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Framing Art Yourself - Pros and Cons of DIY Framing

Taking on any new DIY project can often stir up feelings of uncertainty or fear. This is especially true when it comes to framing art you’ve created. You’ve invested your time, money, and creative energies into your work. Whether you’ve traveled to capture a breathtaking scene, delved into workshops to hone your skills, or dedicated months to a series for exhibition, the framing of your artwork completes it, preserves it, and sets the stage for its display and potential sale. How you approach this final step truly matters. As a working artist, maintaining high quality while keeping costs low is essential.

Pros of DIY Framing

Creative Control

Becoming proficient in DIY framing allows you to execute your vision for your art with confidence. 

Cost Savings

DIY framing is significantly more economical and gratifying than hiring a professional framer because much of the cost is labor. The savings you realize from doing your own framing allows you to stretch your budget and frame more artwork

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With hundreds of frame and mat board options available, you have full creative control of the finished piece.

Quality Control

Using premium materials with archival properties is important to arts professionals and enthusiasts alike. Taking control over the entire framing process ensures top-notch quality from start to finish. 

Quick Turnaround

When it comes to framing art, DIY is much more time efficient that outsourcing the task. With American Frame’s quick turn-around times you could place your order on Monday and have it by Friday, depending on the shipping method you choose, enabling you to meet important deadlines. 

Gaining a New Skill

Custom framing is easier than you’d imagine, and it only gets easier as you get to know the process.

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Tackling a DIY project can help you learn a new skill - assembling picture frames.

Cons of DIY Framing

Fear of Mistakes

When trying a new skill, you could be afraid of making errors during the process such as measuring wrong or choosing the incorrect materials for the project. 

How to relieve the Cons

Free Material Samples

American Frame offers free samples of all frames and mat boards, allowing you to assess the color and quality before making your purchase. Take advantage of these to ensure you are ordering the correct materials.

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Our knowledgable US-based customer service can guide you through the process.

Visual Mockup Tools

Our online frame design tool enables you to preview your artwork in different frame treatment combinations. This allows you to visualize the final result and make informed decisions.

Expert Assistance

 We have US-based customer service available by phone, email, virtual appointment or if you’re local to our Maumee, Ohio production facility, in-person appointments. Our experienced team can offer guidance and support throughout the process.



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March 26, 2024
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