Inexpensive Framing Options

Have your prints been sitting in the corner just waiting to be able to proudly hang on your wall? It's fun to collect prints, but sometimes framing them can be a pain, and not to mention expensive. Especially when you are dealing with a non standard size.

Framed Yeti Monster Friend

In the picture above you can see how the Monster Friends hang at the Familytree office. And believe it or not it didn't cost an arm and a leg.

The picture frame was purchased from a local Hobby Lobby for about $16, but you can no doubt find similar at IKEA, Target and Walmart.  This frame (18" x 24") is much larger than the print (12" x 18"). But this size is perfect because it gives an even 3 extra inches around the artwork on all sides, lots of breathing room.

Next you'll need a matte. I had Hobby Lobby make me a custom one, because they didn't offer any pre-cut mattes that fit this size. I went for the Archival acid free, which cost about $20. So all together, only about $36. Not bad considering custom framing can usually be in the hundreds.

Now lets say you want to spend even less... No problem. You can get a smaller frame without a matte that fits the art exactly. I found a reseller on Amazon that sells 12" x 18" frames between $7.50 - $11.50.

Apartment Therapy has a great resource on where to get quality poster size frames here.

Posted on March 11, 2011 and filed under Blog.