10 Unconventional Ways to Frame Art
Finding the right frame for your photos or art is an essential final step in showcasing your masterpieces. While we naturally swoon over all frames gilded and colorful, we’re currently tossing aside the conventional wood and glass display for these 10 unique ways to frame your art. From sleek magnetic strips to well-crafted and minimally constructed designs—and even a few ways to DIY ‘em—these unusual framing methods put a fun and modern spin on whatever you display.
1. Dartstrip ($25): Dartstrip might be the coolest new way to hang photos. The flexible, eight foot strip of steel has a restickable adhesive backing for easy installation, can be cut to any smaller size, and comes with 16 disc magnets that hold two-dimensional artwork in place. Doesn’t the packaging blow your mind?!
2. Face Object Frames ($22): The geometric decor craze seems like it’s here to stay, so hop on board with these amazing face object frames. We love the diorama element of these clear, faceted pieces—relish a far-off memory by pairing a photo with trinkets from your overseas travels or use it as more of a decorative piece by inserting an abstract print with a duo of air plants.
3. Stiicks ($33): We may have found the ultimate way to display your prints. Hand-crafted in Chicago, Stiicks’s design is simple: center your artwork, drop the Stiicks in place, and let its embedded micro magnets do the work. Stiicks come in five different wood finishes, which means this classy and unconventional frame will work with nearly any graphic—from ‘90s-inspired prints to motivational posters and more.
4. Pant Hangers: Looking for a dirt cheap and hassle-free way to hang smaller-sized prints? Try using wooden pant hangers! The idea may seem silly at first, but once you take one look at this modern display, there’s no denying it’s a genius move. (via Apartment Therapy)
5. Woodnetic Frames ($15): We’re really digging the sleek look of these curvy wooden frames. Round magnets pin your pics to “S” and “C”-shaped stands made of real Bamboo and Walnut.
6. Fotoclips ($10): Build your own photo or print collage with Fotoclips, tiny plastic fasteners that grip to the ends of your art. But don’t just think 2D with these clear clips: each box of 110 pieces comes with 10 3D clips that allow you to attach photos at an angle. Neato!
7. Wall Sticker Frames ($25): Wall stickers are quickly becoming one of our favorite kinds of wall art, so we just couldn’t pass up these quirky sticker frames! With no nails required, it might be the easiest way to add some spunk to your walls.
8. Washi Tape Frames: Okay, this might be the easiest way to jazz up your walls! We love how colorful washi tape can add an extra special something to seemingly any surface, like 3D-printed vases, glass doors, and in this case, a gallery wall. But the fun didn’t stop there—read the full post to see three other ways to frame up without using frames. (via Brit + Co.)
9. Magnetic Photo Rope ($12): This might be our favorite way to add a ton of pictures to your wall without it being overpowered by clunky frames. Colorful, magnetic metal cables hang vertically to make the most of your space—we love how five of these look in a row!
10. Driftwood Photo Display: If your home decor is shamelessly summer camp-inspired (think Pendleton everything), then this is the unconventional frame for you. Sturdy driftwood makes a stunningly rustic frame that’s perfect for one large print or many small photos. We love how this blogger clipped her keepsakes to the frame’s twine. (via Morning Creativity)
Would you frame your art using unconventional methods? What are some unusual ways to frame art that you’ve been inspired by? Tell us in the comments below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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