Friday, July 24, 2009
The above piece is $10 from IKEA. They’ve got a ton of gorgeous prints for fabulous prices – a lot for under $20, and lovely cheap frames to go with them (they have a lot of more expensive prints as well, but those are more of freaking-huge-on-canvas ones). This one comes in four different prints online, but I’ve seen more in stores (including the one I have here)
What I love about this is that it has a shadow-box style frame; the picture is about an inch and half from the glass.
For $10, I bought two – one to put my own prints in (above.) I had three prints (well, these ones are little paintings, but whatever) that I picked up in China. I knew I wanted to put them in one three-frame, but couldn’t find the right one at the right price.
What we(mum and I) did. All you need is a frame, artwork, a pair of pliers, and a hammer!:
- First, we found the cheap frame. Then, because we’re not thieves, we bought it.
- Next, we took needle-nose pliers and pulled out the staples holding the backboard on (carefully!)
- We cut the posterboard to size, positioned the three pieces of artwork on it, and taped them in from the back using double-sided tape.
- Put the posterboard-backing in, and replace the back panel.
- Hammer in the nails that you pulled out earlier. No need for new materials – we just put them back in their holes. One or two got mangled coming out, but there were so many excessive ones that it didn’t matter!
$11 (the posterboard was a dollar, lol!) and a half hour later, I had the photos mounted on black posterboard and in the frame. And I kept the other one as it was… the prints were too pretty not to have in my room!