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Make Your Own Custom Picture Frame

Make Your Own Custom Picture Frame

Custom picture frames can add a very nice layer of texture and depth to your home decor. While paying a framing shop or artisan to make custom frames for your photos and art is expensive, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have them in your own home. Almost anyone can build custom picture frames with common materials that are easy to come by. Here is more information on how you can do this.

Custom picture frames are a great way to express your personal tastes and to compliment the artwork or photos that you have in your home. Some people have very eclectic styles and can find anything that will suit them at garage sales or flea markets. Others have more specific demands but don’t have the budget to pay for custom framers to make their frames. But if you don’t care for the wide mix of styles and don’t have the budget to buy them, you can make your own custom picture frames. Some common and basic workshop tools will be necessary for you to make the picture frames, and if you don’t have them, they could be considered a good investment anyways. A simple miter box and a saw is all that is really necessary to make a true ninety degree angle for the frames. A tape measure or ruler will also be necessary depending on the size of the frame being made. Glass will still have to be cut to fit the frame, but this can be done quite easily and inexpensively at most craft stores.

You will need to use wood to make the frames and there are many places you can get the necessary wood. You can recycle and repurpose wood from other frames or furniture to make the frames or you can purchase any type or combination of home moldings to make the frame yourself. When you start shopping for wood, you may be surprised how inexpensive it can be. You can also join two or more simple moldings to make a more intricate and elaborate piece of wood for your frame. Doing this will provide a nicer look and also a place where the artwork or glass will rest securely inside the frame.

You’ll also need some nails, wood glue, a hammer, sandpaper and a nail set to make the frame look clean on the outside before finishing. Most people have these things around the house and if not, they can be purchased inexpensively at almost any store. It is also a good idea to have some spackle for filling in the holes made by the nails, but wood glue can also be used. Improvisation is a very good way to make household items into striking and beautiful pieces of art that double as picture frames. All that you really need to make a beautiful picture frame out of common materials is a good imagination, some time and the right tools.

While not everything in the home or found at a garage sale can be used to make a picture frame, you can use many different things in ways most wouldn’t think of to make attractive picture frames. For example, you may be able to use an old door frame or the molding around it to make a frame. You could also use an old piece of glass or Plexiglas from an old desk or table top in the frame. This can protect the picture from UV rays and give added character to your artwork. Whatever you choose to do with items you find around the house, make sure you are creative with what you make.