tickets through. It worked!

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I made my background using the bigger frame ( the 11×14) as my guide.

1. Use 11×14 frame background as your guide

2. Cut 12×12 paper to fit the 11×14 background (or use 11 x14 paper)

3. Cut 2 strips to cover both ends to fully cover the 11×14 background

4. Gather your scrapbook supplies- journal boxes, stickers, etc.

5. Use scrabble tiles (or pop up stickers) for texture

6. The final page!

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Voila! The finished product ( of the bottom larger frame). I did not put the glass back on this larger frame since I used the scrabble tiles. Also because I will be using the glass of the smaller frame only.

Next I applied hot glue all around the edges of the smaller frame so that I can apply that to the larger frame making sure that I keep in mind the slit for the tickets.

I was so happy that the tickets fit through the slit and that the slit was still thin enough that it wasn’t so noticeable.

It will be fun to watch this shadow box fill up with our special family memories.

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I’ll always remember all these special memories made with my family…

UPDATE ALERT! See how the frame looks like with tickets and memorabilia inside!:

An update on my ticket shadow box frame

Another update on my ticket shadow box frame… part 2

Today I am grateful for my family and these special moments…

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