One piece. Infinite possibilities.

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!:

  1. First, we found the cheap frame. Then, because we’re not thieves, we bought it.
  2. Next, we took needle-nose pliers and pulled out the staples holding the backboard on (carefully!)
  3. 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.
  4. Put the posterboard-backing in, and replace the back panel.
  5. 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!

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  • Catherine

    That's such a cool idea!

  • Meream

    What a coincidence! I actually just received a bunch of Ikea prints from a friend in the US and I've been wondering how to display them. :D

  • beautifulmonday

    can't wait to have our own house so i can go on an Ikea bender. :P