Thursday, July 1, 2010

Break Out Of Your Boxed in World With A New Use For Vintage Wooden Boxes: Retro Hang-Ups Part 2

Add An Element of Whimsy To Your Hang-Ups: Hanging Vintage Boxes Vertically On The Wall

What do you always do with vintage boxes? I betcha you use them in the same old ways. But don't you feel boxed in sometimes?

Do You Need A "Boxed-In" Breakthrough?

Perhaps you need a "box" breakthrough. If you always go with the flow, it may be time to switch gears and add an element of surprise to your "boxed in world".

A Knack For Hanging-Up Vintage Knick Knacks

Take some advice from my friend Peter who owns a quirky Antique Shop in Canton, Connecticut called "Tree House Antiques". Peter has a knack for hanging knick knacks and likes to add some humor or interest to his wall displays in his cluttered shop.

Vintage Wooden Boxes Look Great As Wall Decor

For example, one of Peter's special gifts is to mount anything and everything on the wall, always adding an element of whimsy and surprise to his wall decor. In the top photo the display becomes unusual because the box is hung vertically instead of in the usual "horizontal" plane that you often see. And by adding the elongated vase to his 3-D display he has created a wonderful inexpensive artsy display.

The Vintage Cake Server Becomes Art

Or by displayjng a cake server as the focal point inside a mounted vintage box he not only has a clever way to show off his utensil but he has made "art" out of his
ordinary serving piece.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Authors Guild, Inc.


  1. I love to use shadow boxes to display vignettes.

    Susan and Bentley

  2. Those are great ideas, thanks for sharing, Barbara

  3. You know. I have just recently been looking at wooden boxes and wondering the same thing.
    I am sure with a bit of imagination they can be used for all sort of stuff.