Pinterest Hit or Miss? Shadow Box


Hello, friends! This month on Pinterest Hit or Miss I tackle a shadow box. I actually pinned this before my daughter started ballet last year and I knew I had to try it out. I thought it would be a great way to preserve that first tiny pair of ballet slippers! Ballet was a big part of my life growing up and I am excited to see my daughter dance now.

I bought the shadow box at Michael’s. This was my first attempt at making one.

To pin the picture, I used the pins that came with the box. Just be careful to line up your picture exactly as you want it, as you don’t want to put too many unnecessary holes in your photo. I used a photo I took but could have also used the photo that I bought from the photographer who came to her dance studio. Any photo I print I order from or Costco; I have found those sources to be the best when it comes to printing high quality photos. They also have a great turn around time and are not too expensive for a simple 8×10. This photo is actually 8×12.


The next part was actually the hardest part of this project-pinning on the shoes. I used dressmaker pins which is what the lady at Michael’s recommended. This just required a bit of muscle to get the pin through the shoe; I didn’t want the shoe falling down in the shadow box, as that would be annoying to have to fix!  ballet4

Again, my advice is to be careful where you place the pins and try to get it right on the first try. Otherwise you may have some extra holes in your photo. ballet1

This is how it looked once I got everything pinned down.ballet2

And here it is hanging on the wall in her bedroom!ballet5

I am happy with how this turned out! I hope she will treasure these little shoes and the memories!


You could do many different things with these shadow boxes; there are tons of ideas online. But really, anything you would want to preserve would work, be it baby clothes or shoes, a first baseball hat, the hat your baby came home from the hospital in.. there are limitless possibilities. A shadow box is a fun way to display special memorabilia!



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Eileen has been married to her husband, Eric, an Air Force officer, since 1998. A pharmacist by trade, she worked that gig for ten years until her promotion to full time stay-at-home mom in 2009. Eileen and Eric have one daughter, Little E, who is a feisty little girl obsessed with Octonauts. As a military family, they move every 3-4 years, most recently from Southern Virginia to Arizona. They have lived in the Phoenix area since July 2012 and love the southwest! Hopefully they have found their “forever” home. Eileen’s passions and hobbies include photography, reading, travel, cooking, doing creative projects with her daughter, hiking and working out. She can often be found sipping a latte at Starbucks, looking for the next great read at Barnes and Noble, or browsing Ulta for the latest beauty find.


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