Thursday, January 2

How To: When The Frame Doesn't Fit

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Sorry the picture is slightly crooked, I was taking it from an angle.

Finding a frame for your favorite piece of wall art is really easy when it's a normal size. 11x14, 16x20, 22x28 are all a breeze, but what do you do when your art isn't a standard size? Don't fear, this solution is extremely easy.

For Advent Day 12 I gave Hubby a Wolverine poster. He has been wanting to find a frame and hang it ever since, the problem is that it is a 14x20, not a standard size. Michaels is currently having a BOGO (buy one, get one) sale on their frames so we figured now was a good time to look at the selection. Hubby found several frames he liked, but none were the right size. Custom framing was 55% off so I asked how much it would cost for their cheapest custom frame... $90! That was a no go. I looked at the mating paper, but it was all pre-cut and I don't have the right tools to re-cut such thick paper.

Before giving up we decided to walk around Michaels and see if we could come up with an inexpensive solution for a background. Low and behold the art section has large, colored, semi-thick paper for under $3. I bought a 16x24 frame so that the backing would show all the way around the poster. Once home I removed the frame backing, traced the frame backing on the paper, and cut out the traced portion. I didn't want to damage the poster by using any sort of adhesive so I simply laid the poster on the glass, laid the paper on top of it (careful not to shift the poster in the process), and snapped in the frame backing. There is enough pressure from the frame backing that the poster doesn't slide around.

For two frames and the two sheets of art paper it cost $35, a darn site better than the $90 they would have charged to have just one poster custom framed. Hubby loves the way it looks and is pleased as punch that he can finally hang his new poster.


What you will need:

  1. Wall art.
  2. A frame slightly larger than your wall art on all sides.
  3. A piece of art paper in the color of your choice, make sure it is the same size or bigger than your frame.
  4. Scissors.
  5. A method of hanging your frame on the wall.
What you need to do:
  1. Remove the backing from the frame.
  2. Outline the backing on your art paper.
  3. Use the scissors to cut out the traced portion.
  4. Place your wall art in the frame as you would like it to be seen.
  5. Place the backing paper behind your wall art, being careful not to shift the art.
  6. Place the backing in your frame and make sure it is secure.
  7. Hang your frame.


  1. Great how-to! :) You're quite crafty!

    Hope you had a good holiday and happy 2014!


    1. Thank you! I hope you have a happy new year!

  2. nice tutorial. love your blog!
    have a lovely year ahead <3

    Wilda from

    1. Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful 2014 as well!

  3. Oh my gosh, phase 10!! I used to play that game all the time with my neighbors. I want to go buy it now! Hope you had a great weekend :)

    1. I played it as a kid, too, but my husband never played it before! It's really cheap at Target. I had a wonderful weekend and hope you did too!