Framing Art at Home {A Step by Step Tutorial + Tips}

Framing Art at Home {A Step by Step Tutorial + Tips}


 As I was on the hunt for frames for our dining room, I wasn’t having much luck finding gold frames in the sizes I needed, so I went to Michael’s to see how much custom frames would be. I’ve never had anything custom framed before, so I had no idea the cost, but I knew it wasn’t going to be cheap. I got a quote for an 18×24 frame and that one alone was going to cost me around $160 and that was with a discount. Holy moly! That wasn’t going to work with my budget at all. So, after feeling a little defeated about the situation, I headed to Hobby Lobby, settled for some plain black frames, had them make custom mattes, and gave them a coat of my favorite gold spray paint. Today I wanted to give y’all a step by step tutorial so that you don’t have to spend a bajillion dollars on custom framing either, you can just frame your art at home and get a great finished product! Sound good?

Framing Art at Home { A Step by Step Tutorial + Tips} | | Want to save some money and avoid the framer? Here is a step by step tutorial on the easiest way to frame art at home.

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1.You’ll Need: Frame | Art | Matte | Flathead Screwdriver | Coffee Filter | Glass Cleaner | Acid-Free Tape | Paper Towel

2.Start by turning your frame upside down on a paper towel. This gives you a nice clean space to work.

3.To save the tips of your fingers, use a flathead screwdriver to flip up the tabs on the back of the frame.

4.Remove everything from the frame except the glass.

5.Clean the glass using a coffee filter and glass cleaner.

*Pro Tip: Using a coffee filter instead of a paper towel prevents streaking and doesn’t leave behind any unwanted fuzzies on the glass.

6.Arrange your art on the matte and then place one piece of tape (this print was relatively inexpensive, so I just went with the scotch tape I had on hand, but for pricier pieces that you want to preserve, use acid-free tape) at the top of your art to secure it to the matte.

*Pro Tip: Putting one piece of tape allows your art to sit absolutely flat in the frame. And, if when you put the matte and art back into the frame, there is little traces of debris, you can flip up the art and blow it out without having to reposition your art.

7.Turn matte over and make sure it’s clean before placing it back in the frame. Once everything is back in the frame, clean the outside glass.

*Pro Tip: If your art is an odd size, Hobby Lobby can cut a custom matte that will fit a standard size frame and it’s super affordable.

8.Take one last look to make sure theres nothing on the glass.

9.Hang it up!

Framing Art at Home { A Step by Step Tutorial + Tips} | | Want to save some money and avoid the framer? Here is a step by step tutorial on the easiest way to frame art at home.

Framing the art at home that I used in our dining room makeover saved me around $200 if not more. Also, if you don’t want to pay the high price for custom framing, but not sure you want to do it yourself, Hobby Lobby will do all of the steps above for free if you buy a frame from them.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

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Framing Art at Home | | Want to avoid the framer and save some money? Check out this step by step tutorial and tips on how to frame art at home by Sincerely, Sweetpea.



    • kalynabrams
      September 2, 2017 / 1:36 am

      Thanks! They work so well, much better than a regular paper towel!

  1. Laurie
    September 7, 2017 / 2:13 am

    Great tips and I had no idea how much it would cost to custom frame something at Michaels! Thanks for sharing!

    • kalynabrams
      September 7, 2017 / 4:33 am

      Thank you so much Laurie! And yes, it seemed expensive to me, but I’m not really sure if that quote is high or low compared to other framer’s.

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