A Shadow Box to Say Thank You

I hope November is treating you well my dear friends! Many of you are probably ready to stuff your faces with turkey and other Thanksgiving edibles. While I love Thanksgiving as much as the next girl, there’s another special November holiday I hope you won’t forget: Veteran’s Day.

I’ll admit I never gave any consideration to Veteran’s Day before knowing my husband. It is a very significant holiday though and one I feel doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves. From my personal experience, more emphasis is put on Memorial Day mainly because it marks the unofficial start of summer. Memorial Day celebrates those who have fought and died for this country while Veteran’s Day honors all who have fought for our country, including those who’ve survived the wars. I don’t know about you, but I prefer to celebrate the living and show my appreciation for them while they are alive. Although you’ll hear it everywhere, thank a veteran. Seriously. I dare you to go out and do something nice for a military veteran or two or three. Show them your gratitude for all of their sacrifices.

I have decided to honor my veteran by making him a shadow box. A shadow box is an easy, beautiful, and extremely personal gift. Keep this idea in your pocket just in case you get stumped on what to get your mom, grandmom, or best friend this Christmas.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 Shadow Box — I got mine from Target*
  • 1 – 2 pictures
  • Small memorable objects/keepsakes
  • Scrapbook stickers (optional)
  • Sticky Back Velcro (optional)
  • Scissors

* You do not have to get this exact shadow box, but try to find one that comes with a foam board and thumbtacks/pins. If not, you’ll have to make sure you get foam board cut to the size of the shadowbox along with scrapbook paper or another material of choice to cover the foam board.

Planning Your Layout

Before pinning or sticking anything onto the foam board, make sure you play around with different layouts. There is no right or wrong way to display your items, so feel free to let your creativity wild. I recommend taking a picture after each potential design. Taking a picture of each layout will help you compare and contrast plus remind you how to arrange your favorite one.

Shadow Box Layout 1

Once you find the best layout start securing every object to its designated spot.Shadow Box Layout

The Finished Product 

I haven’t figured out where to hang the frame yet, but here’s the final result:

Soldier's Shadow Box

I hope you found this post inspirational. As I mentioned before, a shadow box makes a wonderful gift. If you decide to make one, please please share because I’d love to see!

Con Amor,

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I'm a twenty-something Army wife who enjoys a good love story, unique adventures, and a soothing cup of hot tea. Catch up with me on Instagram @lalalaleyka!


  1. Reply

    Super awesome as usual, mind if we share?

    1. Reply

      Not at all! Share away!

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