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Frameless Frames

Introduction

If you're looking for a simple way to frame a beautiful piece of art, here's a Good Thing that we often use for our set: a frameless frame. It creates a clean look. And, if you have an odd-size print that you want to hang, it's a cost-effective alternative to custom-framing.

Materials

  • Print or photograph
  • Frame diagram
  • Glass, cut to size of print or photograph
  • Foam core
  • Mat knife
  • Frame clips

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Measure your print and buy a piece of cut glass to fit it.

  2. Step 2

    Mark measurements on foam core and cut to size of print with mat knife.

  3. Step 3

    Lay print against foam core and place cut sheet of glass on top, lining up all sides.

  4. Step 4

    Place 1 frame clip at each corner to connect the glass, print, and foam core. (Clips generally come with a cord to hang your picture.)

  5. Step 5

    Download and print the frame diagram. Following the diagram and starting at bottom left corner, string cord through all 4 clips. Then thread cord over top cord and bring back down to opposite corner (creating an upside-down V). Tie knot at the end. (You can also use a plate hanger to hang a print.)

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, April 2007

Reviews (19)

  • ChelseaLoc 25 May, 2010

    Or, go to IKEA and buy the cheap ones there!!

  • karene 25 May, 2010

    This is a great way to frame images for hanging but does not protect the art from dust and possible damage by errant dusting, moisture, etc., so don't use it for valuable prints. The cords weaken over time so it isn't a long-term solution either.
    Ok for small stuff but I had a big piece framed this way and it didn't sit on the wall very well and was pretty wobbly. I finally had it custom framed.

  • karene 25 May, 2010

    This is a great way to frame images for hanging but does not protect the art from dust and possible damage by errant dusting, moisture, etc., so don't use it for valuable prints. The cords weaken over time so it isn't a long-term solution either.
    Ok for small stuff but I had a big piece framed this way and it didn't sit on the wall very well and was pretty wobbly. I finally had it custom framed.

  • roseinmiami 25 May, 2010

    This was a great idea, which I got from the framer at Pearl. I had a set of Palm tree prints in an odd size (why sell them that way??). A great alternative to custom frame or custom matting for standard frames. The whole darn thing (odd-size glass glass, backing board, clips) for 6 prints cost me less than 25 bucks. The clips and string felt a little weird, but I am happy w/ results and my guests still complement me on the set.

  • cathybland 25 May, 2010

    This is a great idea for ephemera that is not in any way valuable, but it one of the worst things you can do to art on paper.

  • AmandaDawnAmanda 8 Mar, 2009

    Sweets,
    I'm not sure if you were just using it as an example, but just in case you were wondering, "foam core," or "foam core board" is similar to poster board, but thicker, with something akin to Styrofoam between the papery outer layers. It's usually sold with or near poster board, and is slightly more expensive. Hope this helps.
    Amanda

  • Sweetsrgood 7 Mar, 2009

    Martha on some of the crafts the words used are just not understood by beginners would you please consider a type of dictionary on your site so we can understand what the terms used are. Example in this article foam core, thanks sweetsRgood

  • elskbrev 7 Mar, 2009

    With a little ingenuity, fashion your own clips from stout wire or something and follow the cording diagram to hang it.

  • Santiquebabe 6 Mar, 2009

    The clips at 123frame.net are $25. for 100 ... who needs that many, maybe someone but not me.
    I can't get the video to complete loading after the milk ad, too. I have issues with the flash player, I have to install it everytime I use it, so I don't bother much now.

  • craftdeeme 6 Mar, 2009

    I think this is for pictures that aren't in regular sizes winterbeach. I know I have something that I need framed that I can't find a frame for. This will work great for that. Happy crafting!

  • winterbeach 6 Mar, 2009

    the same frames in regular sizes (3x5, 4x6., 6x8. 8x10, 10x14 and on up...)are available at Wal Mart, JYSK, Fields, Woolco, London Drugs, Superstore, any print shop, etc. They are dirt cheap. Buy the frames for the clips if you must BUT THIS is a craft?????!!!!! What next Martha, a plastic lunch box with decals from WalMart???

  • lapatrick 6 Mar, 2009

    I am having the same problem????

  • chellewarren 6 Mar, 2009

    I found these clips called swiss poster clips on this site http://www.123frame.net/swpoclfrpiha.html I think this is what the article is speaking about.

  • superme 6 Mar, 2009

    Does anyone know where to buy the clips in the Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada?

  • rhphx 6 Mar, 2009

    I can't get the viedo to load. I get the milk commersial (sp) but nothing else. Any ideas?

  • Pablena 6 Mar, 2009

    Thanks for the info about the $ stores,

  • myola 6 Mar, 2009

    Oh yes, I agree kal55128. I have even bought some at our Canadian "$ stores"

  • hchoneycutt 6 Mar, 2009

    Not if you have fabulous prints lying around that won't fit in any conventional-sized frame, as I do. This is a great idea.

  • kal55128 6 Mar, 2009

    Or...you can just buy these at IKEA for cheaper than the cost to make them.