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Bug Collecting made cheap!!
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)

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  • How to make a framed decoration. Bug Display Case - Step 1
    Step 1

    Remove the backside of the shadow box; set top part aside.
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    (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.)

  • How to make a framed decoration. Bug Display Case - Step 2
    Step 2

    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).

  • How to make a framed decoration. Bug Display Case - Step 3
    Step 3

    Hot Glue the cardboard down well, evenly spaced around.

  • How to make a framed decoration. Bug Display Case - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut a piece of felt about same size as cardboard.
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    (You will use this to stretch overtop the cardboard, kinda like a canvas)

  • How to make a framed decoration. Bug Display Case - Step 5
    Step 5

    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. :/

  • How to make a framed decoration. Bug Display Case - Step 6
    Step 6

    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.
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    (It helps to glue down the middle first, to hold the stretch, then glue rest)

  • How to make a framed decoration. Bug Display Case - Step 7
    Step 7

    Repeat for other sides ...making it as flat & tight as possible.

  • How to make a framed decoration. Bug Display Case - Step 8
    Step 8

    Cut off excess felt hanging over edge.

  • How to make a framed decoration. Bug Display Case - Step 9
    Step 9

    And your done!

    <--- Should look like this

  • How to make a framed decoration. Bug Display Case - Step 10
    Step 10

    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!!
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    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.

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Hella
Hella · Rotterdam, South Holland, NL · 60 projects
Thanks for your answer, I will try it soon Happy
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DarkAshHurts
DarkAshHurts · 119 projects
All of them are real, i caught & killed them with a "killing jar". Once bugs are dead for a few days, they dry out & you cant move them or they fall apart. Most moths/butterflies die with closed wings, it sucks.
If u want to use the moth, you'll have to re-hydrate it, to make it soft again. Put a wet cottonball into a jar, cover it with cardboard (so the bug doesnt touch it). Then put the bug inside & close the jar. The moist air should re-hydrate it within 2 days, & you can open its wings & pin it.
...i should probably make a bug collecting/pinning tutorial too. lol its not easy.
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Hella
Hella · Rotterdam, South Holland, NL · 60 projects
I love it but I have A question. The butterflies, are they real? And if they are, did you kill them or did you find them dead. I found a moth but the wings are closed. Do you know how I can open them without breaking them?
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