My oldest son just had his senior pictures taken. I knew I wanted a couple of over-sized portraits to hang in my home to honor this special time in his life. Have you priced large decorative frames? Today I am going to show you the easiest DIY picture framing hack to save you some serious bank.
A re-purposed frame and a poster print made this framing hack easy and affordable.
A few weeks ago, I visited our local CORT Clearance Center and found these over-sized framed prints. I snagged them up for $29.99/pc. You can see the original post sponsored by CORT here.
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Supplies needed for this framing hack:
- Poster print ordered to your frame size
- Permanent Spray Adhesive
- Break-away knife
- Flathead Screwdriver
Step 1) Measure the frame opening and order the size print you need. I ordered mine from Staples.
For example: My frame opening is 24″ x 24″. I cropped my photo to 24″ x 24″ and then uploaded it to the staples website on the 24″ x 36″ poster print template. Cut off the excess paper.
Tip: The advantage to ordering your prints this way is they don’t have to be a standard size. Simply crop your picture to the size you need and upload it on a standard size template.
My poster print was $30. This is printed on photo paper. This is not an engineering print which is printed on more of a paper.
Turn frame face down.
Step 2) Using the break-away knife, remove paper backing from back of frame.
Step 3) Using a flat head screwdriver, lift all of the staples that are securing the print in place. Pull staples with pliers.
Remove original art print from frame. This particular print has a texture on the front which could interfere with the adhesion of my poster print. My solution was to turn the print upside.
Step 4) Spray adhesive to the back side of art print. Let adhesive tack per instructions on can.
step 5) Lay new print face down and place the adhesive side of the old print onto the back side of the new print.
Voila! This is my happy face because it was so easy.
Step 6) Place picture back into the original frame. Re-staple or glue print to hold in place.
Step 7) Spray back of frame with adhesive and replace paper backing for a finished look.
I am so happy with my framing hack. Any time I can make something beautiful at a fraction of the cost, its a win win. I hope this inspires you to think outside the box when you are framing pictures for your home or as gifts for those special people on your list.
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