By Kieran Juska
Shadow boxes are a fantastic way to showcase personal collections -- and by no means do they have to be limited to ones that are precious or even classically beautiful. Sometimes the quirkier or more eclectic the items, the better. This collection of vintage kitchen tools was gathered over time from eBay: a one-of-a-kind mix of crocheted pot holders, everyday kitchen utensils, a funky salt-and-pepper set, and sections of whimsically decorated spice boxes. A few tips: Try sticking to a single theme and creating visual unity, perhaps by choosing a strong central color, or else your shadow box could end up looking like the inside of your kitchen catchall drawer. Adding simple decorative touches, such as the lengths of red rickrack in both of these boxes, helps to tie the items together even more.