This is how to turn a flat shadow-box into a Bug Display Case! (for pinned bugs ONLY)...if u like bug collecting, this is 3 times cheaper then buying a premade display box. & twice as sturdy! ;)
My 1st box got full (thats the black one in the pic), so i decided to make this tutorial when i got a new bigger one. Both shadow-boxes i got 50% off at craft stores (theyre ALWAYS On Sale!!!). Everything else was basically free for this project. $8.25 in all!! (for big display)
Remove the backside of the shadow box; set top part aside.
(Mine had a picture glued to it, i had to rip off. Make sure you buy a frame with a "pull-tab" on the back also ...or theyll be extremely difficult to open.)
Measure & cut a piece of cardboard from a box, so that it fits just inside the back-board
...leaving little space all around (mines about a 1/4 in from edge).
Hot Glue the cardboard down well, evenly spaced around.
Cut a piece of felt about same size as cardboard.
(You will use this to stretch overtop the cardboard, kinda like a canvas)
Glue down the felt across the top of the back-board (above the cardboard) very well.
Hold down to dry. ...u might burn your fingers. :/
Grab the opposite end of the felt, and tightly stretch it down to the bottom edge. Glue it down also.
...its okay if it overlaps the back-board, your gonna cut it off later. As long as its tight.
(It helps to glue down the middle first, to hold the stretch, then glue rest)
Repeat for other sides ...making it as flat & tight as possible.
Cut off excess felt hanging over edge.
And your done!
<--- Should look like this
VERY carefully pin your bugs to it, pushing it all the way thru into the cardboard. And carefully place it back in the frame, & display on wall!!
The cardboard & felt hold the pin VERY firmly & secure, so ur bugs dont move or wobble at all ...unlike most displays. It does take some force to get the pin thru cardboard, so id practice first before trying one with a bug on it.