Today I’m going to talk about 10 unique framing ideas you may not have thought of. Everyone knows that you can frame a poster or a painting, but there are also a TON of other possibilities out there. This list may come in handy if you’re trying to come up with an extra special gift for a loved one, or if you’re simply wanting to add a one of a kind touch to your home decor.
In addition to wedding photos, there are lots of other items from that special day that can be displayed in a frame. Invitations, programs, or other printed materials can be matted and framed, possibly using the wedding theme colors. Bouquets and corsages can be dried and put into shadowbox frames. Special favors or trinkets from the wedding could be combined with photos or other items to create a beautiful collage or multi-window design. Even if you’ve had these things sitting around in boxes for years, it’s never too late to bring them out again. It could be an amazing anniversary gift!
2. Sports Paraphernalia
Jerseys are a very popular framing item. They can be stretched or folded to the size of your choice (displaying a full size jersey can become cost prohibitive) and perhaps matted using the team’s colors. Golf flags framed with a lucky golf ball, baseball cards, collector’s items, game tickets – these are all great framing ideas for a sports enthusiast. I’ve even framed hockey sticks before!
3.Antique Family Heirlooms
If you are in possession of some unique heirloom items and aren’t sure what to do with them, why not display them in a frame? It could add a distinct touch to your home as well as be a great conversation piece. Examples may include antique silverware, farming tools, coins, letters, maps, baby clothes, fans, jewelry, armed service items – whatever items are special and important to you.
What a clever idea! Some puzzles are just too awesome and were way too much work to take apart. Why not frame it? There are various methods and steps you can follow to frame the puzzle yourself at home, or you can simply slide a board underneath it and transport it to a frame shop to let them take care of it.
Often the best thing for a wall space is a mirror. Mirrors make rooms appear larger and can be hung anywhere in your home. They can be custom made to any size so a mirror could be an excellent solution for decorating dilemmas. And the great thing about mirrors? You aren’t trying to enhance any artwork so the possibilities for framing are really endless!
6. Child’s Artwork
Kids make the best artwork! They are incredibly creative and uninhibited during those early years. If one of their pieces in particular makes you smile, why not display it so you can look at it all the time? I’ve also framed artwork that my customers did themselves as children, years ago, or that was done by a parent or grandparent. It’s always a very fun way to preserve important memories.
7. Art Tiles
There are a lot of gorgeous tile makers out there. We sell several different ceramic tile lines at the gallery where I work. They make perfect presents, and are often too hard to resist picking one up for yourself. But customers ask me all the time, “What do I do with it?” I say, frame it! Once the tile is inside a frame it is much easier to securely hang on the wall where you can walk by and enjoy its beautiful craftsmanship every day.
Textiles make wonderful framing items. In addition to a needlepoint or cross stitch, other examples include lacework, woven art, batiks, tapestries, felting, and many more. Clothing items such as a sentimental tee shirt also make for fun and interesting custom framing.
Whether it’s a card with artwork on it that you love, a particularly sentimental birthday card, seasonal card, or any other type of greeting card that you would never dream of throwing away, preserving it inside of a frame might be the perfect way to appreciate it. Smaller items make nice touches to some of the less spacious, harder to fill areas in your home or office.
10. Musical Items
There are actually a LOT of music related items that work very well in frames. Sheet music, album artwork, CDs, records, concert tickets, band photos, accessories such as guitar picks, or even musical instruments themselves – these could be framed individually or combined together to make creative collages or shadowboxes.
I hope this list helps get your creative juices flowing and remember – the possibilities are endless!