I've been getting wine crates from a local wine shop to use as office storage, but the shallow ones make great shadowboxes:
Always a good idea to prime bare wood:
And paint to whatever works with your decor. Stained would also be pretty to highlight the wine details. Black seemed right for this collection of memorabilia:
For every race, the athletes get some things to take home - for tri's, they get a swim cap, race bib #, and medal for finishing. Here's the pile I'm working with. This would work with anything that might be too chunky for a scrapbook.
The racing bib #'s paper the back of the box and provide the backdrop - some invisible tape on the fronts and packing tape on the back kept everything in place:
I wanted the swim caps to hang somehow, but they're a little floppy in their natural, empty-headed state:
If they're going to hang like a display, they needed a frame. Since we always seem to have those dry cleaner's wire hangars, why not put them to use?
I snipped off a length of wire with my trusty pliers:
Bent it into an approx swim-cap-shaped frame:
and now the caps hang flat:
(As you can
I tried using clips to hang the caps and it really didn't work, so I punched holes in each cap:
Threaded the wire through them, twisting it as I went to hold the cap in place:
This was the hardest part of this whole project, but it came out fine:
The medals come with handy-dandy ribbons to hang them from, so it was easy to staple them to the top of the crate:
He was very happy with his birthday surprise:
He had just finished a triathlon this morning, so the present was very appropriate. I'm so proud of him!!
***Update*** Frank WON the triathlon this morning! Nice birthday present for my sweetie! It's incredible what he's done in 2010, and 2011's season is just starting - GO FRANK!
I'm linking this up to:
Just linked this up to Debbie Doos Newbie link party - thanks Debbie!