I always want to fill blank walls. Since I left college I told myself I wouldn’t hang posters anymore (unless maybe it was a really cool framed poster that I absolutely loved- I make exceptions, okay?). But the problem is- it is not always easy to find affordable art. I had to get creative for this one.
A few months ago I was in Dallas. My mom and I were in the art district and we wandered into Ginger Fox Gallery. We were both immediately drawn to some prints by the artist. We both fell in love. They had the perfect balance of whimsy and color that was just my style. The problem was- the price didn’t fit my budget. So my mom did end up buying two prints for herself. I instead bought the $19 pack of notecards that had several of the prints I loved on them.
When I got them, my mom told me that they would be even more expensive to frame. Well, little did she know I had this idea up my sleeve.
What you will need:
- Notecard/stationary sized prints of your desired art
- Cardstock paper
- Frames in your desired size (8.5×11 is the easiest because you don’t have to cut the paper)
- Craft glue or mounting squares
Michael’s sells four packs of 8.5×11 frames for $20, which is a pretty reasonable price. I decided to get my frames there. An even more affordable option would be to get frames from a thrift store. You could paint them the same color if you wanted. I wanted a more streamlined look with all the frames the same size and shape- so I went with the Michael’s frames.
The pack of notecards I got came with 10 cards but I only got 4 frames, so I picked out my four favorites and centered them on four sheets of card stock paper.
What you will do:
- Center the prints on the card stock paper
- Use a craft glue or mounting squares to attach the prints to the card stock paper, using a tool with a right angle if necessary
- Put the print on the card stock paper in the frame and hang!
Using acid free craft glue I attached the notecards to the card stock paper. I used my portable cutting board to make sure they were lined up at correct angles, but anything with a right angle will work.
After the prints were attached to the card stock paper and placed into the frames, all I had to do was hang them, which was easy enough.
The whole project only cost $28. For four framed pieces of art- that is a reasonable price!
What creative methods do you use to make your artwork more affordable? Let me know!