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How to make DIY custom frames?
Material for custom frames
- Magazines, old calendars, sheet music, a book page with a favorite poem, or anything that contains something special you’d like to frame; I chose a couple of small Toulouse-Lautrec prints from the same magazines I used for this project.
- Ready-made plain photo mats from your local hobby supply store; choose the standard size that best fits the object you are trying to frame.(remember we are saving tons of $$$ by not custom-framing so if the mat is not the exact size, get over it!)
- A photo frame that is much larger than your mat; for example, I used 5×7 inch mats with 3×5 inch inner cutouts, and bought an 8×10 inch frame to put it all in. The empty space in between is where you get creative!
- Fun, interesting, scrapbooking card-stock paper that compliments the object you are framing; I chose textured, shimmery, bright orange (best color EVER) paper.
- Tape, preferably acid-free (to not wear away at your pictures/cutouts over the years).
- Glue-stick, also preferably acid-free.
- Scissors or scrapbooking paper cutter.
- And as always, creativity.
Instructions to make DIY custom frames
Start by choosing and cutting out what you wish to frame; never cut something its exact size; leave a few millimeters around its perimeter to allow for gluing to the mat.
Place a small piece of tape halfway behind your image and halfway sticking out, with the sticky side up; do this on only ONE edge of your image (trust me, it’s easier to correct mistakes this way).
Carefully place your mat over the image, centering it to your liking.
Once you’re happy with the placement of your image behind the mat, press down on the side with the tape so it’s fixed in place; proceed with taping the remaining three edges in the same manner the image should be taped to the back side of the mat, like this.
If you buy a double-layer style mat, use a glue-stick or double-sided tape to adhere the second mat layer to the first; if you bought a single-layer mat, ignore this step!
Next, use the insert from your picture frame to trace an outline on the back side of your card-stock, and cut it out; by doing this, you’ve cut it the exact size to fit your picture frame.
Glue the mat with your image in the center of the card-stock cutout. I hope you chose interesting card-stock, because this is part that really customizes and make DIY custom frames special.
Frame the whole thing! Voila!