This is how I make my simple shadow boxframe to put up my mini ribbon embroideries so they won't be flattened in normal frames.
- Get a normal flat frame. I had some that I bought from IKEA.
- Find a corrugated box material for base (lets recycle and contribute to preserving trees). I bought some shelves last time and saved the box. Measure the inner border of the frame and leave some excess space on the sides. The wider the excess, the deeper your box will be but make sure the excess is evenly wide on every side ya...
- Since I'm making this frame to put up my ribbon embroidery, I stitched the ribbon embroidery (RE) on to the corrugated base and snipped off the excess cloth. If you are putting up a photo instead, you can cut 4 slits at the 4 corners (centre the photo and adjust the slits to the size of photo) to insert the corners of the photos.
- Make the inner frame (size is to your preferred width) and make sure the base is painted in the same color. In my case I used a black whiteboard marker because I used a black corrugated paper as the inner frame. Stitch the inner frame onto the RE and base to ensure it lies flat and not moving about.
- Turn the frame on its back (glass intact), insert the base into the inner concave of the frame. You can paint the base so that you'll have a plain box base ( I was not particularly aware of that last night, so you can see the instruction diagram of the shelf I bought heheh)
- Ensure the base is well tucked in. You can proceed to seal the base to the frame using clear adhesive tape (or any strong medium of choice to ensure the box stays intact with the frame).
- Attach the original base (the one with the frame standee) using any method you know and your boxframe is ready.
This is the original base before glued or taped to the shadowbox frame.
side, front, and back.