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June Instagram Contest – Win a Free Framed Print!

We love a good contest, and our selection for June is a great way to frame some of your favorite instagram shots or artwork — absolutely free!

Of course, we expect some great shots and work from this contest based on what we saw last time. Even if you’ve never shopped with us before, if your work is selected, we’ll frame your submission for you AND send a great offer along with the frame. If you like our work, feel free to use it on an order!

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Do you have any work that you’d love to see framed? Enter it into our contest by posting it to instagram! Just use hastag #FrameUSA when you post and we’ll enter you into our selection process. We’ll pick the 5 most creative and “stand out” art/photographs. Let the creative games begin!

 

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Why Choose Frame USA For Your Picture Frames

Why Frame USA, Inc?   We are operating our business from an 85,000 square foot building in Cincinnati, Ohio that started making picture frames about 20 years ago.   From this building we have about 70 employees that work hard everyday to create Raving Fan Customers.    Why should you try Frame USA, Inc. for your picture frame needs?

Picture Frame Moulding First of all it’s the moulding.   Every single component of our picture frames is manufactured in the United States from a range of several manufacturers.  Many of you heard about buying American Made Products on ABC’s made in American Segment last year—we were featured.   In house we have close to 2 million feet of moulding in stock to take care of almost any picture frame need you have.   The variety is substantial.

We offer an almost unlimited number of Wood Picture Frame choices, many of them are eco- friendly.  Whether a simple black picture frame design or something more complicated and elegant or something to go in the living room Frame USA has choices for you.   The beauty of these choices are that the frames come in 33 standard sizes, almost ready to hang, or they can be ordered in custom sizes that you need for a special project.

We also have a wide range of metal frames, in many different colors which are some of our top selling picture frames.    The beauty of metal is it fits nicely in offices, banks, and is great for a permanent gallery display that you might offer from a group of college or high school artists.  The suitability of metal frames for any given project never changes.

Shadow Box Frames On top of wood and metal frames we make what we believe is the best Shawdow Box frame in the United States when comparing price to value.   This frames are meticulously crafted by our framing experts and the frames we offer for framing Athletic Jerseys are top notch.   We also offer everything from simple and inexpensive poster frames (some people say cheap poster frames) to our budget and economy lines of frames. A price-point for every buyer is available.

If your company is having a BIG event and needs some kind of a promotional frame or award you must consult with Frame USA about our award-winning plaques and laser-engraved frames.  We’ve handled huge corporate requests from sports teams, weddings, special events.   Let us help you capitalize on your logo, your name, your event.

Wholesale Picture Frames

On top of our great selection the real benefit to buying from Frame USA is that you get real wholesale pricing.   These are not fake wholesale prices that some people call “wholesale pricing” these are real wholesale prices.    Look around on the internet and you’ll find that there is hardly anyone even close to us in terms of price.    We also offer a wide range of closeout frames—these are extra over-runs and seconds.   You can get some serious deals on these frames at www.framecloseouts.com.   Also a list of what we have in stock ready to ship today can be found at www.frameusafastship.com.

Thanks for taking a look at www.frameusa.com.

Frame on!

 

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How To Properly Hang Your Picture frames

First determine where you would like to hang which pieces.  Are you someone who likes eclectic surroundings mixing frame styles and sizes; or do you want to keep all the family photos in one area, creating a welcoming collage?  Do you have one large main focal piece that hangs above the couch or in a more formal dining room?  Are you hanging pictures up the stairwell?  If you are unsure as to where you’d like to put a particular piece, try just placing the framed piece/s in that area and see if all the surroundings compliment the piece/s to give you the desired effect you are looking to create.

You’ll need a pencil, a tape measure, wall hanging hardware, any other tool you need for the type of wall hanging hardware you purchased such as a hammer or drill; a level, and if possible a “picture hanging helper”.  If your artwork didn’t come with the wire already attached to your picture frame; refer to the last part of the this article to install the hanger yourself.

Now to determine the height at which you’d like your piece to hang.  In general the piece should be at eye level.  Meaning once the framed artwork is on the wall, you should be able to stand in front of the piece with your head level, your gaze should fall just about in the center or just below the center of the artwork.  If you have a helper; have them hold the piece against the wall while you stand back a few feet and determine your optimal viewing height.  Once you get this, take a pencil and lightly mark on the wall where the bottom of the frame is.  (If you don’t want to mark your wall use a piece of painter’s tape, and lay the tape edge to the bottom of the frame.)  Place the bottom of the frame on the floor, either lean your frame against the wall or have your helper hold the frame for you.  Find the center of the hanging wire and use your finger to pull the hanging wire toward the top of the frame so all the slack is taken out of the wire.  Using a tape measure, measure the distance from the bottom of the frame to where your finger is holding the wire taught.   From the bottom of the frame mark, measure up the distance from the bottom of the frame to the wire and put an X on the wall; this is the spot you will be putting the wall hardware into the wall.  Follow the instructions provided with the type of wall hardware you purchased to properly secure it into the wall.  Now you can erase the bottom of the frame mark.  If your piece is light enough for you to handle on your own, hold the hanging wire in one hand and the bottom of the frame in the other.  Lift the frame towards the wall and wall hanger and use the hand holding the hanging wire to help guide your wire securely onto the wall hanger.  (You can follow the same steps even if you have a picture frame with a sawtooth hanger instead of a wire.)  If your piece is too large and awkward to handle yourself; have your helper hold the frame while you guide the wire onto the wall hanger.  Once you got the wire onto the wall hanger, use a level (or smartphone level app) to level your piece on the wall.  Now is time for the best part, stand back and enjoy your framed art!

A useful tip for hanging multiple frames for a collage type of a look; is to measure your frames’ widths and heights and cut matching pieces of newspaper.  Then with a little bit of tape, arrange your paper “frames” on the wall.  When doing a collage, try to make the spacing in between each frame as close to symmetrical as possible; or at least visually pleasing to you.  If you take some time during this paper mock up stage and make sure all the papers are level; you should be able to mark where on the wall your hangers should go.  Mark the vertical center of each piece of paper; then find the distance from the bottom of each frame to their hanging wires; mark that on the paper.  Where your vertical line and that  wire mark meet, is where you will want to put your wall hanger.

When selecting what kind of wall hanging hardware to use; you must take into consideration a few things:

1. What type of material is the wall you are planning to use made out of?  Make sure you get wall hardware appropriate for that type of material.

2. How heavy is your piece?  Most wall hanging hardware have sizes designed for certain pound ranges; select one rated for the picture frame you intend to hang.  If in doubt, go for a stronger hanger.

For additional reference on how to hang your frames:

If you are a “DIY” type of person and use your creativity to frame your photos and artwork yourself, you may find yourself unclear on the hanging hardware on the back of the frame.  If you are able to choose what type of hanger to put onto your frame, a set of D-rings/eyelets and wire combo is a great option.  Wire hangers can hold more weight so they are more secure than a sawtooth, especially for frames larger than 11×14.  If you are using a sawtooth hanger, lay your piece face-down on a flat surface (recommend putting a towel down to protect the frame surface from possibly getting marred) and find the center of the picture.  Place the sawtooth at this spot (generally aim for the middle of moulding) and using a hammer gently tap the sawtooth in place.  Attaching a wire hanger takes a few more steps.  First, install the D-rings/eyelets.  Lay your picture frame face down (again recommend putting a towel down).  On one of the sides of the frame, measure about 1/3rd of the way down from the top of the frame and mark that spot.  Measure this same distance on the other side of the frame and mark it.  Try to aim for the center of the moulding when making these marks.  Screw the D-rings/eyelets into the frame at these marks, the D part of the ring faces in towards the middle.  Run the wire through both D-rings/eyelets, with equal amounts of wire sticking out of each D-rings/eyelets.  Secure the wire to one of D-rings/eyelets by bending the wire back over the D-ring/eyelet twice and the wrapping it back around itself several times.  Repeat on the other side; but before securing the wire, make sure your wire has just a little “give” to it; you don’t want your wire too tight OR loose.  Now, you’re ready to get that picture frame onto the wall and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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Wood Picture Frame Tips: Ready Made Frames

One of our customer’s favorite qualities about Frame USA? Our frames aren’t just at a lower price point than our competitors, the frames also come to you ready-made. No assembly required. Sounds like a novel concept, right? Buy a frame, have it sent to you and ready to use.

Unfortunately, not all online framing companies send picture frames completely assembled by the time they hit your doorstep. Sometime’s there’s assembly required, and it’s not always easy to assemble. You may also be told that this makes the frames cheaper for both consumer and business. At Frame USA, however, we like to break those trends. We know that having your frames ready-made and ready to hang is important–just as important, in fact, as a low cost.

See the video below, where our CEO Dan Regenold covers our Wood Frame assembly and what you can expect from a wood picture frame from Frame USA!

Interested? Fill out a custom quote today!

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Closeout Picture Frame Sale!

Using FrameCloseouts.com has plenty of great benefits and is a great solution for many of our customers… But the model may not be for everybody. Here are three reasons why Frame Closeouts might be right up your alley.

 

1. Lowest frame prices on the web.

If you need a lot of frames and don’t have the money to buy from our wholesale website, then FrameCloseouts.com is your place to go.  Whether you’re a budding photographer or looking for some cheap frames to turn a profit on in your store, you won’t find better deals anywhere else (Especially if you shop during one of our site-wide or wood color sales!)

2. Thousands of popular sizes in stock.

We have thousands of popular sizes in stock — 8×10’s, 5×7’s, 11×17’s… You name it, we have it. Frame Closeouts does not have any options for custom framing, but we can always take care of that for you on our main website.

However, for most art and photography, FrameCloseouts.com will have every size you want at the prices you need. Be sure to stop by the website and check out the deals of what we have in stock!

3. Fast shipping.

Having so many frames in our Closeouts department also means that there is less production time involved. While most of our products are made to order, pre-assembled closeout frames only need to be packed and shipped!

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Sale may be extended. (But the only way to be sure to save is to shop now!)

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4 Reasons You Should Do Crafts With Your Kids

Crafts can be a great way to pass the time on a rainy day, and it’s important to teach your child how to do crafts when bored instead of always watching television or playing on the computer.

Crafting with your children is also beneficial for your relationship with your children and for them as individuals. The following are four reasons you should do crafts with your kids.

1. It allows you to spend quality time together.

Everyone’s lives today are busy, and it’s hard to sit down with one another and truly enjoy each other’s company without some type of distraction. Crafting allows you to be with the ones you love and create projects together. You can spend the time making crafts and talking about anything you want, such as their likes and dislikes and what they’ve been doing in school or with friends. Quality time is extremely beneficial to your relationship with your children, and it’s something that doesn’t come around very often, so you should make sure to use crafting as a way to be together.

2. It teaches your children to be creative.

Creativity is important, and it’s a skill that many people lack. When you craft with your children, you’re allowing them to express their creativity. They can make something by following the directions, or they can take matters into their own hands and decide which colors to use, which products to use and what to make. Being able to express creativity is important to your child’s overall development, and it can help them realize that they have an imagination and a unique talent that they may have otherwise overlooked.

3. It can teach your children to be frugal.

With all the technological advances children have today, most children are growing up assuming that money grows on trees and that entertainment only comes in the form of spending money. Instead, you can teach your children the value of a dollar by crafting with them. Teach them that instead of spending a fortune on entertainment, they can be entertained at home by creating something. You can also teach them that instead of going to the store and spending money on a product, they can use objects around the home to try and build it themselves. Not only will your child learn about money, but also they’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when the craft is finished.

4. It can start a tradition.

You want your children to have memories of time spent with you, and you want to teach them things that they can pass down to their children. Crafting is a way to do both of those. Your children will certainly remember all the things they made with you during craft time, and they’ll be able to recreate these memories and these crafts with their own children someday. Then, their children can pass the tradition along to their children, and your time spent crafting with your own children has suddenly turned into a family tradition for many years to come.

Jessica Brown is a freelance writer and mother of four who loves frugal crafting.  She has recently been sharing some creative kids’ crafts online via blogging.

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Choosing the Right Frame for the Job

Artist Evelyn Henson Gives Readers a Quick Framing 101

Choosing the right frame for your business can be a lot of hard work. Having the right frame for the job takes both intuition and some pretty basic knowledge of what makes a good complete work of framed art.

This weekend, we discovered an article written by Evelyn Henson that went into some good details about what to buy, where to buy and what kinds of frames go best in any given situation. Join us while we summarize this article (while also adding our own advice as framers!)

Below we will list these tips from Evelyn Henson’s blog, but add our own 2 cents as professional framers!

 

One of the highlights we spotted was to be sure that you’re personally in love with the frame. Before you even think about the artwork, think about how you’ll feel months and even years down the line with that frame on your wall. Once you’ve found a few that fit that criteria, you’ll want to try and see what matches best with your particular artwork. You can also work backwards if you’ve found a great frame, but have no art. Websites like Posterservice.com offer a wide variety of art prints that are more than reasonably priced.

Another question the artist posed was the source of frame material. Knowing whether you’re looking for wood, metal or plastic will save you time and money in the long run. As a general rule:

  • Plastic frames are best used for posters or a more thin printed material.
  • Wood frames are usually some of the best in the market. While Henson was of the opinion that white is the best color, this can be problematic if the frame has defective joins or scratches. We prefer black picture frames, and based on the thousands of orders we see for them, we have to agree with the majority! Black is a very standard, very impressive color for most artwork.
  • Metal picture frames typically go well with modern art pieces and minimalist concepts.

We hope this little tidbit of information has helped you with your framing purchase. Have a great day, and let us know in the comments what your favorite type of frames are!

Acrylic Frames – Fun, Decorative Ideas for Any Home

Clear Acrylic Frames Acrylic picture frames allow for a myriad of choices when decorating a home. While these frames are not meant to be hanged, they do provide options that other frames do not. Oftentimes, homeowners tend to focus on bare walls, but they forget to decorate some of their home’s focal pieces such as end tables or fireplace mantles. Through the use of acrylic frames, it is possible to add life to any room.

Childhood Montage

Childhood memories are going to be seen in every family. Whether a person wants to display pictures of their children playing soccer or they want to relieve their own childhood, placing acrylic picture frames on a fireplace mantle is the perfect option. This allows a person to have a yearly photo of their children growing up or simply a collection of random memories that will never be forgotten. The possibilities are endless and bent frames even allow the option of before and after pictures to be displayed. Different clothing styles, haircuts or getting braces taken off are just a few of the ways to utilize bent frames.

Showing the Family Generations

New additions to the family become more precious throughout every generation. When a person has been lucky enough to take photographs with their grandparents and great grandparents, they will have an everlasting picture that they will surely want to display in their home. Instead of stopping there, collect photographs of all family members to make a family tree of sorts. With bent frames, it is possible to put both a grandfather and mother in one frame and their children in another. This is a great use of the bent acrylic frame and one that will really hit home during the holiday season.

Scenic Pictures to Brighten a Room

Landscape and animal photographs will be able to breathe life into an otherwise dreary room. These photographs will need to be displayed right where the sun can hit them so that they radiate the true feeling of nature. A picture of a beautiful dandelion is always better received when the light reflects off of the frame. This brings a room to life and will change a dark room into one that is truly inviting.

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Acrylic frames allow decorations to take on a life of their own. Virtually any surface will be able to have a frame placed upon it including dressers, desks or mantles. When all of the right pictures are added together, a decorative piece can instantly be created through the combination of photos.

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Metal Picture Frames: On Sale Now!

Today is the last day to save big on metal frames from FrameUSA.com! We’ve discounted all metal frames to 11% off for a flash savings event. Metal frames make a great statement for modern art and minimalistic photography, or for when you want something that needs to last for years upon years!

For larger picture frames, we recommend purchasing our U-Frame kits. These make great Do-It-Yourself projects that will give you not only a sturdier frame, but better shipping speeds and cost due to the less amount of space they take. We hope this sale will help you save some big money on your framing projects for April, and be sure to look for more big deals in May!

 

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