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How to Decorate your Apartment Without Nails or Screws.

There are so many sites and blogs out there dedicated to helping you decorate your first apartment or house. In fact when you do a quick google search for Decorating your first apartment  you will get about 23,400,000 results to sift through.

After going through the first page of results I had an overwhelming realization that not many of those 23,400,000 results gave me something that was temporary. All of them talked about hanging frames, or screwing in mirrors or adding shelves. All of which are the perfect solutions for those that have purchased a house (we’re personally biased on the hanging frames part). However for those that are transitioning into their very first apartment, all of these tips are crap. When you’re  renting a space you don’t have the ability to screw things into the walls, add shelves, hammer in nails or even sometimes paint your walls a fun color without the risk of forfeiting your security deposit.

So what is a new renter supposed to do to turn their rented Apartment into a home?

We’ve come up with some great ways to decorate an apartment that doesn’t require nails or screws.

one of the easiest ways to decorate your apartment is with fun furniture. A funky couch or chair can really spice up a living room. For those that aren’t into having such a big purchase be the focal point of the room. Try to use pillows or blankets as a way to add color. You can get pillows with sequins or lace  or different colors the possibilities are endless.

Since we aren’t a full shop for decorating we know more about decorating with picture frames and art. The only problem is that what happens when you have a large piece of art— large frames take screws or nails.

But don’t worry you have some options, for one, if It is a frame that is not too terribly large you can purchase what we refer to as an easel mate.

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The easel mate is perfect for the larger more manageable frames such as 11×14 and smaller that don’t normally come with an easel back. It screws into the back of the frame and turns  that hanging frame into a table top frame or a shelf frame.

The other option if the piece of art is too large is to have an easel mate is to use poster mounts or mounting tape. This is a mountable adhesive that allows you to hang posters and art prints to just about any surface and have it easily remove.

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The other option for the larger pieces is to hang it with a frame. If you are thinking how can i hang my art with a frame, didn’t you just say that large frames don’t work in apartments? You would be right, I did say that. This isn’t your normal type of frame. This frame is something called poster hangers.

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These are plastic pieces that slide on to the top and bottom of the piece and sit flatly on the wall. These poster hangers typically come with metal saw tooth that you screw into the wall but for our particular purpose that won’t work. But these can also use the poster mounts or mounting tape as a way to add some pizzazz to a piece and still not leave a mark.

 

So use these tips and go forth and decorate your new home but first, tell us, What are some of your apartment decorating tips that don’t require screws or nails?

A How To on Frame USA’s Online Custom Framing Tool:Build A Frame

Build A Frame has been  around for quite some time, but we are still getting some questions about it. So what we did was come up with a fool proof info graphic that goes through what Build A Frame offers and how awesome it really is.

Here are the top ten reasons why we think Build A Frame is the next best thing since sliced bread:

  1. Build a Frame lets you make your art into a framed masterpiece without evening have to leave your house
  2. Almost any size can be entered into Build A Frame with a click of a few keys.
  3. You can not only get a single mat but you can also get a double and a triple.
  4. You won’t have to worry about buying hanging kits, all Build A Frame orders come with them!
  5. Build A frame lets you get your favorite poster from Posterservice.com framed before you even ships from the warehouse
  6. You don’t have to worry about printing your image, Build A Frame gives you the option to make Frame USA Employees print it for you on super nice high quality paper.
  7. You’re not limited in what type of frame you can get. Build A Frame has all options
  8. Custom matting from Build A Frame gives you endless options
  9. Build a Frame gives you three choices of glazing, not just forces you to choose the most expensive option!
  10. Build A Frame lets you have a custom framing experience that you desire, stick to the basics or go for the gold either way Build A Frame is a winner.

 

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Wedding Season is upon us!—Wedding Ideas with Picture Frames

Using Picture Frames on Your Wedding Day

The start of summer/end of spring marks the beginning of wedding season. There is just something about the return of beautiful flowers and plants that makes tying the knot so appealing. Weddings are a blast, who doesn’t love a night to spend with loved ones eating delicious food and dancing the night away. When you’re the one planning the wedding however, the weeks leading up to the event are filled with countless hours spent looking for the perfect venue, the best food and cake, the beautiful flowers and attire all to make your day perfect. This time is so stressful that by the end of the reception all you want to do is sleep!

With that being said the one thing that serves as a lifeline to a Bride is Pinterest.

Pinterest gives the couple the perfect outlet to find ideas when the bride or groom is one flower arrangement away from becoming bridezilla (or groomzilla!). It keeps the planners sane and organized. We thought we would give our readers some of our favorite Pinterest finds to make picture frames a part of your perfect day.

Seating Charts: 

If you are looking for a inexpensive way to show your guests where to sit, lose the individual place cards and instead opt for one large frame that has where everyone is sitting. We’ve got a couple of ideas for you that we’ve found:

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The other option that we have seen first hand work well. Create a basic outline of the room that shows where each table is located and then list where each person is sitting so that people know exactly what table their sitting at and where they can find it!

 

Decorations:

 

There is something beautiful about picture frame shells as decorations. There are so many ways they can be used, and in so many different wedding themes. You can’t go wrong.

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Decorations that serve a purpose are the best kind of decorations. We love the idea of letting your guests know the type of drinks they can get by using a framed menu.  10649857_10152272250322484_6844616073796223897_n 1609730_10152180241597484_165841600951455848_n

Another decoration idea that serves a purpose: tell your guests who your maids and men are!

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The probably best way to incorporate picture frames in your big day is by using one as your guest book!

A matted picture with your loved ones signatures forever displayed as you start your life together is a great way to remember your special day. Check out our great selection of picture frames, all of which are able to be engraved with your wedding date!

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Spring Cleaning Tips

Cleaning for Spring with Ease!

April showers and flowers starting to bloom are signs that spring is here. With spring comes spring cleaning. Regardless, if you find spring cleaning enjoyable or not looking forward to it at all, here are a few tips and tricks to ease the hassle.

  • Create spring cleaning goals and a timeline

Figure out what you want to accomplish during your cleaning. For example, is it putting all your winter clothes in storage and pulling out your spring/summer wardrobe? Do you want to redecorate your kitchen or bathroom? Do you want to give your home an old fashion deep cleaning? Once you created your goals, give yourself a timeline. A realistic one! Here’s an example of a time line for someone whose goal is deep clean their home.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Kitchen Bathroom(s) Living Room Bedroom(s) Basement/Garage Office/Den Yard/Patio

 

  • Get your family involved

Take the load off yourself. If you have small kids have them take on the smaller chores (cleaning door handles, throwing things away in the pantry, separating laundry). For older kids, have them vacuum, wipe down glass, etc… Involve your partner in your spring cleaning. Have them tackle one room while you do the other. Or maybe you both can take on the kitchen, so it gets done quicker. Getting help, not only lessens the load on you but gives your family a sense of ownership when it comes to cleaning and taking care of the home.

  • Maintain your home daily

What’s the point of spending a week of cleaning and the next week, it’s back to before? Your home needs daily attention to maintain order. Take a few minutes every day to keep your home intact. Utilize the schedule in tip one, to keep up with your daily upkeep.

 

Decorating Tip!

Turn your picture frame into a calendar. It is a great and creative way to keep up with your cleaning schedule.

Blogger Amanda at ohamanda.com has a great tutorial how to do this. Click here for details…

Useful Tips for Decorating

National Decorating Month: Useful Tips to Make Decorating Easier

April 2015 — National Decorating Month

Almost every month has a whole bunch of really obscure holidays that go unappreciated. The Month of April has April fool’s Day on the 1st but it also has countless other holidays to celebrate daily. Today there is the option of celebrating Rubber Eraser Day or Titanic Remembrance Day. Most of the holidays serve as a silly way to pass the time and great conversation starters. Among the daily holidays, the month of April has been designated as National Decorating Month.

Decorating for some people is as easy as walking, for others, decorating causes immense anxiety. Being in the framing industry we would like to consider ourselves experts at decorating, but even we sometimes have questions. We found that the best place to find the answers is Pinterest.  Almost everything you ever need to know can be found on Pinterest, you just need to know what to search for!

We’ve decided to take the grunt work out of research by providing you with an easy way to get useful tips from one source: Our Pinterest Board.

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Our Pinterest board is a mecca of a variety of different topics relating to home decor. The most recent induction to our Pinterest boards, Useful Tips, is where you can find the answers to your questions and turn decorating back into something fun.

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Here are some of our favorite tips that we have found to be useful! Check out our Pinterest board for even more useful tips!

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If you have any tips we would love to feature them on our blog and add them to our Pinterest Board, reach out to us!

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day Ideas

There is a little over a week left to prepare for Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day sometimes can be difficult especially when it follows relatively close to other gifting holidays. So what else is left to give the people in your life that appear to have everything?! We’ve compiled a couple of ideas to help inspire your inner crafter and create one of a kind gifts for everyone special in your life.

Earlier this week we started creating a pinterest board with Valentine’s Day ideas that we came across. This board is a compilation of home decorating ideas and gifts for your child’s teacher all the way to your significant other. We will be continually putting more and more ideas into this board leading up to V-Day.

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Here are some of our favorites we have seen so far.

Valentine for Your Child’s Favorite Teacher:

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Frame a quote for your child’s favorite teacher. There are so many free print out sites that have quotes like this one or others. If you want something more meaningful, find a class picture, or a picture with your child and the teacher. Having your child decorate the frame will set your gift apart from the standard store bought valentine. Our Unfinished Series is the perfect frame for the job!

 

Valentine for Your Parents:

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Handmade valentines are just so much better than store bought ones, especially when the recipient is your child’s grandparent. This idea will kill two birds with one stone! Occupy your kids by having them decorate a frame to be used for a valentine for a grandparent.

Don’t have kids? That shouldn’t stop you! Decorate a frame yourself and frame a picture of you and your parent from when you were a kid.

Our Decorate-It frame series is the perfect choice for all ages!

 

Valentine for Your Best Friend:

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Valentine’s Day isn’t just for your significant others! It’s a day to celebrate your love and appreciation for all those you care about, best friends included. Everyone has a favorite picture with their best friend so rather than let it sit in some photo album never to be seen or on your Facebook, use it to make a memorable and meaningful valentine! Find a quote that is appropriate and fitting for your relationship and decorate a frame with it!

Either our Decorate-It Series or our Unfinished Series is perfect for this!

Not big on quotes? Paint our Unfinished Architect Frame instead!

 

Valentine for Your Significant Other:

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Last but definitely not least is a valentine for your significant other. The ideas for this one are endless, but we love the idea of using a shadowbox for this valentine and to make it extra special make it a custom shadowbox using our Shadowbox Elite Unfinished frame.

If you and your sweetie have a song, or a poem that you both love, why not write it out on the back of the shadowbox and use letter tiles like you find in scrabble games to write an extra special message!

 

If you hadn’t noticed, all of the ideas that we gave you here had one thing in common, they all emphasized creating and decorating frames. We think Valentine’s Day gifts should be much more than just a bag of candy and a store bought card. DIY gifts may take extra time, but the feeling they give your loved ones is way worth it.

To make these valentine gift ideas even more sweet (pun definitely intended) we have a sale going on with all the frames mentioned! Save on the frames you use for your V-day gifts that will mean the world to your loved ones. This sale expires 2.5.15 at midnight!

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Frame A-Tee Introduction

Introducing Frame-A-Tee: Frame USA’s T-Shirt Frame Product Line.

The Newest T-Shirt Frame Product Line: Frame-A-Tee

Throughout a persons lifetime it is inevitable that they will have been given and or purchased a large amount of T-shirts.

The T-Shirt hording probably started in high school during pep rally’s and concerts. Continued on after graduation, maybe you went Greek in college and got a new t-shirt every event, or maybe you were an avid sports fan and really represented your college well with spirit wear.

After college and probably even before you may have participated in a charity event/race and received a T-shirt for participating or you wanted to rep your favorite professional sports team with T-shirts. Next thing you know you have an entire dresser filled with just T-shirts. If you’re like me, you probably only wear a quarter of the T-Shirts you have in your possession.

So what do you do with the other T-Shirts!? 

If none of your T-shirts have any sentimental value attached you could just donate them to goodwill or a homeless shelter.

If you have a large group of shirts you can’t bare to part with you could take them to a seamstress and have them made into a blanket, so the memories are still there but the shirts aren’t taking up space.

However you are bound to have at least one or two T-shirts that you couldn’t bare to part with or the idea of them being chopped up tears you up inside. Thanks to a Frame USA Employee you now have a way to properly display and protect your beloved shirts: Frame-A-Tee

We took one of our popular wood moldings, In-Depth and turned it into an outlet for clearing out your closet, and decorating your home!

Frame-A-Tee comes in 2 classic colors, Natural, and Black.

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After testing these frames out we have come up with 3 standard sizes that work for all sizes of T-shirts: 12×12, 14×14 and 14×18.

Each T-Shirt Frame will include the following:

  •  A Frame
  • 2 pieces of Black Foamcore
  • 2 pieces of Cardboard
  • wire kit for hanging
  • Assembly Instructions

All of our employees are so excited about this product and we think our customers are really going to love these. So pull out your T-shirt collection, choose your favorites preserve the memories with Frame USA’s Newest Product: Frame-A-Tee.

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Get To Know Frame USA Employees—Favorite Hobby Friday

Frame USA’s Administrative Assistant on Favorite Hobby Friday

It’s been quite some time since our last Favorite Hobby Friday but we’re back with such a unique hobby that it makes up for missing a couple of Fridays! Today I spoke with our Administrative Assistant Jill Gugel about her favorite hobby, here’s what she had to say:

Jill, what is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobby is making Electric guitars and Cigar Box Guitars (cbg)

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That is so unique, I’ve never met anyone that had this hobby, how long have you been making the guitars?

A year and a half. The photos are builds that are done from bare wood, mostly mahogany and cherry.

That is fascinating, how did you even start creating the guitars?

I was looking for something new to try, when I found a Stratocaster unfinished electric guitar kit. I was hooked.

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You must be pretty much a master by now how long has it taken you to get where you are skill wise?

I am just a hobbyist, to become a Luthier, someone who is a true master of this art, it takes years of study, skill and then apprenticeship. I’ve gotten to where I am now by doing a lot of reading, and watching videos. The best part is there really aren’t any rules especially when making a Cigar Box Guitar.  

I’m learning so much about this craft, I wasn’t even aware that there was a name for a master of making guitars! So how many hours would you say you spend on this hobby a week?

I try to spend about 5-8 hours a week working on any aspect of a build. This also includes the reading and watching videos.

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So since you spend that many hours on this hobby, a favorite part of it must have emerged, what is it?

I enjoy making used or old guitars “Beautiful” again. Seeking out Cigar boxes, and then shaping the headstocks to mimic popular guitars on the market, but then I add a twist. Then of course string the guitar.

 

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You talk about this hobby with such passion I don’t even know if you will be able to answer this question, but what is your least favorite part about making your guitars?

I am not a fan of soldering. That seems like a skill set all by itself. Due to the colder time of a year, I am limited to only staining the guitars, painting has to wait until the warmer months.

 

What has been one of your most memorable experience with this hobby?

All the mistakes and mishaps, somehow those projects’ turn out the best, it’s like magic!!

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You must have a routine set by now, what is one thing that you have learned about yourself through this hobby?

To be a bit more patient, and learn to love sawdust

I don’t even know where I would begin, what is a piece of advice you have for someone that may want to start doing this?

Just do it!

Thank you so much Jill for taking the time to enlighten me and all of our readers about your favorite hobby! 

 

If you have a favorite hobby and would like to see it featured on our blog, Email our SEO Coordinator at [email protected]!

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Upcycled Picture Frames

Upcycled Picture Frames

Unconventional Uses for Picture Frames

Almost everyone knows what picture frames are for—to protect, enhance and display a piece of artwork, a precious document, or a family portrait. That is not the only thing that picture frames can be used for. The uses for picture frames are endless. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite unconventional uses for picture frames that I’ve seen around pinterest, television and even from customers!

1. Apartment Door Decoration using an Upcycled picture Frame

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This use was something I had never thought of until I saw it on the TV Show Selfie. Use a decorative picture frame in shell form (without glass or backing) such as our Napoleon or American Value Silver frames on your door! You can also use a picture frame as a festive wreathe. Our Barnwood frames are perfect for a fall wreathe. This is perfect for apartments to make a door stand out among the sea of doors!

2. Upcycled Frame Collage Artwork 

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Picture frame collages with images in a bunch of different style of frames all painted one color to match but make a statement are very popular. This takes that idea but uses the picture frame shells as art itself! The different styles of our wood frames would be great for this idea.

3. Upcycled picture Frame turned Coffee Table 

I don’t have a picture of this next one since it was an idea from a customer that she is planning on doing. She is planning on making a tabletop with a 2” thick frame to display seashells. She is substituting acrylic instead of glass and wooden dividers for the seashells and to support the acrylic. She figured out that this would be much cheaper than one of those coffee tables that are made for displays. Our Shadow box Elite comes in an unfinished profile which would be great for this so you can stain it and paint it in a color to match your décor.

4. Serving Tray using Upcycled Picture Frame 

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Who doesn’t love parties? Create a unique tray to serve food, drinks or bottles on. Using scrap book paper and acrylic glass in one of our frames. Our Victorian Picture Frames would be a beautiful conversation starter about where you got this vintage looking tray.

5. Nail Polish/Spice Rack using an Upcycled Picture Frame

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This is perfect for the nail polish or food obsessed. Using a picture frame painted with the color of your choice or even just your favorite frame, for me it would be our Black Smoke Series and wood pieces adhered to the back to hold nail polish bottles or spice containers. This is both a piece of art and a handy storage system!

 

I hope my top 5 favorite unconventional uses for upcycled picture frames inspired the DIY crafter inside you. Show us your favorite upcycled picture frames!

 

Most Popular Picture Frame Sizes–Revisited

One of our most popular blog posts to date has been a post about most popular frame sizes We thought we would bring it back as we enter into the holiday season as a resource for you as you purchase picture frames. Enjoy!

Most popular frame sizes

We are often asked what our most popular frame sizes are. It is first important for us to clarify how our sizes work in general. Here is the list of all of the sizes that we consider to be standard frame sizes:

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A listing of our standard picture frame sizes.

In our experience, these are the most popular and most utilized sizes overall. These sizes cover a wide range of photograph sizes, poster sizes, art print sizes, and many other common sizes we see every day. Our most popular sizes are:

5×7

5x7’s are a very popular frame size because so many photographs are printed off in the 5×7 size. 5x7’s are the perfect size to display your photos on a desktop at work, home, or to give a precious memory to someone close to you.

Frames with a smaller molding such as our Corporate Thin series are great but don’t be afraid to go with a wider moulding such as our Bistro Series

8×10

Our 8×10 picture frames are top sellers at Frame USA. Once again, 8×10 is a common picture size, but it is also a perfect frame because it includes a mat. Our 8×10 frames come with an off white mat for a 5×7 image, allowing you to mat your 5×7 picture to help highlight your memories.

8.5×11

8.5 x 11 picture frames are a popular size for documents and certificate. Check out our wide variety of specialty certificate frames or our very popular diploma series. But all of our wood frames and metal frames can be used for documents,diplomas and certificates.

11×14

11×14 frames also include an off white mat but for an 8×10 image. Many of our customers love this size because they can use the frame with the mat, or remove the mat and highlight their 11×14 photographs. Our picture frames all offer this versatility, making Frame USA’s picture frames perfect for any occasion or event.

Some great frames in this size would be our Architect and Corporate series

16×20

If you are looking for a medium sized picture frame, the 16×20 size is a great choice. Our 16×20 picture frames include an off white mat for an 11×14 image. This option provides just over 2” of matting on each side of your image. This is a great size picture frame because you can make it a highlight piece on your wall, or part of a mixture with other frames to form a collage on your wall.

This is a great size to go with a wider picture frame such as our Verona Wide Series.

24×36

Our largest popular size picture frame is our 24 x 36 size. 24 by 36 is the main size that most posters that are sold come in. Therefore if you are looking to frame a poster for a dorm room, your office or house, or to give as a gift, this is the perfect picture frame size for you.

Plaque-mounting your image is another option that would work well, which is basically a way to display an image without a frame. (They do get considerably heavier with size, though!)

 

Know the size of your fine art but not sure which frame you would like to order? Purchase a sample!

When choosing the best picture frame size for you, always make sure to measure your image first. All of our frame sizes are based on the inside dimensions. Therefore if you have an 8×10 image and do not want to use the mat, you still want to order an 8×10 frame. If you have an 11×14 image and do want to include a mat, it is important to order a larger frame size to accommodate this.

Now the question is what is a custom size frame? A custom size frame here at Frame USA is any size outside of our standard 32 sizes (refer to chart listed above). We can produce almost any size frame your heart can imagine. Our only limitations come into play with the width of the moulding- the thinner the frame, the smaller the maximum size will be.

We hope this article on our most popular frame sizes has provided you with all of the information you may need when ordering our picture frames. If you ever have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!