This month, we check Pinterest for some great DIY projects for framing and “Around the House” decor.
Doing big projects yourself can save you and your family hundreds of dollars — particularly when it comes to home renovations and making your decor stand out. It doesn’t have to be expensive to look expensive, and really, that’s what crafting your own projects is all about. In this blog, we’ll show you some great ways to make an ordinary frame into something far more extraordinary. You can find these ideas and more by visiting our Pinterest page!
Use a picture frame shell to hang your keys
If Pinterest has taught us anything, it’s that frames aren’t just for framing pictures! Take this example, where a crafty DIY-er screwed some basic wall hooks into the interior of their frame. Search around online and you’ll find plenty of uses for frames besides hanging art: chalkboards, mirrors, hangers and more have been crafted from any standard frame.
Give your frames a new look with dipped corners
Need to spice up a frame, or add a better focal point for your image? Try (carefully) dipping the four corners of your frame into a can of paint! The result takes on the appearance of what is shown above. The tricky part is knowing how far to dip, but a good rule is to measure about 1-2 inches on each side, mark it with a pencil, and then proceed to dip. This is great for matching more than one color in a room, or spicing up your simple black picture frames you may have around the house.
Spray-paint an ornate frame for a more simple, subdued elegant picture frame
While the burlap letter art within the frames are great, we’re more impressed by the paint job on the frames themselves. Some ornate, some simple–a decent spray paint job can entirely changle the look of a frame for the better. While we take pride in our premium wooden frames, we could definitely see series like the victorian and napoleon working very well in the style shown above.
As always, don’t be afraid to think outside the box (or frame)!
Framing is oftentimes most interesting when there is an experimental element added on. Take the image above for example: the separation of the branch is unified throughout the three frames. The aesthetic of the piece is phenomenal, and the crafter only used three frame shells and a branch!
Have something else unique that we haven’t mentioned? Leave a comment below and tell us about your projects!
One of our favorite times of the year is now upon us: Independence Day. This time of year, we celebrate the independence we have as Americans and the freedom we enjoy because of it.
We love offering great deals around this time to celebrate the holiday, and this time we’re giving you 10% Off ALL of our websites. To take advantage of these savings, simply enter the coupon code “freedom14″ upon checkout. This offer ends July 7, 2014 — So dont delay!
Don’t forget to take plenty of photos of fireworks displays, family pictures, delcious grilled goodies and the great weather that we have to look forward to. We’d love to help you get those photographs in an American-Made picture frame!
From the Frame USA family to yours: Happy 4th of July weekend!
At Frame USA, we pride ourselves at being pretty good with gallery presentations. There’s a lot that goes into launching your first fine art presentation – whether you’re displaying sculpture, installation or 2D artwork. People will be looking at your layout as much as they’ll be looking at the art itself! Because of the sometimes-puzzling nature of galleries, we put together a list of 5 tips for your art or photo exhibition.
1. Present your art well.
First thing’s first – have some high-quality photos of your work! If you’re a photographer, you should be good to go. Make sure that your work is printed on the best possible paper for your shots. For artists of other varieties, you still need to have good quality photos of your work to get you through the gallery doors. Either way, your work will need to be presented in a way that highlights your work. Should your work be screen-printed? Should it be laminated? Should it be framed? Matted? A popular option is floater frames for canvas work, or a sleek in-depth picture frame for eye-popping quality. Consider your options, there are many!
2. Research your gallery.
Time for some logistics! Who are you targeting in this area? What can you do to bring in buyers and gallery-hoppers? Explore different venues of social media, put up flyers in some local coffee shops, tell your friends and family. Are you trying to sell or just create some buzz about your work? These will ultimately affect the vibe of your gallery and any type of events you may have.
3. Think in layouts.
Establish which prints, paintings and sculptures will need to be the focal point of your display. Obviously they will all have value to you, but it’s important to know which pieces look best under what kind of lighting, at what height to display your piece, whether the picture frames you use are appropriate, etc. You’ll need measuring tape and sample lighting to decide what’s best for you!
4. Know your art.
Before you even start the process of displaying your gallery work, ask yourself the hard questions. What makes your art unique, and what will you say to any buyers? What is your focus as an artist? Knowing yourself and your art will save you time and embarrassment moving forward. Don’t be rehearsed, instead, be comfortable and confident in your abilities.
5. Enjoy the process.
Don’t become caught up in a black-and-white mindset of success or failure. Enjoy the process of what it means to have a gallery presentation! This is your project with your artwork, and it is definitely a learning process. Your first show may have been a flop in your mind, but in the end it’s valuable experience that will help you be more successful at your next showing.
As always, be sure to leave any questions for us and we’ll answer to the best of our abilities!
This weekend only, our metal frames are 10% off. What kinds of work will you be framing this summer?
Metal Frames are some of our best sellers around the art show season, and are far more affordable than other simple frames you’ll find on the web. If you need quality, volume and one low price, you won’t want to miss this metal frame sale from Frame USA!
Community. Whether you’re a business, a family, a nonprofit or an individual, you are formed and molded by your local communities. At Frame USA, we feel that communities from all across the United States can benefit from a little help here and there; especially when they’re making positive differences in their area. We received this great message from Grace Church after we helped them by donating 30+ Unfinished picture frames:
“Dear Dan [CEO, Frame USA],
I bet that by now you have forgotten about us here in Wisconsin, or at least thought that we forgot about you and were acting like the 9 out of 10 lepers who failed to return to thank Jesus after they were healed. On the contrary, we want you to know that we have never stopped thanking you for your kindness and generosity to Grace Church.
It has taken a long time…. to mobilize the missionaries to send in a new picture, to get the frames stained, to order the vinyl and then to get the authorized person to hang the frames on the wall. … The frames are in a really nice formation, and on two different walls as you leave the sanctuary. One side is for Global missionaries and the other for U.S. missionaries….”
Needless to say, we were glad to help such a great cause. Do you have any deserving causes that you’d like to see mentioned or considered for our Charity of the Month? Leave a comment below, or visit our Charity page to learn more.
*Note that these frames were sent as Unfinished frames, but wood-stained by the recipients. Just another way to add your own personal touch!
One day only – June 13, 2014 – you can save 13% on all of our websites! Get great deals on picture frames, wholesale poster, mats and affordable closeout frames. Don’t delay though, because this offer expires at midnight EST! Go to FrameUSA.com and start shopping…
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!
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!
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?
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.
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.
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!
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!