January 27, 2012

Elegant DIY Framed Art


It’s true I’m a huge art lover, but I’m often appalled by the price of framed art I see in stores. When I spotted these wonderful framed pieces that my friend created on a dime, I just knew I had to share them. He wanted a set of botanical prints that looked great, but didn’t break the bank. His solution? Buy a science book with lots of pretty color plates and use them to create one-of-a-kind art.


I’m sure some librarians would cringe at the thought of cutting up a beautiful book, but I can’t think of a better way to enjoy those gorgeous images than by putting them on display. My friend took these to a frame shop, but you could easily buy ready-made frames to save on cost. Even mismatched frames can be spray painted the same color to create a unified look.

I really enjoy thinking outside the usual to bring a little lovely in your home. Have you done anything lately that made you feel like a DIY rockstar? I’d love to hear about it!


  1. Framing art is the best way to improve the appearance of artwork, but many people aren’t sure whether or not they should hire a professional or do it themselves. When a particular print or painting comes pre-framed, it is easy to display as-is, but when it comes to custom work, it is common to look to the pros to get the job done.

    1. My husband and I used to go to a Frame-It-Yourself Shop in Washington, D.C. Saved money and a fun project to do together.
      They are no longer around sad to say.


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