How to Craft With Your Sentimental Items

With the trend of decluttering at an all time high, it can be hard to figure out exactly where sentimental items go. Although it may feel like there is no place for old letters or ticket stubs in your home, itís also understandably hard to just recycle them. Rather than abandoning all sentimentality and the memories attached to photographs and drawings, there is another clutter-busting solution: crafting.

Each of these crafts tackles a different kind of memorabilia that may be taking up space. The ideas also turn your sentimental items into something beautiful you can use or look at every day rather than filing them away in a drawer.

T-Shirt Quilt

T-shirt quilts are a popular solution for high school or college students who amass a collection of free tee shirts they will never wear again after that one event. Rather than stuffing away t-shirts into a drawer, utilize them as a comfy quilt. There are a few different websites such as Project Repat that will make them for you, or you can use these instructions and make one yourself.

Framed Ticket Box

Ticket stubs represent wonderful outings and events, but what do you do once a collection of movie and ticket stubs reaches an unmanageable level? Rather than stuffing them away in a drawer somewhere, use a shadow box to make a lovely display. While several craft stores now have shadow boxes with slits in the top for such a purpose, you can also make one yourself to save a little money.

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Hard Bound Book of Childrenís Artwork

If your children have an artistic streak but there is just no more room on the refrigerator, consider turning their lovely pieces of art into a hardbound book. There is an app, Artkive, that makes it as simple as taking pictures on your phone and uploading them. If you want more options for prints, Plum Print allows you to upload pictures online and turn them into calendars, books and more.

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Travel Shadow Box or Memory Box

One great thing about collecting small bits of memorabilia on your travels is that it cuts back significantly on purchasing souvenirs. However, finding something to do with them once you get back home can put you back in reality mode very quickly. Creating an artful shadow box is one way to keep your knick knacks and ticket stubs on display. These examples using Design Aglowís alphabet frames makes the perfect little collection. If you would rather keep your items freestanding to sift through later, decorating a dedicated travel collection box to display on a shelf is another solution.

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Framed Letters

The art of the handwritten letter may be dying, but if you have some old family letters, or still send and receive letters yourself, this is a great idea. Instead of just having a collection, why not frame letters (that donít contain private material, of course) to add a historical touch to your home? If you donít want to frame the originals, you can get copies made. You can even take the originals to a local print shop and have them blown up to a poster size for a bigger impact.

 

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natasha p
Past Member about a year ago

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Lisa M
Lisa Mabout a year ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa Mabout a year ago

Noted.

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Jennifer F
Jennifer F2 years ago

I love using personal mementos to make things like this.

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Philippa Powers
Philippa Powers2 years ago

Thanks.

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Justin R.
Justin R2 years ago

Nice. My personal favorite are paintings and posters like jimi hendrix posters. I would like to craft and frame them. These ideas would help me a lot. Thanks for sharing these ideas.

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Rebecca Gouge
Rebecca G3 years ago

Thanks.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Kristal Marks
KRISTAL Marks3 years ago

I love the framed letters. Think I will try that one. Thanks

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Rose Becke
Rose Becke3 years ago

Great ideas

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