DIY: Ticket Stub Crafts

Updated: Feb 21, 2016 14:11
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Every ticket has a story…

It was bound to happen eventually. After all my ideas, inspiration, Google searches and suggestions, I find myself stalled on a craft project. You see, I’ve got ticket stubs from almost every single show I’ve seen in San Francisco, but I can’t seem to find a great craft for them. You may recall that a while back I thought a nice shadow box would do the trick – and while that’s still sorta in the running, it’s not giving me that “aha!” moment that I’m looking for.

Fortunately, I was able to track down some alternative ideas on ye ol’ interwebs; although I’m not quite sold on any of these yet… But in the meantime, perhaps they’ll provide a spark of inspiration to someone out there who also has a fistful of ticket stubs and wants a way to appropriately display them. (And hey, if you find a stellar idea, share!)

Wall Art: By far the most common ticket stub crafts are wall art, framed ticket displays and shadow boxes . The how-to on this is pretty straightforward, the bonus is that there are a lot of creative options. You can string tickets across a wire (like photographs), create a framed color-block geometric art piece, tackle the shadow box option.

Books & Bookmarks: If you’re already carrying a journal/notebook/diary/whatever, adding ticket stubs to it is a nice way to work mixed-media into your notebook (and makes it all nostaligic. Awww). There are a lot of examples on how to organize a ticket stub memory book (glass jars also work here). If the last thing you need is another book then you can attempt the ticket stub bookmarks however, let me first caution you – most tickets are designed to turn black under heat as a protective measure so include a piece of paper between two stubs and laminate with care. Or, do my cheap-ass version and just use packing tape or mac-tac (which the internet tells me is basically like big sheets of packing tape- how did I not know about this you guys?!).

Magnets: Glass beads with flat bottom, meet ticket stub and magnet. Ticket stub and magnet, meet glass beads. Y’all place nice with some Mod Podge now.

Serving Trays & Coasters: I’ve already spoken about how much I love a good serving tray – and the process is no different here, just decoupage some ticket stubs in to the bottom of an available tray. Same deal for coasters… just decoupage tickets onto a coaster shape.

Curtains: If you’re lucky enough to own a sewing machine (high-five), a simple stitch through the center of a group of tickets turns them into paper curtains. If you’ve got a bunch of film cells laying around, you can probably recreate this ticket stub film display pretty easily.

Rolodex: Either a functional kind, filled with business cards and separated by ticket stubs glued to cardboard (glue and a hole punch should do the job), or a rolodex scrapbook filled with all your odds and ends and memories.

Table Tops & Doors: Go Gold Cane on it and just shove some tickets under a glass table, or create a color-coordinated door with a rainbow decoupage of tickets. (You can also decoupage a table with tickets… however you’re probably gonna have a helluva time sliding tickets under a glass door).

Necklaces: Get inspired by the tiny ticket reproductions at MollyHawkDesigns, then study yourself up on resin jewelry making (casting resin + hardening catalyst = rad clear cube jewelry) and try your hand at a full-sized version.


Images courtesy A.Bouman,, and Etsy Seller MollyHawkDesigns.

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Amber Bouman - Crafty & Cashless

Amber Bouman - Crafty & Cashless

A freelance writer, blogger and poet based in San Francisco, Amber has written for PC World, InfoWorld, and the 16th & Mission Review. She has performed at City Hall, Litquake, the Brainwash, 16th & Mission, BlueSix, and SFSU among other places. Amber is also consummate fan of swearing, organizational freak, yoga practitioner, music geek, caffeine addict, and tattoo enthusiast who enjoys platform shoes, making out, thumb wrestling and fighting the good fight. She owns a bicycle named Gretel, a motor scooter named Elroy and a cat named Simon. She can be found in various virtual locations all over your interwebs.


  1. Magian75
    March 25, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Hey great coverage! I have been collecting movie and concert ticket stubs since I started dating my girlfriend (now wife) some two years before we got married.

    What I did was compile them together with a set of photos to create a hybrid photo montage that we could then frame and hang up for eternity on our house wall (for our future kids to ooh and aah over).

    Check out the video here:


  2. Madison Tenney
    April 6, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    If you have a large mirror in the house, you could always line the frame with the tickets by sticking them between the mirrior and the frame. This is a nice way to display your concert/special tickets without having to buy/make anything new.