Ticket Stub Shadow Box

This is another of those pins that I’ve had on my board for a long time. I’m so happy it’s finally done! I’m a bit of a hoarder. Not in the tv show kind of way, but in the I don’t want to throw it away because it’s a memory kind of way. Movie tickets are one of my weaknesses! This amazing pin gave me the perfect way to hang on to them and keep them from turning to dust in a drawer.
To start, you need a shadow box that is an actual wood frame. I guess it doesn’t have to be wood, but it will make the cutting process easier if it is wood. Walmart has an 8×10 walnut shadowbox available right now for $9.87, but you can get whatever size and style suits you.

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Then you need to dig out a dremel or a sharp knife. Tony handles the power tools in this house, so he took care of this part. You need to cut a slit that is 1 1/2″ – 2″ wide and 1/4″ thick. All I could think about while he was cutting is that it smelled like incense. The particular shadowbox that we used had a plastic spacer type thing to hold the glass in place, so Tony had to line it up and cut another slit in that. It did not smell as pleasant as the frame itself.

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Then you need to find a background image that you like. If your shadowbox will be holding more sports ticket stubs, you may want a stadium background, but as mine was for movie tickets, I found a theater background. When I printed it, I gave it a washed out effect. I think it looks better, but that is a personal choice. I just used a glue stick to attach it to the back of the shadowbox.

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I got my Cricut out to make some adhesive letters, but any letter stickers would work. I decided to put the letters on the glass so that they would remain visible, even after it’s full. The backdrop itself will slowly cease to be visible. You can spell out anything from “Admit One” to “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” depending on what kind of tickets you’ll be putting in.

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Starts adding your tickets. Yes, those are tickets to Frozen Sing-a-Long, and it was a blast!

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Finally, give your shadowbox a place of honor and keep adding to it. I still have a few more drawers I have to raid, after all, I’ve been collecting tickets since Star Wars Episode 1 was in theaters!
Could you use one of these in your life? Are you a collector of fun momentos like myself? Let me know what you think!

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