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DIY Picture Frames – Chalkboard Picture Frame

A lot of people have old picture frames lying around with nothing to put in them. If you have run out of artwork or pictures for framing or simply enjoy do-it-yourself projects, then our DIY chalkboard picture frame tutorial is just the thing for you.

Chalkboard Picture Frame

If you don’t have an abundance of picture frames lying around then you should head over to our Frame USA closeout section for a variety of very affordable picture frames.

Chalkboard picture frames have been becoming increasingly popular as people are looking for unique ways to liven up living spaces. These chalkboard picture frames can also be used as drawing station for toddlers, birthday or holiday gifts and a wide range of other uses.

To start this project, you first need a picture frame. Once you found a suitable frame (the bigger the better so you have more space to write on your chalkboard), remove the glass and clean it so there are no smudge marks or blemishes.

Once your glass is clean you then need to apply a glass primer and allow it to dry. It’s important that after each step you allow your work to dry or your DIY picture frame will turn out very mediocre. Next you apply two steps of chalkboard paint, remembering to let it dry after applying each coat.

After the second coat of chalkboard paint dries, place you glass back into the frame and your DIY chalkboard picture frame is complete!

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DIY Chalkboard Picture Frames

Check back in with our Frame USA Blog for more DIY Picture Frame ideas.

What Is A Floater Frame?

In the world of art, photography and picture framing, the different variations of frames and what they are used for can get a bit confusing. To the untrained eye picture frames can all look the same and seemingly be interchangeable. In reality, that is not the case. Based on the material, style and size, each picture frame is chosen for a different reason. Do to this, a common question we often encounter is; what exactly is a floater frame?

Floater Frames are used for works of art that are painted or printed on a canvas. This style of frame is particularly popular among photographers and painters. Floater picture frames provides extra space around the canvas and can make is seem like the artwork is floating, hence the name. The frame provides a very safe space for the picture housed inside it and often compliments the artwork by adding a three-dimensional feel.


Floater Frame

At Frame USA we offer our Floater Frames in many different ready made sizes and styles. If you don’t see the size you’re looking for don’t worry, we even offer custom sizes for your special projects.

Cheap Picture Frames and Where to Find Them

If you’re searching for cheap picture frames then you should take a look at our Closeout Picture Frame section. Of course, when we say “Cheap picture frames”, we’re talking about the price, not the quality of work.

As you may know, picture frames can be quite expensive nowadays. Depending on the size of the frame you’re purchasing, the material and the style, you can end up spending a little more than you bargained for on your picture frame. This is the exact reason we introduced our Cheap But Good picture frame series. These frames are made with the same care and precision as all of our other products at Frame USA.

In addition, we have an entire site dedicated to our Affordable Closeout Picture Frames. These American frames are cheap, but the quality is top-notch and range anywhere from standard frame sizes to giant picture frames to just about any photo size you could use. Now while we are not a fan of calling our products cheap, because our merchandise is far from the low-quality frames you’d find manufactured outside of the USA, our frames are priced far better than that of our competitors.


So stop searching where to buy picture frames and head on over to our site and order frames online. As always, thank you for tuning in to Frame USA’s blog. Feel free to leave a comment. See you next time!



Picture Walls – A Fun Way to Revitalize a Living Space

A picture wall is a photo wall display similar to your own mini art gallery. Basically, it is a ton of different sized pictures thrown on a wall with some kind of order to it. These picture walls are a popular way to display family portraits, artwork, or any type of memory you want to share with the world.

A popular place many people are designing their picture walls are around staircases. A photo display easily livens up a usually boring staircase and is the perfect area to place smaller family photos. As you walk up or down the steps you can arrange the pictures to gradually age for a nice effect.

Staircase Picture Wall

One way to spice up your picture wall is to use shelves to help display your pictures. The majority of picture walls are simply a collection of photos hung up together that all have a matching theme. Using shelves is an underrated means to add a different feel to your wall. Also, using a ledge display can save space because you can layer your pictures in order to fit more in a smaller space, something that’s not as easy when arranging them on a wall.

On a similar accord, monograms are a nice decorative design that can add flair to you picture walls. This is especially prevalent if you are hanging family photos as it can be a nice way to identify the people photographed as well as break up the monotony of the pictures.

The newest trend in picture walls is taking full advantage of your bathroom. Similar to how picture walls can be used to liven up a staircase, they can also bring to life a bland bathroom.

Bathroom Picture Wall

A mistake that some people don’t even consider when embarking on their own photo wall journey is sticking with only the standard photo size. The pictures you chose to hang do not have to be uniform. In fact, using different photo sizes as opposed is a great way to make your photo wall less repetitive.

Lastly, make sure you know the proper methods of how to hang pictures so as not to damage the wall or the frame and get started today!

Picture Framing Tips

Many people feel picture framing is an intricate and time consuming task.  We want you to know that it doesn’t always have to be!  We know often times the endless amounts of matting, framing, and glass options, picture framing can be overwhelming.  Based on the outcome you’re looking for though, there a few tips and tricks you can follow to make picture framing easier.

The picture frame should complement the image it is housing as well as the space where it’s hung. If you’re hanging artwork in a modern looking room then you’d want to avoid using an oddly shaped frame. On the other spectrum, if the room has a more classic feel, then the best advice would be to stay away from shiny, polished metal or modern looking picture frames.

Color picture frames can be instrumental in bringing your artwork to life. Choosing a white picture frame or a gold picture frame is a guaranteed way to make your art pop, you just have to be mindful not to select a frame that clashes with what’s being hung.

The type of picture frame you opt for is just as important as your color selection. Wood picture frames are the most popular and traditional frames due to their versatility. Wood can be stained in a variety of colors and already come in various themes such as the rustic wood frames or the driftwood picture frames. On the other end of the spectrum, metal picture frames are more practical based on their material and tend to last a lot longer.

Be aware of how you hang your pictures:

  • Frames ideally should be hung at eye level, not too high and not too low, about 60 inches (or 5 feet) above the ground.
  • When hanging a picture above a table you want to leave 4-8 inches of space between the bottom of the picture frame and the top of the table.
  • If you’re hanging a picture frame above a couch or other piece of furniture there should be a 3-6 inch space between the furniture and the picture frame.
  • Try to avoid hanging your artwork in direct sunlight. The purpose of framing art is to make it look nice and protect it, sunlight and moisture are detrimental to this.
  • Place your framing wire as close to the top of the picture frame as you can. Doing this helps keep your picture flat against the wall by raising the pictures center of gravity.

When choosing a mat for your artwork, the basic principle is that the mat should be lighter than the artwork or picture but darker than the wall. The mat is there to provide visual space between your picture, the frame and the wall. People often make the mistake of getting too fancy when choosing a mat which in turn takes away from the artwork.

Put these tips into action when framing your next picture and find out how easy picture framing really is. If you have any questions, we over here at Frame USA would be more than happy to assist you. Good luck on your next project.

Custom Picture Frame Quotes for All!

Did you know Frame USA can quote almost any project you could need?  We offer custom quotes for all types of picture frame projects, and promise to deliver them back to you in 8 hours or less.  No matter if you are interested in 1 frame for your home, or 5,000 picture frames for a large project, Frame USA can quote it all.

At Frame USA, we specialize in large and special volume picture framing jobs.  We are a wholesale manufacturer of ready-made picture frames and custom picture frames.  Everything we do is 100% Made in the USA, and something we really pride ourselves on.  We stock a wide range of materials in around 400 different color and style options.

Therefore, no matter your project, it is almost a guarantee that Frame USA can help!  So go ahead, request your custom quote today and see how Frame USA can help meet your picture framing needs!

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The 2016 Olympics are Here!

Today kicks off the 2016 Rio Olympics.  Tonight, people in countries all over the world will be watching the Opening Ceremony with excitement, and ready to cheer on their country.

Because of this, we thought there was no better charity to support this month than the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics supports people with intellectual disabilities through sports related activities.  So while you are cheering on your favorite individuals and the USA over the next few weeks, never forget that the Special Olympics exists.

Each month, Frame USA chooses a charity to support online at and in our Retail Store.  For the month of August, we chose the Special Olympics for both.  Giving back is near and dear to our hearts, and something we always love our customers to be passionate about as well.

Did you know that for all orders placed on our website at, we donate $0.75/order to charity?  That means all you have to do is purchase picture frames from us and you are helping to support great charities everywhere.  We also give you the opportunity to make a donation of your own choosing in your shopping cart.  So whether you are buying a wood frame, metal picture frame, or a poster frame, your order makes a difference and never forget that!



The Perfect Poster Frame

When looking for the perfect poster frame there are many things you can keep in mind.  First, all of our sizes on are the inside dimensions/your poster size.  Therefore, if you have a 24×36 poster, you need a 24×36 poster frame.  Keep in mind, that all frames, no matter the type or style of frame, will overlap your poster slightly.  This is what keeps the poster from falling through the front of the frame.


Here are our top 3 poster frame options:


A few helpful hints:

  • The most common poster frame size is a 24×36 posterframe. Budget Saver Poster Frame
  • A typical movie poster is 27×40, so you would need a 27×40 posterframe.
  • All frames can be used to frame posters, no matter the type or style.
  • An 11×17 poster frame is great to frame a poster for a child’s room or office.


Looking for more details, check out our poster frame page today at:!

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Frame A T-Shirt Today

Most of us have a favorite t-shirt.  It might be one that is from the State Championships for football from high school, a t-shirt of our favorite band from one of their concerts, or maybe just one that fits just right.

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At Frame USA, we have the perfect option for framing your t-shirt.  Our Frame-A-Tee comes in 3 sizes, and is available to frame a t-shirt in any size from small to extra large.

– 12×12: Small/Medium T-Shirts
– 14×14: Medium/Large T-Shirts
– 14×18: Large/Extra Large T-Shirts

While a black t-shirt frame is the most popular, this series also comes in a great natural and walnut color option to frame your t-shirts.  Our t-shirt frames also include easy instructions for assembly upon receiving them.

So if you’ve never though about framing a t-shirt before, check out this great option, low cost framing option available today at

Frame Closeouts

Mixing and Matching with Closeout Frames

Frame Closeouts Sometimes a project comes up that requires you to get a lot of frames. Maybe a school arts and crafts day or an awards ceremony. When you have to buy for a large group, getting brand new frames can be a hefty expense. Sometimes you might need 50 to a hundred to even 300 picture frames for an event. If this is employee run or a charity or a PTA your budget is going to be limited and you need to stretch your spending dollar as far as you can. A great solution for this is buying closeouts from Frame Closeouts. offers a hugevariety of wood picture frames, metal picture frames, and poster frames at very low prices. There are over 30 different styles and sizes and thousands of closeout frames to choose. from.

These are frames that have been returned to us in great condition (maybe someone ordered the wrong color) or that we made too many of. Most of them are sorted only by size. This is because we offer a 24 hour turnaround on getting closeouts shipped out, from the time you place your order. This helps ensure they can be pulled fast. Our regular wood closeouts, however, are sorted by size and color. So if you need 50 gold 11 x 17 frames, you can choose them.

Because they are sorted this way, when you choose closeouts, there’s no way to know exactly which style you will be receiving. This makes them ideal for gifts where they don’t need to match each other, where each person is getting something unique.

So when you need a lot of high quality frames and cheap picture frames prices or if you only need a few or even one, but quickly, take a chance on Frame Closeouts. We think you will be glad you did.