DIY Custom Framing That Won’t Break The Bank

Adding custom artwork to your walls gives your space a uniqueness that can’t be achieved from generic wall art found at big box stores. Seeking out and finding pieces that speak to you, whether it be by an artist you love or a style you love, gives meaning to the space you live in and makes it your own. Wall art can be found in stationery, calendars, magazines, or any form of printed media. And you don’t need to break the bank by having inexpensive art custom framed.

Framing Original Art

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This piece by Eric Waugh is a 9″ x 12″ original that is meant to be framed and hung. However, 9″ x 12″ is not a standard frame size. So the piece either needs to be matted to fit a standard size or you can buy a frame kit in the size you need and put the piece together yourself. Studio 15 located in The Art Store in Henrietta is a great local source for framing supplies. You can buy wood or metal frames in the length and width of your piece. Style options are limited but if you’re looking for a basic black frame, this is the way to go. You will also need to have a piece of glass and back board cut, which is very inexpensive compared to custom framing. If you’re willing to put in a little bit of time and elbow grease, it’s well worth the savings.

Total framing cost: $33.18

  • Frame Kit: $19.94
  • Glass/Back Board: $13.24

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Framing Calendar Art

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These pieces are an example of creating wall art using a 2016 calendar by Rifle Paper Co. that was too pretty to discard when the year was over. Because of the odd size, it did require some creative framing ideas to make it work without having the pieces custom framed. Again, Studio 15 located in The Art Store in Henrietta provides this service of cutting custom mats in any size you need.

The process starts by purchasing a 32″ x 40″ mat board in the color and finish you want. You keep any leftovers from the board to use again if needed. The associate is there to help you work out the size and dimensions of the mats, which is not an easy process. Without the help of Jenn, I could not have done this on my own very easily. Each mat needed its own custom size due to the variance in the artwork. I wanted the overall frame size to be something I could find easily at a reasonable price from a store like Michaels or JoAnns. I ended up finding these 8″ x 8″ frames at AC Moore in Henrietta at a great price of $6.00 each! The calendar pages were trimmed to fit within the frame and adhered to the mats using acid free artists tape. A beautiful set of 4 framed art pieces creates a stunning impact and are ready to hang for very little money.

Total framing cost: $92.97 ($23.25 ea)

  • Frames: $6.00 ea
  • Mat Board: $8.97
  • Cutting Mats: $15.00 ea

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2017-10-31T15:16:12+00:00 February 12th, 2017|Decorating Tips, DIY Projects|

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