Hanging pictures without frames

November 1, 2011

Phew! I'm so glad Halloween is over. It was so fun, but it took a lot out of me. I haven't posted in a while, and it's because I've been so busy prepping! Anyway, now that Halloween is over, we can put all the pumpkin and scary decoration posts on the backburner for a while (I'm kind of looking forward to that) and move on to normal topics.

One thing I've been focusing on lately are ideas on how to hang photos without frames (or how to use one frame for several pictures). Because, gosh darnit, frames are expensive. Even if I buy them for $4 a piece at Ikea, I have stuff hanging everywhere and I can quickly spend $50-$100 on frames for any given project. Luckily, plenty of people in the blogosphere have been getting super creative and finding way to hang art without frames. If you're stuck in the same boat as myself and need some new money-saving ideas, try these out:

Scan and shrink images

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I love the idea of scanning and shrinking your child's artwork and then hanging them all in one big poster frame.

 

Mod podge collage

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The girls at Bits of Everything used some foamboard, mod podge, and 4x6 photos to create a great wall collage.

 

Bulletin board collage

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Don't underestimate the beauty of a bulletin board collage. This image shows that even unorganized can be pretty. It's much cheaper to tack things up on some large cork boards or magnet boards than try and frame them all; plus, it gives you freedom to hang unconventional items that wouldn't fit in frames.

 

DIY magnet boards

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Speaking of magnet boards... consider making your own from old cookie sheets (scour garage sales are the thrift store for cheap ones) and spray paint!

 

Put photos on canvas

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Instead of framing your photos, consider putting them directly on a canvas. Sarah gives a great tutorial here. If you buy canvases on sale at Michael's (or with a coupon) or canvases in bulk on Amazon, they can be pretty cheap.
 

 

Use an old window

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Place a big poster (or small individual photos) behind the glass of an old window.

 

Use old wooden hangers

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I love using these vintage wooden hangers to hang art. Luckily my mom had a couple in her garage for me to use, but a girlfriend of mine also found some at the flea market.

 

Use an embroidery hoops

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Wooden embroidery hoops usually only cost a dollar or two, and once you cover them with fabric or paint, they can hang all kinds of art. Fill them with fabric, or string twine between them and hang photos.

 

See Hanging pictures without frames, part two

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