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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!

10 Gifts To Buy Your Adult Children That Will Make Them Cry

As your children turn from kids to adults, buying them presents for the holidays or birthdays can become a difficult task. They become far less easy to please and far more expensive to shop for. You may have given up the fight and settled with money, gift cards or clothing (that they will probably end up returning for the money). We thought that we would end this madness and give you a few gift ideas that will guarantee make your kids cry or at least give you a really big hug! The best part about these gifts are you most likely will have almost every one of them, and with the help of Frameusa.com you won’t even have to leave your house this Black Friday because you will be all set for your presents.

1. Frame ticket stubs and program from an event you experienced together.

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Almost all kids will attend concerts and/or plays that impacted them greatly in some way. By framing them you are providing your children with someplace to not only protect those precious ticket stubs and play bills but to display them as well. We have three types of shadow box picture frames that you can choose from: Shadow box Boxers, Shadow Box Showcase and Shadow Box Elite. All of which come in our standard sizes. Just like all of our other picture frames our Shadow Box frames are back loading. This will allow for your children to put in their precious ticket stubs and play bills, close up the frame to display and then add more ticket stubs and play bills as they receive them! Only have one particular show that was special? Just frame those elements with Build a Frame

2. Frame your child’s favorite childhood toy

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Our picture frames come in variety of depths so they will accommodate everything from a puzzle all the way up to a matchbox car or train. If the toy itself is rather thick I suggest looking at our shadow box picture frames. They range in depth from a little over 1 inch all the way up to 3.5 inches

3. Take a childhood “Blankey” and frame it

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You can Use the aforementioned shadow box picture frames and have the blanket sewn onto black foam core. The other option is to unfold the blanket and frame it in a traditional wood frame.

4. Combine your child’s catcher’s mitt or dance shoes with a picture of them in the uniform/costume

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Take your child’s equipment and find a photo of them wearing it. Use our Shadow Box Showcase picture frame and combine them for a meaningful gift.

5. Turn your childhood’s art piece into a masterpiece

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Our Customer Kandy Myndy Turns Her Artwork into Plaques!

We can take a copy of your child’s artwork and turn it into a plaque that can be hung on a wall. For more information about the plaque process, click here!  A Plaque is a great picture frame alternative that allows for you to protect your pieces but in a simple inexpensive way!

6. Frame a memento from an important life experience

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You can use Build a Frame and choose beautiful mats and high quality made in the USA picture frames to turn that moment into a lasting memory.

7. Framed pennies from the birth year of each of your family members

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These can be especially wonderful to use as a gift for your grown children, especially those that have new families of their own. Once you have the pennies you can lay them out however you please, in a more artistic way such as in a family tree style, or a simpler layout such as a straight line.

8. Frame a map of your home state or city

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If you’re really crafty you can do something spectacular to the map, but for those of you that are like me, all you need is an image of a map, scissors and a made in the USA picture frame.

9. Framed Image of Childhood Home

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We suggest turning it into more of an artistic style photographs using an online generators.

10. Frame a family letter

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The easiest gift of all is simply writing your child a meaningful letter letting them know how much you love them, and are proud of them and getting it framed

 

After hearing of the topic of this blog, one of our employee’s shared with us a personal experience that really showed us that these gifts really do mean the world to our children. With approval of this employee we thought we would share her story with you to  show that this really is a worthwhile post and is not just an attempt on our part to push our products.

“My senior year of college I was required to go through a portfolio show in which I displayed my portfolio to friends, family and professors. All of the projects in it were an accumulation of my 4 years at school and it was extremely important to me. My mom took the postcard invitation that was sent out about the show and got it framed for me. This simple gift that my mom gave me serves as a daily reminder of my accomplishments and I cherish it deeply.”

Framed Portfolio Card

Giving your child (or anyone for that matter) a worthwhile gift isn’t about how much you spend or how trendy it is, it’s about coming up with something that makes that person feel cherished. That is why these gifts that we gave you are so effective; they will make your child see that what is important to them is important to you.

We love THE PAINTSTRO!®

Here at Frame USA, we love our customers!  We may be in the picture frame business, but our main mission is creating Raving Fans. While we want to help make you a Raving Fan, we love to rave about our customers as well.  We first started working with Creative Notions and THE PAINTSTRO!®  back in 2007. We worked hard to find them the perfect frame to help their vision take off.  Once we finalized the picture frame for them, the rest has taken off.

Matt, the owner, describes THE PAINTSTRO!® as “an innovative group art kit. Inside our kits, you will find wonderful art materials and an audio CD, but YOU will provide the most important piece: THE PEOPLE.  THE PAINTSTRO!® is all about creating a shared art experience in which unique individuals come together to create a united work of art. By using our interactive audio CD, you and THE PAINTSTRO!®  will guide your group to the unveiling of a SURPRISE MASTERPIECE!”

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THE PAINTSTRO!®  is great for all types of groups and outings: Youth Organizations & Camps, Town Senior Centers, Corporate Team-Building Events, and much more!  To find out more about THE PAINTSTRO!®, please visit:

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Web Site: ThePaintstro.com

There is also a great informational video really displaying everything THE PAINTSTRO!® is about at:

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We’d love to help your business venture take off as well.  Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or fill out our Custom Quote form at: http://www.frameusa.com/blog/custom-quote/ TODAY!  Our team of picture frame experts is here to find the perfect frame for your next project and venture.

 

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5 Questions from Artists who need Frames

How do you frame a canvas? Can you frame an oil painting? These common questions and more are answered in this week’s top 5 questions!

 

1. What looks best with black and white photographs?

This is a question we receive quite often, and one that’s best discovered with a good amount of experimentation. In the end, the answer will vary based on how much of a value scale your image has. If it’s darker, you may want a lighter frame to showcase the darks. If there’s more white space, a black picture frame will make the piece more visually striking. A good in-between is silver, particularly our Vernona Wide (or narrow if you prefer) Tarnished Silver. In fact, we recently used this to frame a custom order for one of our contest winners. He loved it, as did his family and friends:

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2. What frame pairs well with black and white drawing / pen and ink?

A good pairing for black and white art does fall under the same advice as photography, however, an art piece can generally be seen as more striking in a standard black frame. Pen and ink can really be framed in any color, though, depending on the theme of your work. For instance, a simple drawing of the ocean or rain storm could look perfect in a frame with blue hues (Clean Cute for instance.) Another idea is to go with a more textured frame like Carbon Fiber if your piece is a bit more cacophonous.

3. What frames are used for canvas displays?

Our best frames for the job include Floater Frames and our In-Depth series. Floater is one of our most recent art frames – made specifically for the purpose of displaying canvas artwork. You can see how these frames look in action below:

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4. How do you frame an oil painting?

As with the above response, Most paintings and canvas work will fit best inside of a Floater or In-Depth picture frame. These are our deepest frames and offer the best look for those times you want your painting inside of a frame. Glass is not included with a Floater frame if you’re buying from us, but that’s a fairly standard method of display within the art industry.

5. Which picture frame material is right for me?

Finally, another question we hear often is “Which frame is right for me?” It’s an understandable question when you see how many we have! Wood, metal, shadow box, poster frames, acryllic easels… The honest answer is, you have to find out on your own! Learn whether the room you are presenting in will have a lot of glare, or if that’s even a concern of yours. Know whether or not real wood or eco-friendly wood is important to you. There are plenty of options to choose from most of those choices are situational. Have a look at our past blog posts on choosing the right frame. Our YouTube channel can also help!

What are some questions you’ve had about framing? Leave a comment below!

 

 

 

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Typogrfx Shows off Typography Art in Barnwood Picture Frames

Typography meets interior decorating: designer Tosha Jackson adds Barnwood Picture Frames to her product line

The trend in typography as an art form is an increasingly popular option for home design and living spaces. The aesthetic shines in a home especially, where a well-designed group of fonts attract the eye and the viewer can take time to read the text.

Tosha Jackson of Turbogrfx makes her living by creating these typographic works of art. The big selling point of her work? Personalization. Customers send in colors they would like her to use, specific words, phrases and even the kind of material that they would like their piece printed on.

We were thrilled to hear from Tosha that she loved our Barnwood frames — not only that, but that her customers loved them! These framed typography pieces are flying off the shelves at her business – and you can see why in the images below. The pairings are absolutely perfect:

 

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Check below to see a video where Tosha’s family and the art are featured:

 

You can see some popular media where her work has been featured here!

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Fall Photo Facts

Fall is finally upon us. What better way to celebrate than with some fall photos?

Not to brag or anything, but our picture frames look great when paired with all the natural beauty of fall photos. This is most likely due to our large selection of real wood frames and eco-friendly lines. With wood being taken directly from nature, you can explect plenty of earth tones and rustic weathered looks from your picture frames.

Today we wanted to focus on some tips for getting some of the best shots when thinking of fall photography. These are great photo sellers if you’re into photography, since this time of the year provides some of the more vast ranges of color.

When it comes to fall photography, the timing is crucial.

 

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DEBATE

Traditional Art vs. Digital Art

There has long been a debate on which medium and method is best for art creation. Even at Frame USA, our artists have vastly differing opinions on whether digital art is as effective as traditional, or if traditional is as well-worth the time as digital. In the end though, we all respect one another’s opinions and talents in their own medium, but this debate has spanned internet-wide among artists since as early as the first years of deviantART’s existance.

 

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So why talk about it if artists have generally concluded that art is art, no matter the medium? Well, there are also some distinct differences when it comes to the display of the art. (Not to mention, both sides will always have strong opinions one way or the other.) Let’s find out how this affects framing!

With traditional art, there are a far greater number of variables to consider before framing your work. If the art is on paper, you’ll have to consider the materials of the art and the paper quality while working on presentation. In digital art, the only real consideration is in how you’ll print or display your piece.

The flip side is in the actual creation of the art – many prefer the precision and “messiness” that traditional media allows, where digital art allows for the correction of mistakes and the ability to make multiple immediate prints whenever you want.

Which do you prefer, and why? Leave a comment below to voice your opinion!

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Custom Framing: Online vs. Retail

Being both an online picture frame company and retail store location, we’ve learned the ins and outs of the framing business. This is not to say that we know everything — far from it! However, we do know a good deal about the difference of the custom framing process. When we released Build A Frame, we changed how custom framing operated.

In our store, retail and online custom framing are of equally high importance. Both orders are assembled with utmost care, attention to detail and design sensibility. The main difference is price point, which is different with every framer out there. Our Build A Frame process and price in the store is the same as it is online. The main difference? Customers in the store can physically see the products in person.

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Have you had a great experience with either a retail or online custom framing experience? Let us know in the comments what made it unforgetable!

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Build A Frame – Custom Framing Options and More

As most of you know, Build A Frame is a great web application used to custom-build your frame without the expense of visiting a custom framer. (When you’re spending $150 online vs. spending $300-$400 at a retail framer — the only difference is price!)

Now at these great prices, how can you be sure of the quality? Luckily, we have that covered. Our framers are top-notch experts in the framing industry – extensively trained on joining frames, cutting precise meaurements, mat selections and fine-tuning the details exactly like you want them. These framers also work for our retail store at our warehouse in Cincinnati, OH – not only are they experts in the field, but they deal with custom orders and customers on a daily basis.

Whether you’re wanting to frame a piece of art you have at home, a Posterservice art print or upload your own image for us to print, we’ll customize your piece to be the perfect fit for you. Check out the Build A Frame feature here!

 

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