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Displaying Collectibles

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Many times the best way to enjoy your collectibles is to display them. It is important to find the proper way to display them so that they are safe. This is a guide about displaying collections.


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November 10, 2012

I have an old camera that I really enjoyed having out on a shelf, but it was always so dusty. I found a cloche at the store that fit perfectly over it. Now I don't have to worry about damaging the camera when trying to dust it.

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November 9, 2012

My husband wanted to display a compass given to him by his stepdad. I found a small shadowbox frame and removed the glass. I attached a small cup hook to the top and painted it with black nail polish to make it less visible. The compass is suspended in the frame from the hook. Unfortunately, I was unable to use the glass because I wanted to have the compass cover open. So it needs to be dusted every once in awhile. We love having this special family heirloom out to enjoy! This would also work well for a cherished pocket watch.

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June 30, 2017

I am not sure what this was, but it will never be that again. I bought it for .29 at a tag sale and have been meaning to renovate it for about 9 months.


Today was that day!

Total Time: 1 Hour

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  • 1 small shelf unit in wood or plastic
  • 5 pieces of pages wall paper or scrap booking pages
  • 1 scissors and hot glue gun
  • 1 card stock or regular paper
  • 5-10 things to fill it with
  • 36 in scrap fabric for hanger


  1. Make sure the interior is clean. Then measure the dividers and make a "template" of each section to use to cut the good paper.
  2. Keeping in mind your paper template is going to be larger than the inside, you will need to tweek it a bit and when it falls inside the shape perfectly, you are golden. Then you can cut the good paper. I chose a different pattern for each, but you can use the same if you like.
  3. All you need is a tiny dot of glue on each corner. Using a water based glue won't work as it tends to warp/wrinkle the paper. Then you can fill it with what you want. I glued mine so I can pack it and not have to worry about the contents coming out and breaking or getting lost.
  4. I chose crafty thread spools, teddies, kitties, snails, and such. You can fill it with things like: tiny photos, jewelry like broaches and lockets, etc. Now I glued some denim strips on the bottom and along the sides, tying it on the top. If there was a time to over glue (not messy but a lot of spots) this is the one. This fabric will determine how safe your things are. N-JOY!!
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September 12, 2008

My kitchen cabinets don't set against the ceiling so I use this space to display my ginger jar collection, or I will put a flower swag on top and let the flowers hang down.

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January 9, 2017

After I take all my Christmas decorations down, everything looks so bare. I try to redecorate a little different and more exciting. Winter is boring, I need to get a spark going in me.

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February 25, 2016

I am finally able to display most of my snail collection. But I still have to be conservative with my space.


So, I put my spices on a nice lazy susan and used the little stackable shelf unit for my snails.

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October 13, 2011

Collectables need to be shown and not stored away. It seems a shame to collect something we love and not show it. Displaying them is a way to say "this is what I love and this is what makes me, me".

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August 19, 2011

I have collected tiny, little shallow bowls for years. They are so cute. I put them out on my dresser in my bedroom and use them for my earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.


Now I can enjoy both the little bowls and my displayed jewels!

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April 4, 2017

My husband has been a part of a mission team to Iceland for four years. He has brought home some beautiful tokens, which are memories of the trip. I arranged a shelf in my curio cabinet as a memory shelf of his trips to Iceland.

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October 25, 2011

Sell them as quickly as possible or donate them to a museum where you can go look at them when you want and take an in-kind tax write-off. They are usually dust catchers.

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February 4, 2017

This is a 2 part question. Does anyone have ideas for the best way to display pressed or elongated pennies and the best way to display tie tacks and lapel pins? Thanks for all the help and ideas for the past few years.


February 4, 20170 found this helpful

A jewelry holder with clear pockets would be a great way to display.

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February 5, 20170 found this helpful

Acrylic resin. Sample: http://www.inst  nsects-In-Resin/

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February 5, 20170 found this helpful

You could mount any of these multiple small items in a shadow box style picture frame. Just make a base of maybe felt and put in the box frame and hang.

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February 8, 20170 found this helpful

Foam always works well just cover with nice thin material and push the pins or pennies into it.

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February 9, 20170 found this helpful

if the pressed pennies have holes drilled into them, why not make a nice mobile? That way you can at any moment see each side. Here's a cool instruction on how to make a mobile:  om/Make-a-Mobile


as far as the tacks and pins, I would just maybe get a quilt or nice tapestry, hang it on the wall, and attach them to that.

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May 10, 20170 found this helpful

My sister uses the tie tacks on her message cork board. That way they are displayed and functional.

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March 30, 2011

I'm a huge "I Love Lucy" Fan, and I'm an avid collector of her items varying from Barbies still in mint condition in their box, to watches, to a marble with her face on it!

I currently live in a small apartment, but would still love to show case my collection around my place. As of right now, they are taking up a great deal of space and are currently in storage. How can I show case these items in such a small space?

By Jaci from MO


April 1, 20110 found this helpful

I also am limited to space. I had my son and husband put up shelves about a foot from the ceiling all around the room. it worked out great for all my collectables, and left the rest of my space for everyday living.

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April 2, 20110 found this helpful

jaci, What a coincidence! I am also an I Love Lucy fan and have a huge collection of stuff. I have a samll house, but one room is used for a computer/dining room. It is decorated with all my Lucy things. I even have a Little Ricky Doll from the 50,s and comic books and magazines in binders and book cases. The walls are covered with pictues of Lucy and Ricky too. Nice to meet a fellow fan!

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April 3, 20110 found this helpful

You could also just display a few at a time and change them out every couple of months or so.

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March 19, 20150 found this helpful

I have this piece that was made without any nails, glue, or any modern things to hold it together. It is a hand carved picture that looks Japanese. It originally was a wall carving. I guess someone got a hold of it and added legs to make it into a table. They rotted off, but the carving is in almost perfect condition. It was in three pieces, the carving itself had a frame, I guess you would call it, around it with gold inlay. Someone tried to fix a small area that was peeling. It has two pieces of wood that go across the back of the three boards that make the carving and when positioned correctly you can't even tell it's in 3 pieces. I didn't know it for a long time. I just thought it was broken, but it wasn't; it just needed repositioning. I really don't know what to do with it? Any ideas?

By Sheila H from Pensacola, FL


December 5, 20170 found this helpful

I would build a nice shadow box and put this inside. You can put a darker background in the box or even lights inside to make the piece stand out. You need to attach this to the back of the box so it holds in place.

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