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Pinterest DIY Projects

DIY Art Projects

Sometimes, you need an extra little bit of motivation to get started with a new year – especially if you’re a creative type. Luckily, we have Pinterest to keep us in the know about simple DIY Art Projects throughout the year. If you haven’t joined the Pinterest community (or worse, haven’t heard of Pinterest), it may be time to crawl out of the rock you’ve clearly been under and join! Pinterest is a great resource for creatives, anyone from stay-at-home moms to small business owners and Etsy merchants.

Many of our Pinterest followers enjoy posting and sharing different DIY projects that they have done, or they’ll share ideas that we’ve shared. Framing is an art in itself, and there’s no doubt that many art projects of this type involve wall-mounted displays.

Monochrome Photo Wall
You’ll find many great inspirational images like this on craft blogs and Pinterest.

DIY Craft Materials

Etsy is a great place to find a supplier to get you started for materials. Depending on what you need for your project, you can find things for pretty cheap. Another great place to look is Amazon, but be wary about constantly-changing prices.

We also have some great products and accessories that give you the freedom to display in any way you want. From posterhangers to frame connectors; matting tape to mounting tape — we have it all. Find them here: http://www.frameusa.com/hangers-accessories

Unfinished/DIY Picture Frames

Along with having the right materials, you’ll need a starting point for a frame. If you’re the type to create a frame by hand, then big kudos to you! There are several great ways to do this. For the rest of us, though, it’s great to have a starting point.

  • Unfinished Picture Frames: These are shaped like a standard frame, but do not have any finish or stain to them (hence the name!) With these, you can alter the color, finish, neatness and anything else you can think of!
  • Decorate-It Picture Frames: This series has the sole purpose of being decorated. Perfect for fun crafts with the kids or for total customization. Several of our customers love them for Etsy and Pinterest projects!
  • U-Frame Kits: Made of metal and made to last, these metal picture frames come to you ready-to-assemble. Simply grab your closest screwdriver and start assembling! These babies can hold much larger artwork than the standard metal frame and look great for gallery displays.
  • Shadow Box Frames: The pinnacle of the “DIY” theme, shadow boxes give you the power to conceive the ultimate creative project. The challenge of creating a 3D composition for a 2D display can be tough, but is always rewarding. Use this for sports collectibles, historic documents, wedding ornaments, dioramas, or contemporary art pieces.

DIY Art Projects Inspiration

For all things creative and art-oriented, you can never go wrong with Pinterest and Etsy. Pinterest is the best place for discovering projects and (if you’re lucky) walkthroughs on how to complete the project. Etsy is great for seeing other completed projects and comparing them to your own. It’s a good milestone in reasoning and comparing whether your finished product could be received well on Etsy or not. Of course, if the DIY art project is for yourself, then you don’t even need this step! Create away!

Pinterest DIY Projects
Pinterest is always a good place to start.

What sorts of projects are on the horizon for February? Follow us on Pinterest and share what you have planned!

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Gallery Ideas for Contemporary Homes

Contemporary homes and décor take a minimalistic approach to design. This allows for plenty of open space and oftentimes, empty wall space as well. Incorporating a photo gallery will add beauty to your home without taking up too much space. Let’s take a look at some contemporary gallery ideas for different areas of the home.

Entryways

Entryway Pictures A home’s entryway is one of the best places to add a photo gallery. This will be the first thing visitors will see when they walk through the door. A simple layout with no more than six photos will add interest without becoming overbearing. For a truly modern look, opt for modern living picture frames and choose one frame size for the project. Line the photos horizontally with three on top and three on the bottom. If you do choose to vary the photo sizes, limit it to one or two variations and make adjustments to your layout to create balance.

Dining Area

If you choose to place your gallery in the dining area, displaying your favorite artwork may be a better option than displaying family photos. Art prints are relatively inexpensive and you can purchase your own sleep frames to suit your home’s décor. In this room, you want to keep things as simple as possible. Try displaying your photos or artwork above your buffet table. Four simple but generously sized photos will complement this space. To maintain balance, create a square with the photos by hanging two on top and two on the bottom.

Hallways

Hallways are a great place for photo galleries as they tend to provide plenty of open space. Choose as little or as many photos as you like. Longer hallways are best complemented by galleries that extend from floor to ceiling, while shorter hallways look best with a small horizontal gallery. If you decide to create a floor to ceiling gallery, make sure to maintain at least five inches of space between each photo to prevent cluttering the walls.

Living Room

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Perhaps the best room to place a photo gallery would be the living room. Here is where you entertain guests and spend quality time with your family. Displaying your favorite family photos in a clean and simple way will allow you to maintain a contemporary look while still being able to display your family’s beautiful memories. Placing the gallery above the couch will help create balance in the room and fill up empty wall space. Rectangular living rooms can benefit greatly from the addition of a gallery.

Gallery Tips

For a unique look, try incorporating other decorative elements into your gallery. Add a small shelf between photos to display plants or other small decorative items. Wall decals can also help add balance and fill in the gaps.

Remember that your gallery does not have to be limited to photos. You can also frame monograms, art prints or even a peacock feather. You are only limited by your imagination and your budget, so have fun and be creative with your gallery.

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Creating Lasting Memories Through Art Stories

Pictures are more than mere decorations. With pictures, a story can be told that shows events in a new and exciting way. The larger the pictures, the more detail and realistic an art story can be. Art stories are essentially chronological events that are shown through pictures. These can be created by anyone and will be able to be used in homes, offices and virtually any space that needs decorating. With the holiday season right around the corner, the most interesting use of stainless picture frames will be that of the holiday surprise.
Showing the Holiday Surprise

Stainless Picture Frames Stainless frames look like real stainless steel frames, but they are made of wood. This is the perfect color for the holiday season and works well with garland, Christmas lights and any other festive decoration a home may have. However, a holiday art story can take center stage in any home. The goal is to show events as they have occurred. Here are just a few of the events that are more commonly seen:

 

  • Present Opening: From the pickup of a present to the unwrapping, this is the ideal art story that works especially well with younger kids.
  • Proposal: From bended knee to the tears streaming down her face, a wedding proposal can always be remembered through an art story.
  • First Snow: The first hint of snow can lead to a very interesting story. With animals, the first sight of snow is priceless. A story created with these pictures will bring happiness to all that see them.

Obviously, the potential for a holiday surprise story is limitless. Simply start with the most memorable moment for you and let your imagination go wild.

A Happy Couple Starts Somewhere

Wedding photo frames are great for big wedding pictures, but stainless picture frames simply take center stage. There are quite a few ways in which the love of a couple can be presented and each will be completely dependent on your own likes.

  • Wedding Day: From smashing the cake in the grooms face to the carrying of the bride into the home, wedding day art stories are both beautiful and memorable.
  • Throughout the Years: From the first anniversary all the way through the couple’s first kiss as a married couple, these stories simply resonate with the majority of people and are a testament to their love.

Wedding Story Placing a final, larger picture at the end of the story will provide prominence and allow all viewers to truly be lost in your story of love.

Moving Into Your First Home

First-Home A first home is filled with fun, excitement and a lot of packing. This is the perfect memory to put into a story as it will be the home people remember the most. While the initial hassles may want to be forgotten, the final results will always be treasured. A few ideas to get the ball rolling are:

  • Packing: From the truck to the unpacking of the final box, a story can be told of where a person has come from and where they have finally ended up.
  • Empty to Complete: A series of pictures that show the home empty and finally being filled up with all of your possessions is a fun way to add life into a living room or dining room.

Stainless picture frames also do exceptionally well with black and white photography. When adding pictures to a story, remember to keep them in chronological order and use the beauty of the frame to truly outline the moment.

 

Photo Wall

How to Create a Photo Wall: A Step-by-Step Guide

Photo walls are becoming increasingly popular in the world of home décor. Not only do they add interest and appeal to a room, but with the right display, it can turn your home into a professional art gallery. Creating a photo wall can be a bit of a challenge, but the guide below will walk you through each step of the process.

Gather Photos for Your Photo Wall

Pile pf Photos The first step in the process is to gather photos to use in your gallery. Choosing a theme can help tie your photos together and create a harmonious look. Photos from your latest vacation are a great option, or you can choose to create a family photo wall that features your friends and loved ones. Regardless of whether you opt for a theme or an eclectic mix of your favorite snapshots, you need to ensure that the pictures you choose are of high quality and clear.

Create a Layout

Once you have gathered all of your photos, you can create a layout for your wall. To avoid making a mess, try creating layouts using paper first. Measure and cut out large pieces of paper to match the sizes you have in mind. Hang each piece of paper on the wall using masking tape. This will give you the freedom to try out multiple layouts without having to damage your walls.

As a general rule of thumb, you want to create a sense of balance when creating your wall gallery. For example, a tall 8 X 10 photo can be balanced out by adding two horizontal 5 x 7 photos to the left or the right of the large photo.

Plenty of photo wall layouts can be found online, which will give you some ideas based on the location of the photo wall and the number of photos you have chosen. Once you have found a layout you love, you can purchase frames for your photos and get to work.

Select the Right Frame

The most important part of the process is selecting the right frame. Not only should it be an aesthetically pleasing choice, but one that can withstand the test of time. Café wide picture frames can add warmth and elegance to your photo wall with rich and robust colors that complement any photo style.

Most homeowners choose to mat the photos they place on their photo wall. While this is a matter of personal opinion, matting does help create a professional look that will make your photos stand out. Just keep in mind that matting will require you to place a smaller photo in the frame.

Monochrome Photo Wall Photo walls are all about letting your own creativity shine and showing off the best photos in your personal collection. Always remember that less is sometimes more and to keep some space between each photo. Even large walls can wind up looking cluttered and disorganized if photos are placed too closely together. While you may be tempted to put all of your family photos on the wall, try to limit your collection to something appropriate for the wall.

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Creating Memories During the Christmas Holiday Season

winter Thanksgiving is over. Look outside and what do you see? Lights, blow up snowmen, people rushing about furiously, insane traffic, and crazier shoppers. We all know how commercialized the Holidays have become, and it’s all too easy to get caught up in all the mayhem and forget one of most important aspects of this season — family.

This season, take a moment out of the madness to take a deep breath and prioritize. Is Christmas really about making sure you are spending enough on everyone equally, or trying to one up another gift giver by making sure you spend more. Is it about beating the shopper next to you to the last XBOX 1 or PS4? Has it become so commercial and hurried that we can’t stop for a moment and make some awesome Christmas memories? I hope not.

So, this season spend a little time thinking about how you can make some new and lasting holiday memories. Let’s take a look at some ideas from others across the internet…

White Elephant Gift Exchange

On my step-fathers side of the family we have always do a white elephant gift exchange. If you are not familiar, this is where everyone finds one gift to give from something either around the house or something under a set spending limit. The gift can either be funny or useful. I tend to lean toward the funny or gag gifts just to watch the reactions. That’s what makes the fun memories for me and everyone else seems to like smiling and laughing, as well. We wrap the gifts properly and then everyone brings their gift to our family Christmas get together and places it in the pile. Family Christmas Gift Exchange

During our gift exchange, the first person selects 1 wrapped gift from the assortment and unwraps it. The next person can then, either select a wrapped present from the pile or they can take the unwrapped gift that the previous person opened. If they chose to steal, then the person stolen from takes the next turn.

Additional Rules:

  1. A gift can not be “stolen” more than twice. Whoever steals it 2nd gets the gift.
  2. A gift can not be immediately stolen back by the person it was stolen from.
  3. All gifts must be kept in plain sight.

Get the Kids Involved

Christmas Memories It doesn’t matter if you are preparing a feast or stringing up Christmas lights and decorations to rival the Griswald’s, be sure to involve the children. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season and push the kids aside and do things ourselves in the name of efficiency.  It seems there is so much to do that we don’t have time to teach or show our children how important family actually is.

Bake some cookies or make some candy and let little hands help as they learn tasty skills that they will pass on.

Involve children in decorating the home and tree. Make some decorations with your kids, or even just 1 decoration, then repeat every year to create a tradition. Stockings and ornaments are always a decent choice.

Let the kids learn from Grandma in the Kitchen. I know it’s busy, but remember Grandma won’t ALWAYS be around. This is the chance for her to spend some real quality time and pass down her years of knowledge in the kitchen. Start with something simple like rolling dough into a ball for the dinner rolls. They’ll love it.

Volunteer or Give

There are people in every community that have less than the majority of us. This brings a multitude of ways that you can help out and create new memories for your family. All you have to do is give… It doesn’t matter if you volunteer time to help distribute food at a shelter, serve meals at a soup kitchen, or just stop and ask someone if the “need anything”. Get involved and try to do something that will make an impact in someones life. You’ll be surprised how it will benefit YOU and your family, as well.

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Saving the Memories

I can’t stress the next part enough. With all the smartphones running around your household, there is NO reason to not take some snapshots to remember your time together. Capture the moments that touched your heart. Print the images. Protect them in a frame, and everyone visits your home can share in a little piece of your favorite moments. Shop for Picture Frames

Happy Holidays From FrameUSA.com!