Frame your prints – money saving tips and inspiration

Framing can be expensive so I’m always on the look out for picture framing tips and tutorials, either how to do it myself or how to get a bargain. In this post I’ve rounded up some resources on the web plus a few ideas of my own to help you get some gorgeous walls full of great art without breaking the bank! So whether you need to buy cheap frames, make your own photo frame, or just need some ideas for hanging frames – read on!

Make your own

It might be a bit of a challenge, but use these guides to have a go at making your own.

This tutorial from Popsugar will show you how to mat or mount your prints in inexpensive frames, making them look professional and pretty cool:

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You wouldn’t believe it but this easy to make, cheap frame by Oh Happy Day is made out of plexiglass and tape:

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Follow this clear, step-by-step guide from WikiHow:

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Six Sisters’ Stuff has this awesome post for making your own frames out of crown moulding – perfect!

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Use a disused pallet to make some stylish and chunky rustic-looking frames, from Houzz contributor Julie Ranee:

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Upcycle

Got a boring old frame at home that you hate, or found the right sized frames in your local charity shop or pound shop but think they’re a bit bleurgh? Don’t despair, decorate!

Goodwillionaire has turn an old-fashion gold frame into a thing of beauty!

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Cover up. Alyssa B Young created these map covered frames, perfect for holiday pics:

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Spray it! Give a frame an instant lift with a bit of spray paint, some great examples from Lovely Little Snippets:

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Use washi tape for a really quick way to update a frame, Superlovely shows you how:

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Use some pretty patterned paper, love these examples by Design Love Fest:

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Get creative with paint to match your colour scheme. Love these by DIY Home Cuteness:

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Use found objects like these great driftwood frames by Salvaged Whimsy:

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Think outside the frame

Who says you need frames anyway? Take a look at this lot for inspiration:

Use clip boards like they do at Red Velvet Art Store:

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Use hangers like this awesome example from Apartment Therapy:

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Use washi tape (I love it so much!) directly on the wall – make sure they’re your walls though! Lots of nice examples on At Home With Love‘s website:

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Peg photos or small prints; great above a bed or as a focal point to a room. French By Design has lots of great pegging ideas!

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Use some vintage nic-nacs to attach your print to, like this vintage grater photo display by Homeroad:

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Where to buy cheap frames for refurbishing, decorating and up-cycling:

  • Charity shops, if you’re in the UK find your nearest one using The Charity Retail’s website
  • Second-hand stores and thrift shops, search online for shops in your area to find your nearest.
  • Ikea – lots of cheap frames! Many are uncoated for easy painting.
  • Cargo – fairly large range of picture frame in lots of sizes, they often have sales on too.
  • eBay – get some huge bargains if you’re lucky!
  • Preloved – a bit like eBay
  • Eze Frame – get inexpensive bespoke picture frames online. There are lots of companies offering this service but I’ve only used Eze Frame who are super quick! If you have any others to reccommend let me know.
  • Local markets. My local market in Thame, Oxfordshire has a brilliant framer; good quality bespoke framing at half the price of local shops, plus you can get advice and see the frame samples before you go ahead. Check out your local market to see if there is a friendly local framer there too!

I hope this has given you some ideas and inspiration, and shown you that framing your beautiful prints and photos doesn’t have to cost the earth. If you have any picture framing tips or ideas feel free to share in the comments below.

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