Framing an Awkwardly Sized Art Piece
Design | August 10th, 2016
Art is a very important part of our home decor. There is scarcely a wall in our house devoid of a framed print, photograph or painting. But more than once, we have found ourselves with oddly sized prints or even non-standard sized frames. (Thanks IKEA.) Luckily, there is a simple and budget friendly option for framing any piece of art in any size of frame.
This particular print came from this wall calendar. After cutting off the month and days from the bottom of the image, we were left with a lovely but non-standard sized print. That is where the ‘float mount’ hack comes in. While true float mounted art pieces typically stand out from the back matting a tad more, this method is a budget friendly and easily DIY’ed alternative.
How to Frame an Awkwardly Sized Art Piece
Start with a frame several inches wider than the print you want to frame or alternatively a print slightly smaller than the frame. Having negative space on each side will add to the ‘custom framed’ look of the completed piece.
Next, get a piece of poster board to use as the back matting. I chose white for this colorful print but the color preference is up to you. Just make sure it has a matte finish or it can look cheap.
Using the paper inset from the frame, trace an outline onto the poster board. This is the easiest way to measure out the mat so it will fill the frame.
Now cut it out! Err on the side of caution when cutting your poster board. Cutting it too big and trimming off excess is preferable to cutting it too small to fill the frame.
Lay out the print on top of the white backing inside the frame. While you can easily eyeball the spacing, to create a more custom look measure the edges surrounding the print so ensure they’re evenly spaced. Then very lightly mark the sides with a pencil for mounting reference.
Now it’s time to mount the print onto your backing! Tack double sided tape evenly across the back of the print and using your pencil marks as reference, flip the print over and carefully adhere it to the backing.
Give your piece another once over before placing it in the frame. If anything is askew, carefully pull up the print and remount it.
And finally place it in the frame. With minimal effort and cost you will have a ‘custom framed’ art piece for your home!
We love to use this framing method in our home and have created beautiful pieces of art from old calendars, wrapping paper, concert tickets and even magazine pages.
I hope this inspires you to add more art to your own home. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below!