Since the first Marvel Collector Corps box landed in 2015, we’ve been trying to figure out what to do with those awesome patches & pins. Instagram is full of projects from other collectors, like jean jackets, hats, messenger bags, etc., but that just wasn’t the way I wanted to show off my collection. Honestly, I feared I might lose some of mine in the hustle & bustle of daily life.
I finally found a great way to display the patches & pins from the Marvel Collector Corps, DC Legion of Collectors & the Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty and I wanted to share it with you all.
MARVEL COLLECTOR CORPS – SHADOWBOX
While searching for a way to display some other collectibles, I happened upon some very inexpensive materials that I thought would work perfectly for this. My local Michaels had these in stock and it looks like you can order them online too:
- Studio Decor Shadowbox – 11″x14″ – 2 Pack (just $10.99)
- Elmer’s Black Foam Boards – 11″x14″ – 4-pack (just $9.99)
The foam boards didn’t fit into the frames, but now worries. Using a level as a straight edge and a razor blade, I was able to trim off just enough to fit the boards into the shadowboxes. An old cutting board from the kitchen made a great workspace.
I struggled with the best way to lay out the patches & pins. Horizontal? Vertical? Should I just put the patches & pins from year one in their own frame? Ultimately, it’s up to you and you can do whatever you want. I opted to put as many as I could in one frame, in order of when the boxes came out.
I “pre-drilled” holes for each of the pins and used a small piece of painters tape to hold the patches in place. The great part about that painters tape is you can easily move the patches around several times (if need be) without damaging the board.
And….. we’re done. This ended up being a really easy project and the cost was very minimal. Each frame only cost me about $8 to complete. At that price, I could do a ton of these without affecting my Pop! budget. 🙂
DISPLAY YOUR COLLECTION – WHAT’S NEXT?
I love the way this turned out and I’ve already completed another one. Check out our Skottie Young pin shadowbox. Looks like I’ll be headed back to Michaels and getting to work on some other shadowboxes soon!
What do you think? Will you be creating something like this for your collectibles?