Lil’ sis and I were at the biannual Gettysburg antiques flea market on the square a couple of weeks ago, and I picked up two of these vintage typeset drawers. They were only $5 apiece, and I could envision them as future wall art in my living room. Then, I saw this papered shadowbox on Pinterest and I got to thinking…this could be like a scrapbook for teeny keepsakes, YES! I wasn’t in a painting-stuff mood, so I pulled a bunch of my scrapbooking stuff I haven’t touched in a while out of the craft closet and went to town. Note: Wes contends that just because the closet is currently full of craft stuff, doesn’t make it the craft closet. He does have a guitar in there. And there is a set of gigantic carved wooden tiki style utencils. (Don’t ask.) But I digress.
Here’s the the drawers looked like before. I’ve only gotten to the one on top so far. The most fun part of making the shadow box was “curating” all the miniature collections, including selecting some shells I brought back from Australia when I studied abroad in 2007.
I used rubber cement to affix trimmed paper of all sorts to the back of each section. I used scrapbook paper, bits of greeting cards, and even a liquor bottle label. I’ll show you how I organize this stuff another time. I did leave some sections unlined. It adds a little texture to have some plain wood, and I can always add something to those later. I decided to go with rubber cement in case I ever decide to return the drawer to it’s natural wood state or to paint it. Any items I needed to attach to the papered inside for display purposes, I used hot glue. You can look for your own typeset drawer at flea markets, antique stores or online.
Some of the more memorable spots I filled with wine corks from the stash I’ve been saving-(I may need a pintervention due to my obsession with wine cork craft ideas. I’ve considering devoting an entire pin board to the cause.)
I lined one rectangle with white cardstock with a wax letter seal on it. Wes and I got the sealing wax and stamp when we honeymooned in Williamsburg, VA.
Miniature collections of shells, rocks, and scraps of patterned greeting cards made up some of the other spaces.
I think my favorite one-if I have to pick (from the 38!) was the neat row of pennies, from shiny to not
I also picked up some of the jumbo headline sized typeset letters. I want to do a gallery wall and put these guys up above some of our wedding pics.
There are some mega-cute repurposed typeset drawers on Etsy, like this jewelry organizer. Smart! I do still have one more drawer…
(Jewelry organizer by Etsy shop Aurea.)