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How To: Make Your Own Picture Frames for $5 a Pop!

How To: Make Your Own Picture Frames for $5 a Pop!

I love art, lovelovelove it.  If I could cover all my walls and even the back of my eyelids in art, I would.  Instead, I have an ever-growing stack of prints and drawings that aren't seeing the light of day.  Why??  Because framing those bad boys is EXPENSIVE.  So, when I spotted this simple DIY framing solution that brings the price to around $5 a piece, I kid you not, I could hear my stack of art rejoicing.  Their time has finally come!  

All those unhung prints have Jordan Ferney to thank for their rescue.  The queen of clever DIY ideas (like this affordable potato print art) and the blogger behind Oh Happy Day, Jordan shares this super inexpensive approach to making your own picture frames.  I love the clean, modern lines of the thin frames, which would compliment just about any piece of art.  The other thing I love about this project?  You can easily customize the colors of the frame to suit your decor.

created at: 09/20/2011

Here's what you'll need:

  • glass or plexiglass
  • mat board cut to size
  • mat board cutter
  • cardboard cut to size
  • ruler
  • paper tape
  • x-acto knife
  • framing hardware
  • super glue

When you're ready to start building your own custom frames and finally cover those walls with art, check out Jordan's beautifully photographed how-to right here.

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Erin Harris on Apr 25, 2015:

Where do you get the paper tape, please?  I've been looking for this for years!


glynda on Aug 20, 2013:

I want the beside table...


CapreeK on Sep 21, 2011:

Ha! Yeah, that lamp is pretty fabulous! :)


Shayna on Sep 21, 2011:

Forget the picture frames, I want that desk lamp!


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