Shadow boxes are boxed frames enclosed by a glass covering on top and have a greater depth than picture frames, creating a rather dramatic and distinct appeal. Going by history, they have a strong military connection where they were presented to military personnel upon retirement and the boxes contained different souvenirs like medals, badges, and flags. However, in modern times there are several creative ways which we could use it to safely hold our cherished possessions as well as to add to the décor element of our spaces. FrameUSA offers 3 different variations of Shadow Boxes with varying depth to give to the right space and effect you are looking for. Also, you could choose from different color options and sizes specific to your needs.
Here are some shadow box ideas/inspirations to fuel your creative thoughts on putting shadow boxes to work for your décor.
Some of these are actual images our customers shared with us showcasing how they used our shadow boxes in different creative ways. Also, please do visit our Pinterest and Instagram pages for more inspiring ideas. We hope you are as excited as we are and we look forward to seeing more pictures from our customers on this.
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Even though Frame USA specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of picture frames, we’ll be the first to admit that not every piece of artwork calls for a frame. Many contemporary pieces are meant to display alone, or with a minimal floater frame. You should ideally use a frame any time you do not have a canvas, or when the art work can’t be displayed on its own.
As another precaution, don’t frame a piece of art for the sole purpose of matching a room. Art can be arranged in any which way, whereas a room can undergo many changes over time.
Once you’ve decided on the proper frame for your art, the next step is frame hanging! When hanging picture frames you want to aim for the average eye-level to get the best reaction. 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. Art is meant to be viewed and appreciated, and won’t have quite the same effect unless it’s easily viable.
When selecting what kind of frame hanging accessories to use; you must take into consideration a few things. First, you need to thing about what the type of material the wall you are hanging frames on is made out of. This is important because you need to get picture frame accessories appropriate for that type of material.
The second thing to consider is how heavy your artwork is. Most frame hanging accessories 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! It’s better for your hanger to be too strong than not strong enough and have your framed art fall off your wall.
Now is time for the best part, stand back and enjoy your framed art!
Here at Frame USA, we have the creative DIY folks in mind. Choose from our selection of Picture Frame Hardware supplies including poster hangers, easel mates, frame connectors, acid-free mat tape and more to make your artwork stand out from the crowd! When our standard picture frames just won’t cut it, our hangers and accessories will make your art stand out from the crowd!
Picture Frame Hardware Available from Frame USA.
When hanging picture frames, mounting tape is often safer, faster, and more versatile than screws and nails. Our tape is used for attaching frames to almost any wall or surface without causing any damage to said wall. The only downside to mounting tape is that it is only useful for smaller and lighter frames, it is not strong enough to support bigger, heavier picture frame styles.
Poster Mounts are a great way to promote and display your company or brand. Our poster mounts are a very cost effective marketing tool often used at trade shows but are versatile enough to be used for the same purpose as normal picture frames.
Frame USA Poster Hangers are a simple wire apparatus that allows you to hang your posters as simply as possible while still being pleasing on the eyes. Our poster hangers are available in black, clear and white.
Frame Connectors are a simple contraption that allows you to attach the sides of your picture frames together without the complications of a hinge.
Frame USA has picture frame hardware available at our website! Visit us today if you need new hangers and accessories for your picture frames.
During the holiday season a lot of families enjoy displaying their family and their love by taking photos. Lucky for you, Frame USA has you covered when it comes to Christmas Family Pictures. One of the top selling picture frame series is our Corporate Series. We understand why, it comes in a variety of classic colors that truly look great for any style of decor. We didn’t want to limit our customers to just one style of these awesome family picture frames so through out the years that we have been in business we have added some other members to the Corporate Series.
Things you need to know about our Corporate Picture Frames:
The Frame USA Corporate series are a clean, simple and elegant. These make great Christmas family pictures, smaller certificate frames and matted frames, as well as larger paintings, prints and photos. As one of our more affordable frame series, these are made in America from eco-friendly bonanza wood.
Corporate Picture Frames
The Frame USA Corporate Wood Picture Frame Series is clean and simple like our Architect Series, but larger and more substantial. Great for smaller certificate frames and matted frames as well as larger paintings, prints, or photos. It is also one of our most affordable picture frame. This frame is made in America from Eco-Friendly Bonanza wood and is available in 10 rich colors.
Corporate Thin Picture Frames
The Corporate Thin moulding measures 3/4″ wide and is made in America from eco-friendly Bonanza Wood. The Corporate Thin series is not available in Classic Gold, Silver, or either Barnwood varieties but comes in all the other colors from our Corporate family.
Corporate Rounded Picture Frames
The Corporate Rounded wood frames are made in America from eco-friendly Bonanza Wood, with eight popular colors to choose from. Sleek, and contemporary with a rounded profile, these family picture frames are extremely affordable. They are available in many popular sizes including 11×17 and 24×36 but if you need custom frames, these can also be ordered in non-standard sizes.
Corporate Wide Picture Frames
The Corporate Wide series is clean and consistent with a bold two-inch profile These wood picture frames are made in America from eco-friendly Bonanza Wood and with ten popular colors to choose from.
When doing DIY projects we suggest using our Decorate-it Picture Frames or our Unfinished Picture Frames. These Decorative Picture Frames are perfect for people with that do-it-yourself spirit. Created especially for crafting, these frames can be painted, stained and decorated with ease.
Our Decorate-It Series is an unfinished decorative picture frame with a flat profile that comes in 3 different widths (1.5″, 2″ or 3″). It is created especially for crafting. You can paint it, glue on it, and use a wood burning pen, anything you can think of to decorate the frame.
Additionally, our Unfinished Series is another unfinished decorative picture frame (as the name might suggest). Like the Decorate It, the Unfinished series comes in 3 different profiles, but these are more intricate with some scoops and beveling in the frame. This picture frame could be painted and decorated in a classy way to help enhance the ascetics of your art.
Both our Unfinished and Decorate-It lines have the crafty folk in mind. These are great for both kids and adults alike, but you’ll definitely get your money’s work when you use these as kid’s craft projects. You can use all of your favorite crafting materials to make it, and a trip to your local art and craft store should inspire you to make some great artwork.
A photo wall is a wall frame display similar to your own mini art gallery. Basically, it is a ton of different sized photos thrown on a wall with some kind of order to it. These photo 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 photo wall is around their staircases. A photo wall display easily livens up a usually boring staircase and is the perfect area to place smaller wall frames. As you walk up or down the steps you can arrange the wall frames to gradually age for a nice effect.
One way to spice up your photo wall is to use shelves to help display your pictures. The majority of photo walls are simply a collection of photos hung together that all have a matching theme. Using shelves is an underrated means to add a different feel to your photo wall. Also, using a ledge display can save space because you can layer your photos in order to fit more in a smaller space, something that’s not as easy when arranging them on a photo wall.
On a similar accord, monograms are a nice decorative design that can add flair to you photo 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 photos.
The newest trend in photo walls is taking full advantage of your bathroom. Similar to how photo walls can be used to liven up a staircase, these wall frames can also bring to life a bland bathroom.
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 wall frames you chose to hang on your photo wall 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 photos so as not to damage the wall or the frame and get started today!
Our EZ Hinge metal frame system works with our U-Frame Kits to make the perfect metal frame for displaying informational flyers or pictures that need to be updated frequently. Just open the top, replace the item, close the top and you’re good to go! The EZ Hindge also has a side loading option.
This specialty glass and plastic cleaner is ideal for cleaning the glass or styrene that comes with Frame USA picture frames. These picture frame supplies contain no alcohol or ammonia and cleans all your frames without leaving any streaks or marks.
Acrylic is a widely used form of clear materials with exceptional weather ability, strength, clarity and versatility. Acrylic exhibits glass-like qualities at half the weight. Incredibly durable, acrylic is a suitable solution for a broad temperature range, and has superior weathering properties compared to other plastics.
PETG is extruded from co-polyester resin and is comparable to a Plexiglas material. PETG It is an exceptionally clear and tough material. Often used in filling larger frames, especially poster frames, it gives a great protective layer for images. PETG is more light weight than Acrylic, being only .035” thick compared to Acrylic’s .08” thickness. However, Acrylic give a much clearer view to an image than PETG and weathers much better.
Here at Frame USA, we have the creative DIY folks in mind. Choose from our selection of poster hangers, easel mates. Frame connectors and acid-free mat tape to make your artwork stand out from the crowd! When our standard picture frames just won’t cut it, our hangers and accessories will make your art stand out from the crowd!
Whether you have old picture frames lying around unused or you’re just a creative person who loves new projects, our DIY Mosaic Picture Frames are just the thing for you. A mosaic is art that’s made by combining pieces of glass, tile, stone, etc. in a decorative manner.
Turning your frame into a mosaic is not as difficult as the fancy name suggest. There are a few items you will need to complete your very own DIY Mosaic Picture Frame:
Colored Glass (tile, mirrors, stone or pottery would be an acceptable substitute)
Grout (or other adhesive)
To start this project you first need to break the items you plan on using to decorate the picture frame with. Once you feel you have broken your items into enough pieces to cover the picture frame you need to spread some grout onto the frame. With your picture frame covered in grout you now place the broken pieces of your item onto the grout covered frame. Next you need to fully allow your frame to set and dry for a couple of hours. After your picture frame is completely dry there will be a layer of grout on top of your mosaic pieces but it will come off with a damp paper towel.
When doing DIY projects we suggest using our Decorate-it Picture Frames or our Unfinished Picture Frames. These wooden picture frames are perfect for people with that do-it-yourself spirit. Created especially for crafting, these frames can be painted, stained and decorated with ease.
Send us pictures and let us know how your mosaic picture frames turned out. Then check back in with our Frame USA Blog for more DIY Picture Frames and ideas.
Celebrated on February 14th, Valentine’s Day is a holiday dedicated to showing that special person in your life that you love them. On this day most restaurants are booked with reservations, flower shops are running out of roses and jewelry stores are in heavy demand. But one of the best gifts you can give is one that has meaning. Presents that you create yourself or help design can show your Valentine just how well you know them and how much you care about them. One way to do this is by putting important photos or mementos from a special moment into picture frames and then customizing those frames.
At Frame USA we have a number of different frames that would be perfect for creating this kind of unique Valentine’s Day present.
These unfinished wooden picture frames are perfect for people with that Do-It-Yourself spirit. Created especially for crafting, these frames can be painted in different variations of red or pink for a Valentine feel. The flat profile of these do it yourself frames make them ideal for gluing heart decorations in the vain of Cupid.
Barnwood Frame Serving Tray
These frames are primarily used to entertain guests while serving drinks or appetizes, so why not kill two birds with one stone. Get your Valentine a Barnwood tray and put a special picture of the two of you in it so next time they have guests over not only will they be entertained, but they will be envious of the love you have for your partner.
Shadowbox Picture Frames
If you have any significant mementos or items that remind you of your Valentine, shadow box picture frames are the way to go. Framing mementos will let your Valentine know that not only do you appreciate them, but you also remember even the smallest of memories.
For those of us running short on time or those who just aren’t as crafty, picture frame engraving is the quintessential picture framing idea. At Frame USA we are able to make custom engraved frames with names and logos onto a select variety of our frames, glass or matting. Leave a cute message or the date that you and your Valentine met and watch their heart melt.
So as February 14th gets closer, consider giving your valentine something they can hang on their wall and cherish for many Valentine’s Days to come.
As of late hanging picture collages have become increasingly popular. If you have an abundance of pictures laying around then this is a great way to display those pictures without cluttering your walls with a ton of picture frames. What also makes this diy picture frame project nice is that it’s very easy to swap out and update pictures whenever you feel the need, so you can change the aesthetic of your room as often as you’d like.
This project is rather simple and requires very few items. Things you will need to complete the DIY Hanging Photo Collage:
Screws or Hooks (for attaching the wire to your frame)
To begin this project you need to figure out how many rows of pictures you want inside your frame. Once you decide that, you’ll need two hooks (or screws) per row in order to properly hang them. On the back of your picture frame is where you’ll attach the hooks. After the hooks are attached evenly on parallel sides, you fasten the wire to said hooks. Remember to make your wire as tight as possible, the less slack the better, so your pictures won’t sag.
Finally, you take the clothespins, clip the pictures to the wire and voila, you have successfully made your own DIY Hanging Photo Collage. There are other little things you can do to spice up your collage such as: painting the clothespins that you use to hold onto the photos, decorating the picture frame, printing the photos on different color paper, etc.
Send us pictures and let us know how your hanging photo collage turned out. Then check back in with our Frame USA Blog for more DIY Picture Frames and ideas.