12 Months of Martha: Pom-Pom Shadow Boxes from Design Improvised

If you follow Design Improvised, you know the site’s curator, Haeley, is a pom-pom fanatic. Using some of the colorful paint she received in her 12 Months of Martha box, she created the adorable pom-pom shadow boxes you see below. Read on to learn how to craft your own!


Photography by: Courtesy of Design Improvised

Tools and Materials for Pom-Pom Shadow Boxes

  • Natural, raw wood shadow box
  • Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Craft Paint (Haeley used Party Streamer and Camellia Pink)
  • Small, colored pom-poms 
  • Foam brushes
  • Painters’ tape
  • A fun print to frame (if you’ve got any graphic design skills, design and print your own!)


1. Use your painters’ tape to mark off the area of the frame you want to paint. You can use a ruler to make sure you place the tape at the same position on each side of the frame. Apply 2 to 3 coats of paint with your foam brush, allowing the paint to dry between coats.

2. Once the paint is dry, fill your shadow box with pom-poms. I used just enough to make a row along the bottom. Add your print and you’re done!


Haeley is displaying her new art in her office, along with some of the Martha Stewart Tissue Pom-Poms she saved from a Mother’s Day brunch party.