16 February 2011

Make An Ikea Ribba Frame A Shadow Box

Remember when I went on an Ikea binge here?.  Well, I stocked up on some white Ribba frames.  I picked up some 4x6 and 5x7 frames to sprinkle around the nest and use in projects.  For a week, they have been sitting in the yellow Ikea bag that is stashed behind my couch.  I wasn't sure what was going to go in them until I came home from the Scott Antique Market with these finds.
I decided to frame them.  My challenge was finding a frame deep enough to allow for 1/4"-1/2" thick items to sit behind some glass.  Even my Ribba frames weren't cutting it.
This is when I thought to turn the Ribba into a shadow box.  It was so simple.  I am sure there probably even better ways out there, but this is what worked for me.
1.  Take some foam, mounting tape.
2.  Cut into skinny strips that are no larger than the lip of your frame.
3.  Place glass into the frame.
4.  In the center of each side of the frame, stack 4 or 5 pieces of mounting 
     tape directly on the glass to create desired thickness.
To assist in supporting the weight of the metal items I wanted to mount, I chose to mount the items directly to the hard backing of the frame.  This meant that I needed to cover the back in some scrapbook paper.
Using the same mounting tape, I affixed the skeleton keys to the scrapbook paper and popped my frame together.  Here is my finished product.
These Ribba frames are legit!  They run $2.99 or $4.99 for the 4x6 or 5x7.  Plus, they come with a mat.  Don't want the mat?  Pull it out to change your 4x6 to a 5x7 and the 5x7 to (almost) an 8x10.  I know I will be picking up some more of these next time I am at Ikea.  I am thinking I will find uses from them everywhere.

What could you see shadow boxing in a Ribba?

*Want to see what went in one of my 5x7 Ribba frames?  Click here for the dry erase love letter tutorial.

The Lettered Cottage


  1. Oh I love skeleton keys. I don't own any yet but they are in my near future!

  2. So stinking fabulous girl!
    That made those keys totally worth going back for!

  3. I love EVERYTHING....I love the new look too! It is so posh and lush....so you my dear! I love the keys and the frames. Oh my -- I am definitely a stalker wannabe. :) If anything..I am so envious of your trips. When can I come?


  4. Looks great! Very clever too converting the frame!!

  5. Good idea. Shadow boxes are so expensive. Love it.

  6. This is a great idea! These look like something you could find at Ballard... very cute! :)

  7. I found this in a search. I may just do this... working on figuring out how I want to display some old keys. Great blog!

  8. I loved what you did! It inspired me to get a nice big IKEA Ribba frame (I think it was a 19x19) and I shadowboxed my son's baptism outfit, candle and photos of him and his godparents. Thanks for sharing!

  9. does the mounting tape hold the heavier items well or do they fall?

  10. Great idea!!!! thanks for showing!

  11. Great idea!!!! thanks for showing!

  12. Just wondering how you got the back of the frame to stay on ... I would guess the clips wouldn't work.

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  27. Hi!

    I just stumbled onto your page after searching to see if the Ribba frames could hold onto something deeper than just a poster. In my case, I'm looking to frame the board of a boardgame (Pandemic Legacy, which we've finished so won<t be using anymore). This is a GREAT idea.. I'll definitely have to try it.

    Thank you! :) Shadow boxes and customized frames are so friggin expensive.


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