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Frame a beautiful piece of fabric as artworkFrame a beautiful piece of fabric as artwork
Frame treasured mementos such as guitar picks from a concertFrame treasured mementos such as guitar picks from a concert

Decorating walls and surfaces can sometimes feel overwhelming to the everyday decorator, but sometimes all you need is permission to expand the possibilities. Featuring artwork and photos is a traditional use of frames, but it’s not the only use. A great frame can offer many other options when you’re looking for something truly unique.

For some fresh ideas that you can either replicate or use to inspire your own projects, consider the DIY framing projects below:

Frame a piece of fabulous fabric

When you’re looking for a unique and fantastic piece of art, check the linen closet instead of your local art gallery. Fabric comes in virtually every color and pattern you can imagine. Unexpected sources for gorgeous, inexpensive fabric include: a dress or a shirt you no longer wear that has a vibrant pattern , extra pillow shams or cases, and textiles like napkins, placements, table clothes and draperies from thrift shops. Trim the fabric to size, mount it, add a mat or two, and set it into a great frame.

Use a shadow box frame to create abstract art

Here’s a new idea: create a colorful, abstract display with leftover fabrics or yarns rolled into balls. Use the leftover yarn from your knitting or socks whose mates have gone permanently missing. Roll each item neatly into a ball, arrange in a pleasing color pattern until the entire shadow box has been filled, then set the back into place to hold everything in.

Heartwarming messages on glass

The frame itself can become its own work of art when you have a permanent marker on hand. Write a word or short phrase (for example, “Love,” “Peace,” “Never Give Up,” or “Best Friends”) onto the glazing of the frame and add it to the frame. It is simple, elegant, and can also make a touching gift.

A treasured memento

So many items can be displayed inside a shadow box, from natural objects like seashells and stones to memories like a child’s outgrown mittens. Create a shadow box with extra deep frames and use spacers to keep your object from touching the acrylic. Mike gives detailed instructions on how to build your own shadow box on his blog

May 1, 2014
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