Instagram Picture Frames: How-to Tutorial

Here, we will go through assembling DIY frames for your Instagram pictures First, gather all materials. You will need:

Instagram frame
Mat (depending on the size of the image)
Mounting Board
Saw tooth hanger
Ruler or tape measure

Recommended tools:
Hinging Tape
ATG tape
Static Brush
Point Driver


Framing supplies

For this tutorial we are framing a 4x4” image, so we are using a mat.

center the image

Center the image on the mounting board. We are going to hinge the photo to the mounting board for ease of changing mats.


apply hinging tape to image

Get a strip of Filmoplast P90 tape or other hinging tape and apply it to the top of image, half overlapping the edge of the image and half sticking to the mounting board.

Either set the mat on top of the mounting board or, if there are tight margins between the edge of the image and the overlap of the mat, apply 
ATG tape to the back of the mat, line up the mat opening to the image and press down gently. This will keep the mat in place and avoid accidentally showing the edges of your photograph.

Another way this can be solved is to figure in more overlap to the mat board. Although, this could be problematic if the mat covers up too much of the image.


peel one side of the acrylic paper

Peel off one of the layers of protective paper from the acrylic. Note: We don’t recommend peeling off both sides at the same time because of dust clinging to the glazing and there is also a higher risk of it becoming scratched.


peel second side of protective paper

Once one side is peeled off, place the exposed acrylic on the top of your matted artwork and begin peeling off the remaining paper. Be careful when doing this part. Sometimes the paper can be difficult to peel off, causing the acrylic to lift off the artwork (if you aren’t holding it down like we are here) and create a static “vacuum,” causing a ton of dust to stick to the underside of the glazing. Nothing can be more frustrating!

After both sides of the protective paper have been peeled off, carefully flip the assembled “stack” of materials over and gently place into the opening of the wood frame.


add mounting board to frame stack

Apply mounting board to the back.

Use point driver to finsih frame

Use a point driver (or another preferred method such as glazing points or wire brads) to secure the mounting board and other materials in the frame.

For tips on how and when to use a point driver, 
click here, or watch our instructional video tutorial here.

Want to learn to properly add a protective backing and finish the frame? We cover that in another tutorial which can be found


Finished frame

Now they’re ready to hang on the wall!

AubreyK | 2/26/2014 7:30:00 AM | 4 comments
American Frame

Absolutely! Give it a go!
4/14/2014 4:06:24 PM

So you think this is a project a guy with two thumbs can do?
4/14/2014 4:02:41 PM

American Frame

We are glad you found it helpful!
3/17/2014 9:17:21 AM

Laura C.
Thanks for the step-by-step tutorial on how to frame a picture. The products you listed look helpful so that I can make sure the picture does not shift once framed.
3/17/2014 3:12:48 AM

About this blog

Mike Cromly
So, who’s Mike? He is the man behind the mission of getting your picture frames produced and out the door quickly, correctly, with custom frame shop quality. Once your order is placed, it is in the hands of Mike and the many people he has trained over his 35+ years with the company. A natural teacher, he loves to tinker and experiment. Of course he has a nice office, but we rarely find him there. Working in the plant and improving our processes is his passion. Outside of American Frame, Mike is an outdoorsman, avid fisherman, devoted family man and Ohio State Buckeye fan. Mike's Twitter
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