Want to hang your art on a budget? This cheap and easy framing technique will work for any lightweight and thin work of art!
Step 1: Gather Materials
You will need:
When using the X ACTO knife, remember that it is very sharp and could be dangerous is used improperly. Use the cutting board for any cut made with the knife.
Step 2: Prepare Cardboard
Using a ruler and a marker, draw two squares of equal size on your cardboard. I drew mine to be 11 inch squares.
Step 3: Cut Cardboard
Using an X ACTO knife, VERY CAREFULLY cut your cardboard squares.
NOTE: Scissors will also work for this step, but an X ACTO knife will give you a more precise and clean edge.
Step 4: Prepare to Cut Inner Square
On one of the pieces of cardboard, use a ruler and a marker to mark a smaller square on the cardboard. This piece will be the front of the frame that will surround the art. I made my frame edges 1.5 inches thick on each side.
Step 5: Cut Inner Square
Using the X ACTO knife and cutting board, very carefully cut out the inner square, creating the front of the frame.
Step 6: Decorate Front of Frame
Cut pieces of the black duct tape that will fit the entire height of the frame. Wrap the tape around the edges, or if the frame is too thick for the tape, use the X ACTO knife to clean up the edges.
This step will vary depending on how you wish to decorate your frame. I chose to cover it with black duct tape to match the art going inside of the frame. You could also paint the frame or decorate it with newspaper or magazine clippings.
Step 7: Glue Frame Together
Place your artwork on the back piece of the frame (the side without the hole).
Glue the back of the front of the frame and place it on top of the artwork.
Place a large book or other heavy object on top of the frame to help the glue to stick.
Step 8: Attach Hanger
To hang your art on the wall, use pieces of the duct tape to secure the string to the back of the frame.
Step 9: Hang and Enjoy
Hang the string on the nail/thumb tack/Command hook and enjoy!