Vintage Baking Pan Shadow Boxes

Remember this primitive baking pan set from my Thrifted Finds Challenge #1 post last Friday?


Vintage Baking Pan Shadow Boxes

The things I loved most about these pans was that they had removable bottoms and hangers, making them perfect for shadow boxes.
As awesome as I thought that was, it also posed a challenge when deciding how to repurpose them.


Vintage Baking Pan Shadow Boxes

I had several ideas, which either involved drilling holes and/or using glue, but for some reason I just couldn’t bring myself to alter these pans in any way. I just loved them too much!


Vintage Baking Pan Shadow Boxes


So I thought… why not shadow boxes?


Vintage Baking Pan Shadow Boxes

And I had the perfect spot in mind… a rather narrow wall space between the kitchen door to the outside porch on the right, and the door that goes down to the basement

Right now there’s a hand made (not by me) thrifted needlepoint. I’m a huge fan of the craft, but haven’t done it myself in years.


Vintage Baking Pan Shadow Boxes

I used the picture hanger that was already there for the middle pan, and because these pans are very light I just nailed in a few finishing nails for the other two.


Vintage Baking Pan Shadow Boxes
Here’s a side view.
Vintage Baking Pan Shadow Boxes

I decided to display a collection of vintage Christmas pixie ornaments, along with some decorative balls.


Vintage Baking Pan Shadow Boxes

This pixie is making a giant snowball… or maybe it’s the bottom of a snow pixie.


Vintage Baking Pan Shadow Boxes

I think the middle guy below had too much spiked egg nog. Ha!


Vintage Baking Pan Shadow Boxes

Isn’t this little sleeping baby pixie adorable. She looks so peaceful.


Vintage Baking Pan Shadow Boxes

I’m really looking forward to using these shadow boxes all year round… changing them up for different seasons and holidays.

Because we share our house with feline friends everything I display has to be out of paw’s reach… or it becomes a toy.


And just like our little Miss Pixie, who we rescued from the frigid cold during the winter of 2012, these pixies are safe and sound… and so are the baking pans, which are still in the condition I found them in.

I’ll show you what I did with the baking pan bottoms in another post very soon.

Thanks so much for reading!


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  1. Tubular that was a brilliant idea, and shadow boxes are expensive can't wait yo see what you did with the bottoms. I love your pixels so cute!!

  2. Great choice to use as open shadow boxes . . .so versatile in displaying your treasured pieces! But wait, is Tubular your given name or has Mel been with one of your pixies?

  3. Tuula,
    Is there no end to your creative talent!! Love this idea and your little Christmas pixie's are adorable.

  4. Acck! I never thought of this when I was trying to figure out the project. A great idea for both preserving the pans and making display boxes. I love your pixie collection – it is remarkable. Miss Pixie looks innocent of all crimes against decor.

  5. This is just too cute for words. I remember my mom having them when I was little. I wonder what ever happened to them.


  6. A- mazing! I too have a narrow wall that would be perfect for this. I love your Christmas ornament display. Can't wait to see what you make with the bottoms.

  7. I love this! How wonderful that the bottoms of the pans could be removed and how genius of you to 'think outside of the box(!)' and turn them into shadow boxes. They look lovely. All of your pixies (even the feline version) look precious.

  8. I love that you can leave them up and change the decor for different holidays or moods! So clever.

  9. What a wonderful idea! I love them as shadow boxes! Your display is too cute and I look forward to seeing your seasonal displays in the months to come…:)

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  10. Look at you already decorating for Christmas! I love those pans and what an awesome idea to turn them into shadow boxes!!

    1. Thanks so much Robin! I've always liked shadow boxes, but these are the first ones I've ever had. And they're not really even shadow boxes. Oh well, they'll do.

  11. Glenda Waljer says:

    I am just getting into making vertical Hanging Gardens. Particularly with succulents. These cake pans would be perfect for those!