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DIY Projects Using Picture Frames – Tips and Ideas

DIY Projects – Tips and Ideas using Picture Frames

 

DIY Projects
Do it yourself projects are a huge trend right now. They’re a great way to bring out your creative side, manage stress, or decorate on a budget. I look at a picture frame and think the possibilities are endless. There are hundreds of styles and sizes that can be transformed into exciting DIY projects!  We’ll start small and work our way larger.

Let’s take a 4×6 frame and place a photo in it. It might seem DIY Gift Ideasobvious, but this could make a great gift for grandparents or other family members. You could also use that same frame and place a gift card inside – now there is a great gift idea! Using a picture frame instead of a greeting card is not only more exciting and unexpected, but many frames are more affordable than the average greeting card. They can also reuse the frame themselves.

Frames make for great wall decor just by adding printed craft paper or chalk board material. Check out this photo below of one of our customers who decorates the outside of our frames and sells them on Etsy! Our Decorate-It frame series is perfect for this kind of project. These unfinished frames are great for your DIY project like painting or collage.

 

DIY Projects Frames

One of my favorite DIY ideas is to add mirror glass to picture frames. Large or small, they can sit on a table or hang on a wall. This makes your frame a one of a kind wall decoration. We have frames that can be stained, painted, any custom finish that one can think of.

Barnwood Frames
Another favorite is the versatility of Frame USA’s natural Barnwood frames.  This series has a great rustic look and can be filled with any style of photo, or decorated with paint or collage. We have even turned them into serving trays that can be customized by simply adding a seasonal paper or family photo.

Last year the employees at Frame USA had the opportunity to make a project from their favorite frame. Each project was unique, creative, and awesome!
We are always adding new mouldings to our frame lines. The possibility of new ideas for creative DIY projects is endless! Get creative and send us your photos of any projects you use our frames for on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter! We love seeing how creative our customers are!

Favorite Frame Series - Decorate It

Favorite Frame Series By Dan Regenold, CEO Frame USA

Our CEO’s Favorite Frame Series

Frame USA CEO Dan Regenold

Favorite Frame Series - GoldWow, it’s a hard choice for me to try and name my favorite frame series. But, if you put me under pressure, I will give you some personal recommendations of what I would choose to frame my favorite image.

If you are looking for a GREAT gold frame, the American Value #797 Large has always been one of my favorites. It is manufactured at a value price and will look good anywhere. This frame is also very substantial when displayed on your wall.
If you have more of a simple taste in gold, like for a smaller print, maybe for the bathroom or kitchen, I would try American Value Gold #802 Thin—you will not be unhappy with the results.

 

Favorite Frame Series - CorporateSomeone told me early on  that with Framing simplicity is usually best. You cannot frame an image more simply that with our Corporate Series. I like the Corporate Narrow frames for just about anything. Corporate is the series you will find that architects choose most frequently for a business setting. It doesn’t take away at all from the artwork and instead enhances the product. A few of my favorite colors—Black, White, Canadian Walnut, Red Mahogany and Brazilian Walnut. You can’t go wrong.

To compliment the corporate frames I might try the Café Collection. The Expresso and Mocha Narrow are colors that are very popular and these choices look great in Narrow or Wide. The Black Series is a profile that will never go out of style. Next to the Corporate Series, the Black Series it is my favorite.

Favorite Frame Series - Clean Cut

 

Under real wood frames—I love the Grande Series Frame in Black or Cherry.  Grande is perfect for doing a lot of the same prints for resale or giveaway. The double finish that the Grande Series offers you will present you with the presentation vs. price you are looking for. The Clean Cut Series is remarkably good—in any color. The green, the blue, the red, the white, they all overachieve with a true “shaker” look. Also, they are at a great price point.


 

Decorate-It Series (especially 1.5 and 2” flat) for a real wood frames offers so many opportunities. Take a look at the “Stem Girls” image that we created where we have lasered the logo on this unfinished frame. It looks great!

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We can laser on the Decorate-It frame or you can have your team decorate the frames themselves with glitter, color, markers, stick-on’s. We can create custom matting. The unfinished segment of our products offer many choices.

Rounding out my favorite series I must tell you I’ve always enjoyed the “stateliness” of our Napoleon frame. Napoleon would be perfect at the Biltmore. It is an old style which is something that never goes away.

Trying for a more contemporary look? Think about the True Depth series. The finish is Favorite Frame Series - Napoleonstunning—white or black, you will not go wrong. At a custom framing shop you would easily pay 3 to 4 times our price.

Finally, Verona Narrow is a handsome frame with a smooth rounded edge. Verona is a little upscale if you are trying for that look. The elegance of our Verona Series will turn heads.

Oh sorry, I’m out of space…I could go on and on…. If they let me write another article I’ll talk to you about our incredible Barnwood and Shadow Box frames.   Until then, happy framing!

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Creative Uses of Frames

Creative Frame Uses by Frame USA Customers

We love seeing creative frame uses by our customers!

creative frame uses

Here at Frame USA, our customers are our top priority. However, they are more than just important to our business – they inspire us! Seeing our products used in such a variety of creative ways brings out the artist in all of us.

For instance, the photo above was sent to us by the owner of an Etsy shop called CreativeGlassByBecky. Becky uses frames from Frame USA to create faux stained glass artwork that she sells in her shop. We love that our American-made frames are being used to create art and help an American small business owner run their company.

creative frame uses

Above is another piece of art made with a Frame USA Wood Frame. This reverse glass painting was also made by an American Etsy shop owner whose shop is called KRAM Gifts & Crafts. Reverse glass painting consists of painting in layers on the back of a piece of glass and viewing it from the other side. It is a technique of painting that has existed since the Middle Ages.

 

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These next photos are examples of our custom frames. Frame USA offers a wide variety of standard frame sizes, however sometimes customers have pieces they want framed that are not standard sizes.

This customer had these beautiful posters they wanted to display, but needed a custom size to fit them.

All of our standard frames can be made in custom sizes by using the “Custom Sizes” tab on our site.

The Design a Frame section of our website is also an option for designing your own custom frame.

 

creative frame uses

Our Decorate-It frame series is another popular frame that leaves room for creativity. These wood frames come unfinished so that you can decorate them yourself however you please! These photos are examples of how one customer decorated their Decorate-It frames. This series is great for painting on or using to collage onto like this artist did.

 

creative frame uses

Weddings are also an occasion where having the perfect picture frame is important. This customer used one of our frames to commemorate their big day in 2011. It’s a great way to decorate a wedding ceremony or reception, or to show off photographs from your wedding afterward. Jared and Diana spelled their last name “Thompson” in a photo collage and displayed it as a decoration.

We love seeing all of the different creative ways our customers use our frames. If you’ve purchased a frame from us, we want to see your photos! Contact us on social media – Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or email us at [email protected]. We will gladly give you a shout out.

 

Grey Picture Frames

Grey Picture Frames – July Frame of the Month

Grey Picture Frames Are This Month’s Featured Frame

Every month Frame USA chooses a series of frames to feature and provide a discount for 10% off.
July 2018’s Frame of the Month is the Grey Series.

Grey Picture Frames

We chose this series for the cool look during the summer heat! Frame USA offers both a wide and narrow version of our grey picture frames. These frames are sleek and modern, and do an excellent job of accentuating any artwork without distracting from it.

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Use coupon code “grey10” during all of July 2018 to get 10% off of any frames from this series. We offer grey picture frames in many standard sizes including 5×7, 8×10, 11×14, 18×24, and several more. If you need a non standard size for your frame, we also offer custom sizing on our grey frame series. Just scroll down to the “Custom Sizes” tab and enter the size and quantity you want for your frames!

Custom Framing

Custom Framing by Our Retail Team and Online

Frame USA Offers a Variety of Custom Framing Options to Make You the Perfect Frame

Here at Frame USA we run a retail store, an online store, and a full production warehouse all at our location in Cincinnati, Ohio. Every part of our team works hard to make Frame USA run smoothly and make the best quality products for our customers. However, this week we’d like to highlight the beautiful custom framing work done by our retail team!

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Our team layered multiple mats of different sizes and colors to give dimension to the frames and the artwork. They also used our engraving technology to add details to the frame in the first image. Customers can bring in their artwork or images to our retail store and use the expertise of our team to have them create the perfect unique frame for their piece. One of a kind custom ready made frames can also be bought in our retail store.

However, if you’re not located in Cincinnati or don’t have the time to visit our store, you can still get a custom frame! Our website also has a section for you to customize a frame specific to the size, material, mat, glazing, colors, etc. that you’d like. We’re proud of the creative work our retail team does on custom framing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t design a frame on your own.

If you just want a frame to be engraved, we also have a section on our website that allows you to customize your own engraving on a frame. The options for custom framing with Frame USA endless! Whether you want in person help from our creative and experienced retail team, or you want to design a frame yourself through our website, Frame USA is the perfect place for custom framing.

How to Choose the Right Type of Picture Frame

There is a perfect frame for every picture! Well, not really. With the plentiful options that we have to offer, we are sure you could create multiple splendid looks for your pictures and posters. However, we do understand that there could be different factors playing when choosing a picture frame like the overall theme and color of your space or it could just be a matter of personal taste – depicting the appeal you wish to create. So, just to make things simpler for you, we have a few suggestions/looks you could try out which we think work great.

  • If you have a really clean and modern image, you could make it fancy by using  gold frames and you could possibly go further by adding double layered matting with gold edgings on the side to give it a rich look.

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  • For highlighting the image/poster, choosing a frame color matching any color from the image/poster also works great. This very well comes out is an image submitted to us by our customer where he has used Victorian Walnut with Gold to frame his posters. The gold lining on the inside really adds to the impact of the image. Any frame with a color from the picture and a narrow lining of a different color would work well are what we would say. Also, our Victorian Series goes well with historic pieces adding a rich look to it. ‎

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Picture Courtesy: Briley Mitchell (Customer)

  • If you want to give your posters a really modern and sleek look, you could use a narrow metal frame in glossy colors. You could either choose to add a mat or just choose to go without it to give a floating look. A narrow black metal also works well for any poster, and if the poster has darker shades, adding a thin white matting really makes it stand out.

Black Poster Frames

Pic courtesy: Danny Haymond-Preciado (Customer)

  • For Art posters, a white frame with a clean white matting also works very well. This directs all the focus on the poster.

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Pic courtesy: Visionary and Voice

  • You could pick and choose different color and shapes of mats to play and see the impact on your image. If you are choosing a colored mat then revealing a portion of the print’s white border gives the illusion of a double mat. You could also go for double matting with a dark wide one as the first layer and a lighter color as the narrow second layer

Barn Wood Frames

Picture Courtesy: Paper’d Moments (Customer) 

  • For natural scenes and outdoor images, you could use narrow metal frames of a contrasting color to give it a modern impact. Also, our Barn Wood frames give it an unfinished an raw look if that is the theme you are playing by or you could also go with the different options of classic wooden frames and we assure you would never go wrong with those

“We love our Barn Wood Frames. It works very well for our landscapes and wildlife.” – Julia Held (Customer)

Bran Wood Frames

Picture Courtesy:  Julia Held (Customer)

  • Another option for posters is a shadow-box frame which makes it appear more like real art.

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Picture Courtesy: Paul Krako (Customer)

We believe our frames would always enhance the beauty of your images as well as keep it well protected. Now, it’s time for you to explore the different options and create astonishing pieces with our frames.

We hope you found these suggestions useful. We are sure you would find the right frame for your pictures and posters with our wide selection of frames and the customization options we have. If you have any further questions about the type of picture frame suited for you, do reach out to us on any of our social media pages or our helpline number and we will be happy to assist you.

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Wishing you Happy Framing!

 

Pop Art Picture Frames – New Item Spotlight

The Pop Art Picture Frame series has been in the works for literally two years! We are super excited to have this line finally in house and ready to sell.

Pop Art Picture Frames
Pop Art Picture Frames

Our Pop Art Series of wood picture frames are a lighthearted, modern style that puts a spin on more traditional photo frames. With six different colors to choose from, these beautiful art frames will help you enhance any piece of artwork you chose to frame.

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The frame around a picture or a piece of art is a terribly underrated portion of your artwork. A picture frame is often as crucial an element as the artwork itself, being that it houses said art and will affect how people take in your work. Color picture frames can be instrumental in bringing artwork to life! Our Pop Art Picture Frames are a fantastic choice for when you’re looking for a brightly colored frame to electrify your art.

Continue to check back in for new products and events we have going on around Frame USA.

Christmas Family Pictures

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

Corporate Christmas Family Pictures
Corporate Christmas Family Pictures
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
Corporate Thin Christmas Family Pictures
Corporate Thin Christmas Family Pictures
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
Corporate Rounded Christmas Family Pictures
Corporate Rounded Christmas Family Pictures
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
Corporate Wide Christmas Family Pictures
Corporate Wide Christmas Family Pictures
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.
Christmas Family Pictures
Christmas Family Pictures

Grey Picture Frames

Grey Picture Frames are hot right now due to their versatility. The color is relaxed and subtle, and it can be dressed up or down depending on how you intend to use the color. Because of this, we’ve brought you two great new options of Grey Picture Frames.

Gray pairs best with:

Red

Grey Picture Frames

The Bright and boldness of the red makes anything pop, especially when paired with softer shades.

Violet

Grey Frames

This provides a more fashion-forward and millennial vibe.

Pink

Grey Picture Frames

This is a most popular combination because of its energetic yet feminine feel.

Blue

Grey Frames

This combination is more classic and neutral look.

Regardless if you’re framing a piece of art or a family picture of a cherished memory, the picture is the highlight but a beautiful picture frame is a fantastic addition! Our grey frames are sure to look great on the walls of your home or office, or are a great gift for the ones you love.

Frame USA November News

We have some exciting new things taking place around Frame USA and we want to share them with you.

November News
November News

For the month of November enjoy 10% off all Grey Picture Frames with coupon code: November10 

As with anything you place in your home, make sure it’s something that works for you. In the end it’s all about finding something that works for you and makes your home a more comfortable environment. Grey Picture Frames are simply on of the many ways to make an ordinary home extraordinary!