Create a Vacation Keepsake Shadowbox

Turn trip brochures and maps into a memory-filled piece of wall art.

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This summer we took a family vacation over 6,000 miles away from home to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. On the islands, we did road trips, hiked to waterfalls, rode horses, peeked into volcanoes, walked the most incredible white and black sand beaches. We made memories that will last a lifetime. Once home, I realized that we had accumulated a bunch of beautiful maps and brochures from our adventures. I decided instead of sticking them in a drawer or box, I could turn them into a piece of wall art that would remind us of our journeys every day.

Shadowbox displays nine circles cut from vacation maps and brochures.

Craft a Vacation Keepsake Shadowbox

Celebrate your favorite places with a trip shadowbox.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

For this craft you will need:

  • assorted maps and brochures
  • 9 x 9 inch shadow box
  • t pins: half inch
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • cardstock (optional)
  • glue stick (optional)
Supplies for the shadowbox are laid out on the table.

Supplies to Make a Vacation Shadowbox

Try selecting maps and brochures with lots of vibrant colors and design styles.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

From the maps and brochures, select the places that hold special memories for you or your family. Trace a circle onto the section of the map that you would like to add to the box and cut it out with a pair of scissors. Repeat until you have nine circles.

Circles are cut from the maps and brochures.

Create the Disks for the Vacation Shadowbox

Cut out the shapes of your choice. From circles, squares to hearts, the possibilities are endless.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Tip: If the paper is thin, glue a cardstock circle of the same size to the back to prevent it from curling.

The circles are attached to the shadowbox backing with t pins.

Mount the Circles on the Shadowbox Backing.

Arrange the circles into place and then pin them on the back of the shadowbox.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Next, arrange them on the backing of the shadow board and pin them in place.

The shadow box is displayed on a table.

Display Your Vacation Shadowbox

This shadowbox is the perfect keepsake from your trip.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Return the backing to the shadow box and hang it in a special place for all to see.  For other fun twists on this idea, try mixing up the theme with concert tickets, special events, weddings, bridal showers, baby showers and more.

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