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!
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com