I had wanted to frame some of my shells for awhile now, and I thought these finds were perfect to frame and make DIY art from! These were extremely quick and easy to make. I used crisp white modern shadow box frames and matting, and arranged my shells in a modern, minimalist style. The nice thing about shadow box frames is you can arrange your items any way you'd like, and they are fairly deep so you can fit decent sized items inside. Scroll below for a quick tutorial and photos for your inspiration!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- White matting (I picked up 11in x 14in matting at Michaels for $6.99 each)
- white cardstock
- glue gun
2. Arrange your shells on the cardstock so you have an idea of how you would like them to look. You can make little dots with a pencil to remind you where you want them.
3. Use your hot glue gun to glue the objects on. I recommend putting glue directly on the objects and then placing on the cardstock so you have more control over where you'd like the objects to be placed. My shells and crab claws were oblong shapes, and so only certain points made contact with the cardstock. I had to make sure I knew which points would make contact so I could glue them accordingly to avoid having extra glue on the cardstock that my shells wouldn't be touching.
4. Once you've got each piece glued, place it in the frame and ta-da! You've got a piece of 3-D art that displays your little treasures! I placed mine on my night-side tables for a modern nautical touch. Now you just need to decide where to put yours!