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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

Upcycled Picture Frame  Fall Wreathe   Upcycled Picture Frame Door Decoration   Upcycled Picture Frame Wreathe Decoration

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!

 

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.

Framed Play Bill

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

Framed Blanket

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

Our Customer Kandy Myndy Turns Her Artwork into Plaques!
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

Framed LIfe Experience

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

Framed birthyear pennies
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

Framed Map

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

Framed Childhood Home

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

10. Frame a family letter

Framed Family Letter

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.

Frame USA’s November Charity of the Month: Freestore Foodbank

For those of you who don’t know, Frame USA is extremely dedicated to helping those in need. The Monthly Charitable Gift Program started many years back and ever since then we have supported local and national charities in a number of different outlets. We not only donate money, our time and other needed resources but we use our website and retail store as a way to  make these deserving charities known to the masses. Unlike other companies that choose a charity, not only does every single penny that is donated by our customers go to that respective charity, but we as a company use our success as a way to give back. For every purchase of picture frames made on our website, no matter if the customer themselves donates, we donate $0.75.  In our retail store, for every custom framing order we donate $1.00. In the month of September, we donated over $1,500 to our two charities of the month.

The Month of November has the lucky opportunity to be a month where people everywhere think about just how thankful they are for everything that they have been given. I’m sure that everyone can agree that there is nothing more wonderful than sitting down with your family and friends as you all fill yourselves full with a nice warm meal and feeling the warmth of their love. Some people aren’t this lucky, in fact, 1 in 6 neighbors in our Tri-State area of Cincinnati is at risk of hunger.  Of that number, nearly 100,000 are kids. This statistic shocked us and really solidified our decision for our November Charity of the Month. This November, for our charity we have chosen The Freestore Foodbank.

Freestore Foodbank November Charity of the Month

The Freestore Foodbank was started in 1971 by a worker at Cincinnati’s incinerator named Frank Gerson. Gerson saw in his profession useable household items being tossed away. He began to collect those items and give them away to families in need. He was so passionate about this that he quit his job and opened for business in his apartment called the Free Store.  8 years later the Free Store became a founding member of Feeding America. It was around this time that the Free Store evolved into the Freestore Foodbank. Today, it is under the leadership of Kurt Reiber and it is one of Ohio’s largest food banks. Annually, this organization distributes 20 million meals through a network of about 260 community partner agencies serving 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The vision of The Freestore Foodbank is to be the leader of a community mobilized to end hunger and address its causes.

We ask that as you begin buying your holiday presents, and start thinking about how thankful you are for the people and things in your life that you consider being the reason someone else is thankful this holiday season. We’ve made it as simple as clicking a button (Here’s a little secret for you: that is in fact what you do to participate, you click a button to donate $1 as you are completing your order of picture frames online). 

For more information about this month’s Charity of the Month and the different programs they are involved in on top of their main mission, please visit their website at http://freestorefoodbank.org/.

 

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Weekly Picture Frame Sale – March 17-24

This week, we’re expanding on our blog post we made here talking about the typical photo sizes. A standard photo size will fit inside one of these frames without any trouble, whether you’re looking for an office frame for your desk or a poster frame for a large print display.

Now until Monday, March 24, you can save on both Frame USA’s Deluxe Poster Frame series and FrameCloseout’s 5×7 premium wood frames. Just use the coupon code in the advertisement upon checkout!

To find out more about standard photo and frame sizes, see our previous blog post here.

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Two popular sizes, the 5×7 and poster sizes (shown: 24×36.)
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Framing Artwork – Artist Perspective

If you follow our Paper.li news feed, we try to share some great advice in the art and framing community throughout the week. You can find this online publication here.

One article that stood out to use was and article called “Framing Artwork”, a robust and long-winded article on art becoming  more than the act of creating art, but also involving labor and democracy, that art makes up more than creative and technical processes but includes labor as any other job does.

We happen to agree. The author also cites examples from Warhol, who was the first artist to relate to society’s conformity and democratic approach to art. To quote the author,

“Art is not simply the place where desires get expressed and monetized. It is also where desires get fulfilled and monetized. There will always be a remainder, and that remainder is the libidinal investment in art as a space different from other spaces, and in creativity as a more expansive ideal of production. The persistence of this remainder demands a critique of artistic labor that goes beyond the terms offered by political economy, a critique that takes seriously those desirous investments that become entwined with—but are not reducible to—art’s institutions and economic engines.”

We think it’s good to keep this in mind when framing artwork. Art is most complete through hard work and working to improve yourself, and of course, working to make your work ready for display. Don’t be afraid to go the extra mile! We also offer custom framing services if you need help along the way.

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Source: E-Flux’s article, “Framing Artwork” by Lindsay Caplan

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A Deeper Look At Colorful Picture Frames

bright colored picture frames Today we are going to spotlight several of our brighter colored wood picture frames. As we head into the holiday season, there are many uses for bright colors that represent celebration! From the oranges and yellows of Autumn to the red and green of Christmas season, we have you covered.

OK, I have to admit, when I go looking for a picture frame I’m usually looking for something that is fairly neutral. For photography I’m a bit partial to simple black frames, but sometimes you just need something with a little more flavor. Today we are going to take a look at some of the more colorful framing options available on our Frame USA website.

Colored Picture Frames

Our Colori Series frames are available blue, green, orange red, and yellow colors. Both are also available in black and white, but for this article we’ll concentrate on the bold , bright colors. These are colorfully wrapped wood frames. The Colori Medium have a thinner 1 1/4″ profile than our Colori Large Series frames, which have a 2″ wide facing profile. Either of these series of picture frames offer an excellent choice for when you require bold colors to set off your wall art.

Colori Medium Series Frames

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Colori Large Series Frames

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Kid Stuf Colorful Picture Frames

Now it’s time to take a look at our Kid Stuf colorful picture frames for kids. Now let’s be honest, the bold primary colors of these frames can be used for all kinds of art, photos, and even collages. These frames have a rounded 15/16″ facing profile. Available colors: Yellow, blue, green, red, baby blue, and pink.

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If you need wood frames in bold colors any of the above frames make a great choice. Take note of the differences in the profile of the frame and decide what will look best in your setting.  We have colored frames with wide, flat profiles; narrow profiles; and rounded profiles.

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Art Frames and Custom Frames – Artist Advice on Custom Framing

Artists who think that art frames itself (or customers will) may face some harsh reality.

For many artists, it’s no foreign concept to make that final brushstroke against the canvas and feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. All that hard work and your masterpiece is even better than you expected. If you’ve painted or drawn on stretched canvas, your work is ready to sell! If your work is on flat, 2-Dimensional paper, however… you may find yourself wondering how you’ll sell your piece. You could sell your work just as it is, letting your customer worry about presentation. This method, however, runs the risk of not getting the best value for your art, or worse, not selling at all because presentation can be just as costly! For this reason, art frames are a wise investment for any budding or experienced artist.

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Framing your art makes the piece more valuable to your client/customer – they’ll appreciate the extra time and effort.

The most obvious solution for 2-D artists and photographers everywhere is purchasing custom art frames. Framing can be just as daunting a chore as any in the art world, the reasoning behind which is that the LAST thing you want to do is distract the viewer from your artwork. As Jason Horejs said in his recent post from RedDot Blog, “Framing art is time-consuming and expensive, and just when you think you’ve found the right frame, your clients let you know otherwise.” Even more discouraging is putting in the time and effort, only for “…a client [to] see [a] piece of artwork, fall in love with it, and then say, ‘but that frame has got to go.'”

Luckily for most artists, picking out a frame is simply an extension of their artistic eye. Find something that makes your piece “pop” instead of distracting the viewer, and don’t try too hard to match the colors of your art to the color(s) of the frame. Aside from the picking out your frame, the other important factor in selecting a frame is the price. Taking your art to a professional framer can set you back hundreds, even thousands of dollars. However, there are several ways to avoid this cost:

1. Build your own art frames and mats

Using materials such as wood, nails and stain/finish bought from your local hardware store, assemble your own frames! There are plenty of tutorials that can be found online, and we suggest looking around Pinterest to find even more creative solutions to DIY art frames.

2. Create artwork to fit a specific frame size

While limiting in a creative capacity, this process will save you time and money down the road. If you like to create art in series or with a certain color, then ordering in bulk may be your best bet. This will force you to restrict your sizing, but for the most part, this is a great investment either way. Frame USA offers volume orders and discounts for businesses as well – fill out our quote form and see just how much you can save.

3. Order custom-sized, wholesale picture frames from Frame USA

As we referenced in 2, ordering a specific size in wholesale can be a great time and money-saver. We also offer a Build A Frame service that allows you to upload an image or select an image opening, add mats and a frame, backing and glazing. We then assemble your frame and send it to you! Give it a try and you’ll see just how much you can save when compared to your local frame shop.

What’s your opinion on framing art? How do your frame your work? Leave a comment for us in the space below!

Source: RedDot Blog http://www.reddotblog.com/wordpress/index.php/framing-art/

For art frames and more, visit FrameUSA.com

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Charity of the Month for July – Fill the Truck

Fill the truck back to school logo We are in the throes of summer and everything is nice and relaxing!  But we all know what is lurking around the corner; it is there in the back of our mind.  Some might be excited about it while some dread it.  Some might even be shocked to see it already!  But there is nothing we can do to stop the end of summer and start up the new school year (trust me, I tried for years!).  However, no matter what your opinion on the matter is, one thing is for sure: School supplies are expensive!  This can be a huge burden for many families here in the Cincinnati area.

This is where we come in!

We have a 20’ truck to fill with school supplies!  The Frame USA family has the ability to help children succeed by making sure that they have the supplies they need for school.  That is why Fill The Truck goes Back to School!  Just like our December program where we collect different goods to fill a truck and deliver to a local charity before Christmas, we are collecting school supplies and summer clothing for children going back to school.  Everything that we collect this summer will go to Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center’s Back to School program, where they handed out over 500 book bags last year.

Frame USA has already committed to donating 100 book bags this year!  However, that is not enough to help Valley Interfaith take care of all their families.  We need your help too!  Without you, we will not fill the truck!  The brand new items we are collecting are: dry erase markers, tissue boxes, paper towels, two pocket folders, zippered pencil pouches, highlighters, backpacks, binders, composition books, single subject notebooks, pencils, wide ruled loose leaf paper, pens, glue, markers, crayons, colored pencils, shoes, t-shirts, shorts, and socks.

There are many ways you can help:

1)      Spread the word!  Post about FTT on Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube, Twitter, ect.

2)      Check out the website. www.fillthetruck.org

3)      Drop off items at Frame USA. 225 Northland Blvd, Cincinnati, OH 45246

4)      Purchase items online. www.fillthetruck.org

5)      Donate cash. www.fillthetruck.org

6)      Buy something from Frameusa.com *We are still donating $1 for every order placed online! (Will you match our donation?)

We are including our Retail store in the action too!  Every Custom Framing order that is placed in July will be worth $1 from Frame USA as well!

We have a 20 foot truck that we need to fill.  We need your help!  Please consider donating, and change the future for the children.

To find out more about Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center please visit their website at www.vifcc.org.

For more information on Fill the Truck, please visit www.fillthetruck.org  or www.frameusa.com

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Great Examples of White Picture Frames

What do you think of when you think of white picture frames? Do you immediately think Wedding Photos or do white frames remind you more of a newborn’s nursery? White is often associated with purity and innocence. Let’s see what we can dig up for great ideas using white frames.

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showcase shadow box in white

cheap but good white frame

Over the years, we have seen a multitude of great ideas and uses for white frames. Some are DIY projects that use an existing frame as a base, while other folks start with a natural wood frame and paint the frames themselves.

White frames have a grand history of use in both black & white or color photographs. They accentuate images without distracting from the original work that it frames. The white border tends to pull out the contrast of B&W and it really makes the color pop out of color photography. I favorite among gallery owners.

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Take a look at the following images of white picture frames in use. We hope you will be filled great ideas…

White Frames In Use

 

No matter what colors may change in your home or office, white picture frames will always remain neutral while bringing out the best in your artwork. Make sure that you visit our online frame store to check out all of our latest picture frames.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to give our customer service representatives a call at 1.800.577.5920. If you have any special requirements such as custom inserts, mats, shells, or laser engraving of your company logo, please fill out our custom frame contact form. Someone will be in contact with you within 8 hours.

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Our Most Popular Black Picture Frames

Black picture frames are extremely popular with many different artists and photographers. The diversity that a black frame offers artwork is vast to say the least, and we offer a very wide variety of black picture frames. Check out our list of the most popular black picture frames!

1. Corporate Black

Corporate Black Picture Frame
Corporate Black Picture Frames

Corporate frames come in three different profiles and many colors, but Corporate black is by far our best selling wood picture frame. Not only is it an incredibly versatile frame, it’s made from an eco-friendly wood composite!

2. Architect Black

Architect frame
Architect Picture Frames

The Architect series is known for its incredibly narrow profile and minimalist design. With a nice blend of shiny and mat finish, the possibilities are endless for this black frame.

3. Black (Series)

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Black Picture Frames

True to its namesake, this series is indeed a black picture frame! The big draw to this one is the unique corners on the profile that add a layer of depth to your artwork. Have a look!

4. Glory Metal Black

Metal Picture Frames
Glory Metal Black

For a truly minimalist style, our customers reach for the Glory Metal Black picture frames. Our metals are used by a variety of artists with abstract galleries that rely on simplicity of form. We’re also told that these frames almost give off that “custom made” look that professionals always desire in their work.

5. Rustic

Rustic Vintage Frame
Rustic Picture Frames

5. For fans of sites like Etsy (Or vintage design in general), you owe it to yourself to have a look at our Rustic 1+2 series. Rustic 1 is a narrower profile, while 2 is more wide. Imperfections designed into the MDF wrap make this frame perfect for more “earthy” homes, especially with all of the color tones fitting the definition of aged, natural colors.

What’s your favorite black frame? Leave a comment below!