A cherished toy turns into a collection

Like many other little boys growing up in the 70s, my husband loved playing with his cherished Hot Wheels and Matchbox toy cars. His nana would surprise him with one car (sometimes more) on special occasions. Whether it was on his birthday, Christmas Day or a day he lost a tooth, he fondly remembers each event marked with a toy car.

Toy Cars
Toy Cars

Those toy cars turned into a collection. Not just any collection. Hundreds of toy cars from England filling four blue carrying cases dating back over the span of 40 years.

For years, those cars sat in the carrying cases, collecting dust. From time to time, he would break out the collection for his nephews to play with.

Today, his five favourites now sit in shadow boxes in our home office.

On Display
On Display

Here’s what you need to display your collection:

  1. Scissors
  2. Five shadow boxes
  3. Thin metal wire
  4. Five printed maps
  5. Cardboard
  6. Hammer
  7. V-nails

DIY Directions:

  1. Cut maps and cardboard to fit into the shadow boxes.
  2. Use the scissors to punch four small holes in the centre of each map and cardboard. Place toy car in the centre of the map and wrap metal wire around the car to hold in place.
  3. Place map with car in shadow box. Repeat for each frame.
  4. Choose a display location, hammer the v-nails into the wall equal distance apart and hang each frame. Voila! Your toy car collection is now on display.


Check out Real Simple for interesting and unique ways to display seashells, sock monkey dolls, salt and pepper shakers and other collectibles.

Let me know how you’ve displayed your collections? I’m always looking for creative and stylish ways to show off my treasures.