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How To Mount A Varsity Letter

May 15, 2024

You may be well past the glory days of being a star player on the varsity team, but the memories of long practice sessions, endless drills and a stacked win/loss record are as strong as ever.  Commemorate those happy days by float mounting your varsity letter in a beautiful shadow box frame in your home. Whether this piece is a family heirloom varsity letter from a grandparent or your own, learn how can help protect this important piece of memorabilia with UV-resistant acrylic in their beautiful frames.

mounting supplies for varsity letter shadow box


  • Shadow box frame (I used Brindle)
  • Adhesive-backed foam core
  • Straight pins with small heads
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

Sure, you can mount your varsity letter directly onto the backer of your shadow box, but this float mounting technique helps elevate -- literally! -- this displayed look.

adhering varsity letter in shadow box frame

Lay the adhesive-backed foam core with the sticky side down (and the adhesive not yet peeled) on top, and lay the varsity letter face down on top. Trace this face-down letter with a pencil.

Lift the letter and now draw a second shape inside this shape about 1/8” all the way around. This ensures the smaller shape will be hidden behind the varsity letter when mounted.

foam for float mounting varsity letter

Use a craft knife (with a fresh blade) and cut out the inner shape drawn on the adhesive foam core.

pin your varsity letter in shadow box

Use straight pins to attach the varsity letter to the non-adhesive side of the foam core shape, and do your best to hide the pins behind the letter. This allows you to secure your varsity letter to the foam, but not ruin it with adhesives.

varsity letter float mounted in frame

Peel the adhesive backing from the other side of your mounted varsity letter and press down onto your shadowbox backer.

varsity letter shadow box

Assemble your shadow box! Our frame-grade acrylic frame fronts are transparent, lightweight, UV-resistant and shatter-resistant. These are great for beautifully displaying memories and memorabilia while protecting them from dust and UV light.

varsity letter shadow box display

float mounted varsity letter

Add this framed piece of family memorabilia to your home, bringing a piece of history and personality to your walls or shelves.

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