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Video:Collector Boxes Wall Art

with Sonja Rasula

Show off mementos and knick-knacks with this easy project! Collector boxes are a stylish way to display the collection you love but might have hidden away in a drawer. Feature anything from photos to vintage toys to ticket stubs on your wall.See Transcript

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Transcript:Collector Boxes Wall Art

Hi, I'm Sonja Rasula for About.com. If you've got old concert tickets, family photographs, matchbooks, anything that you collect but hide in your drawers, today's project is going to help you. I'm going to show you how to create a beautiful piece of wall art that displays your collections and memorabilia.

Collector Box Art Supplies

You'll need:
  • collector boxes and frames
  • items to display
  • push pins and double-sided tape (optional)

Choose Collector Items to Display

The first thing you want to do is analyze your collections of mementos and keepsakes to figure out what you'd like to put in your collector box. Now that I know what two collections I'm going to use, that dictates what size collector boxes I'm going to need.

Select a Collector Box

These can be found at your local arts and crafts supply store, and basically these are boxes that open and close that can be hung to display your items.

Option 1: Fill Up the Collector Box

Start by removing the lid to the collector box. With this one, I am simply going to fill the box with these plastic combs I've been collecting. Put the lid back on, press in place, make sure the items aren't going to move and that the top's not going to pop off... And voila! You've got a fabulous, cute piece of art in probably less then a minute.

Option 2: Pin Items in the Box

This one is going to be a bit more complicated. Take your collector box (this one is on hinges). Open it up. Decide which items you'd like to display, and play around with the arrangement of them. Once you've decided their placement, what you're going to do is take the pins and place them at the bottom so that when gravity takes hold, when they're hung on the wall, they're not going to fall.

If once the pins are in place, your items still have problems sticking to the back, you can apply a piece of double-sided tape which will help adhere it to the back. As well as have the pins keep it in place.

Pin directly through flat items (photos, ticket stubs), so they "hang" instead of "sit" in the collector box.

Ta-da! Your collector boxes are finished and you're now able to showoff all of those mementos, souvenirs and keepsakes that up until now you'd been hiding away in the back of your drawers.

I'm Sonja Rasula for About.com, where you can always find great design and decor ideas.
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