Collections were meant to be appreciated, not shoved away in a box! Display yours using one of these creative ideas.

1. Use chalkboard paint to mark and label your antique cameras. 

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Check out Shawn’s film photography website here.

 2. Own a few vintage suitcases? Turn them into a side table.

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Read the full post here.

3. Keep crystals and minerals organized in a glass display case. 

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More styling tips here.

4. Scour thrift stores for a spoon holder and update it with spray paint.

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Additional pictures here.

5. Turn your childhood toys into an awesome lamp.

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6. Create instant wall art with hats.

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7. Or, do the same with ceramic plates.

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More photos here.

8. Seashells look striking when placed in a glass display case.

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9. Built-in shelving makes this colorful teacup collection pop.

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10. Take your skateboards out of the garage and onto the wall.

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The above photo is of skateboarder Rob Dyrdek’s impressive collection.

11. A shadow box is perfect for showing off vintage keys.

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12. Spray paint bulldog clips and attach them to the wall with sticky tack to create a gallery wall with Polaroids.

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DIY tutorial here.

13. Antique clocks lend rustic charm to a fireplace mantle.

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See more photos of this shabby chic dining room reveal here.

14. Frame your map collection to make a gallery wall.

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See more photos of this home office reveal here.

15. Antique mirrors are especially pretty when hung from a peg coat rack. 

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Additional photos here.

16. Hang guitars on the wall to save space and add personality. 

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DIY tutorial here.

17. Group cow skulls and antlers together to make a feature wall.

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18. Make this DIY clothes pin scarf holder to show off your faves.

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Watch the video tutorial here.

19. Use a recycled bottle as a picture frame *and* a vase. 

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Check out the genius tutorial here.

20. Hang antique license places with pegboard.

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21. And finally, DIY these vinyl display rails using aluminum channel and drywall screws.

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More detailed instructions here.

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