So many crafters, painters and needleworkers have their work matted and framed and spend many dollars to do it. I sat down by myself with a mat cutter and a book, The Complete Guide to Basic Mat Cutting , and I couldn't believe how easy it was to learn and to do I stopped cutting only when I ran out of mats to cut. The main purpose behind all of this, however, is not to show you how I could cut a mat but to show you how you could do it yourself, without having a degree in math or engineering, and how you could save money in the process.
For Christmas a few years ago, I built my Dad a custom picture frame for a print he had gotten after someone in his family passed away. Dad had kept that print in a spare bedroom for a while with intentions of getting it framed but it was there for so long that I think he kind of forgot about doing anything with it. This is a semi-advanced way of making frames. This post contains affiliate links. Your picture frame size will depend on the size of the picture you are framing and the size of the mat that you want. First, you need the dimensions of the picture you are framing, the width of the mat you want around the picture, and lastly, the width of wood you want your frame pieces to be.
A picture frame is a protective and decorative edging for a picture , such as a painting or photograph. It makes displaying the work safer and easier and both sets the picture apart from its surroundings and aesthetically integrates it with them. Traditionally picture frames have been made of wood, and it remains very popular because wood frames can provide strength, be shaped in a broad range of profiles, and allow a variety of surface treatments. Other materials include metals, e. A frame surface may be of any color or texture.
By Michael Franco. What is art? Beginning woodworkers love this project, and for many others it can be a great money-saver.