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Collection Frames

Fill a shadow box frame with dark velvet and natural elements for a modern look.




Resources: RIBBA shadow box frames available from Ikea. Shells available from Jamali Garden Supply. Hot-glue gun with hot-glue sticks available from Martha Stewart Crafts.


  • Shadow box frame
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Dark velvet
  • Scissors
  • Black or dark duct tape
  • Collection of shells
  • Hot-glue gun with hot-glue sticks


  1. Step 1

    Remove mat from frame. Cut a piece of cardboard 2 inches smaller in length and width than the frame mat. Place cardboard on the wrong side of velvet; trim velvet so it extends 1 1/2 inches from each side of cardboard.

  2. Step 2

    Snip an arch shape from each corner of velvet. Fold two opposing sides of velvet in toward center, and tape to the back of the cardboard. Tucking in corners, fold and tape remaining two sides to back of cardboard.

  3. Step 3

    Cut a piece of cardboard 1 inch smaller in length and width than first piece. Attach this piece to the center back of the velvet-covered board with hot glue.

  4. Step 4

    Arrange shells as desired on the velvet. Secure shells to velvet with hot glue. Center board on top of frame mat and glue in place; place mat with board in frame.

The Martha Stewart Show, October 2010



Reviews (4)

  • Tytoalba 12 Mar, 2011

    I am inspired! I would love to create an arrangement of frames like this to showcase my growing collection of antique keyplates/escutcheons.

  • Foreverbliss 25 Jan, 2011

    Martha used black hot-glue sticks . Where can I purchase the black sticks? I have the glue gun and the clear sticks already. You sell a combination of gun and clear and black sticks together. I only need the black glue sticks. Please Help.

  • NewDayTeacher 18 Jan, 2011

    The 1-12-11 show stated that I could buy the shadow frames from Ikea. I have made 2 attempts at doing so. How are the shadow frames listed? I want to make these collection frames to display my son's shells from around the world.

  • Cynthial 15 Jan, 2011

    Where can I purchase the black glue sticks????