So you've got some beautiful piece of art you want to hang, but you don't have a big budget for a nice frame. Fear not! Here are some easy steps on how to make a cheap frame out of easily found materials.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
You will need:
- Cardboard (I re-used a package) You will want to make sure it is larger than your art work.
- Fun Duct Tape
- Writing Utensil (I used a Sharpie)
- Your art work
- Command Strips or Office Putty to hang your art work
Step 2: Cut Your Cardboard Frame
DISCLAIMER: Cardboard can be very difficult to cut and may become sharp. Cardboard cuts are 1000x worse than paper cuts. Please use caution when cutting to prevent harm to yourself and/or your art work.
- Using your scissors, begin in an open corner and cut along the edge of the box until it is able to lie flat. This will give you the most surface area to work with.
Step 3: Measure Your Frame
- Place your art work on the cardboard.
- Using some sort of utensil (I used my King Size Sharpie (about 4 in.), but you can use a ruler or tape measure as well), measure the sides of the frame to your desired length.
- You will also want to leave some extra cardboard to attach your photo to. I would recommend leaving about a 1/4 of an inch, or the length of your pinky nail.
- Once they are even, mark the corners of your artwork with your writing utensil.
- Cut additional cardboard from the edges, leaving a hole for your artwork.
Step 4: Cut Out Your Frame
- Using your scissors, cut along the marks you made.
- Use your artwork to double check that the measurements are correct, and that the frame suits you art.
- Re-cut/ re-measure as needed.
Step 5: Tape Your Frame
Now for the fun part!
- Pick whichever end of the frame you want to be the bottom. This is where you will put the first layer of tape.
- Place tape along bottom of frame, with about a half inch over the bottom, across the length of the cardboard.
- Cut tape with the scissors.
- Fold the extra tape over the bottom and sides of the frame.
Step 6: Finish Taping the Frame
- Now align the next length of tape so that the pattern matches that of the bottom layer.
- Once you get to the edges of the frame, cut the tape so that it folds over the inside corner of the frame.
- Continue doing this all the way up the frame.
Step 7: Tape Your Artwork
- Turn your frame over and place the art work upside down on top of it.
- There should be about 1/4" or a pinky nail length of cardboard for you to attach it to.
- If this covers any part of your artwork, use your scissors to trim the edges.
- Apply tape around the edges of the art until it is secured on the back of the frame.
Step 8: Hang Your Art
- Apply command strips or putty to the corners on the back of your frame.
- The putty should be rolled into a ball about the size of your pinky nail and pressed to all four corners.
- If you have a larger work of art, putty and command strips should be distributed along the lengths as well.
- Hang and enjoy!