May 05, 2010

Low-Budget Framing Solutions

I love decorating.  Maybe that's obvious, but let me add to that.  I love to decorate with meaning.  And I like to do it without spending a lot.  So, I want to share some ideas today of how you can do just that on your walls.

1) Calendars.  Buying prints can be expensive.  However, my mom taught me a little trick a long time ago.  She would find a calendar featuring an artist she loved and she'd frame those pictures. 

My husband loves cycling, so we found this calendar featuring vintage photos of the famous bikes races.  I framed 4 of them and hung them in our bathroom.  It's much more tasteful than a giant picture of Lance Armstrong if you ask me.  (No offensive, Lance.  You're great.)  Plus, it has a lot of meaning to him.



2) A piece of music.  You could frame a piece of music that has meaning to you.....the first song you ever learned to play....the song that was your grandmother's favorite......the song you danced to at your wedding.  I think it could be pretty to make it look a little aged, too. 


3) Maps.  I've seen a lot of maps framed lately.  These two are from Restoration Hardware and West Elm (respectively).  How much cooler would it be to frame a map of the little town you grew up in?  (Plus it wouldn't cost over $900 like the RH one!)  I served a mission for my church in Portugal.  I would love an old map of Portugal framed on my wall.  Beautiful!


4) Memoirabilia.  Maybe you have the ticket stubs from a movie you and your husband went to while dating.  Maybe you saved some leaves that fell in the yard of your first home.  (My sister did.)  Maybe you wrote a letter to your child before he or she was born.  I think any of those things could be gorgeous when framed.

I think our homes should tell our stories.  I'd like someone to feel like they know me a bit better after they've spent a little time in my home.  Plus, I love looking around and seeing things that bring me joy, things that inspire me, and things that remind me of the blessings in my life.

That's all for today.  Do you have anything you've framed that you love?  Tell me about it!

One last thing....my hilarious sister (Leca Unplugged) has a crazy big giveaway you should check out HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

20 comments:

  1. For our 10th wedding anniversary, I put together a collage of ticket stubs from all the concerts we went to together.

    I sent it to him in Iraq and he said he kept it by his bedside the whole deployment!

    When he came home, we put it in our family room -- and still continue to add to it!

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  2. Oh, how sweet! I love your shout outs.

    I made a collage of pictures of the kids then on the mat around it, I let them draw pictures and write their names. They traced their hands and it helps me remember when they were that small. I smile every time I see it.

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  3. I LOVE the map idea. I've seen framed maps before but it never crossed my mind to personalize them. I'm thinking a grouping of where we dated and where both of us grew up. I am getting ready to paint and re-do our livingroom. Thanks so much for the fun inspiration!

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  4. I love ORIGINAL artwork, meaning it came from a PERSON, not just a store. (But really, who can afford it?) So once, I found a pair of paintings that I loved and asked a semi-artsy friend of mine if she could do something similar to their style. I bought the canvases, paint, and brushes, (which was extremely cheap) and all the payment she would accept in return was that she be able to keep the paint and brushes. HELLO!?!? Well they turned out SO amazing, I cried. Now they are the most favorite thing I have on my walls, and they are original pieces done by my very special friend.

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  5. This is totally not my idea so I can't take credit but I saw some where online where she framed pages from her favourite books. (Sorry, I can't find the link.)

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  6. This is such a great idea! I am definitely going to do this. Thank you so much for sharing your little tip.

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  7. Hi! I love this. Two ideas:
    First, I have clothes from my boys framed in shadow boxes - a home-from-the-hospital outfit from my youngest and a first-birthday shirt from my oldest. I love them!
    Second, a friend of mine has framed a letter she found that her father wrote when he was a boy. It's sweet.

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  8. Hi! I love this. Two ideas:
    First, I have clothes from my boys framed in shadow boxes - a home-from-the-hospital outfit from my youngest and a first-birthday shirt from my oldest. I love them!
    Second, a friend of mine has framed a letter she found that her father wrote when he was a boy. It's sweet.

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  9. My husband and I really love going to the movies(not so much now with kids,one day) always have;Ive saved every stub since we met and after I had a good amount I framed them in a shadow box just dumped all in its really cool looking.Im saving up more for another display or just a bigger frame.

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  10. From eBay, I've ordered a number of postcards and posters that depict knitters. I used some old frames and clustered them all on one wall.

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  11. Before my Grandma passed away she made us a really cool shadow box using some old costume jewlery of hers, and a few pieces that had been handed down to her. It was such an awesome idea, and has even more meaning to us now that she is gone!

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  12. I've framed my kid's artwork. It not only makes them feel good, but it brightens up our home.

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  13. When my grandfather past away, I inherited the opportunity to go through all of his old books. I love vintage books! Most of these are from the mid-eighteen hundereds up. One surprised us and ended up being a Map, folded up to look like a book. It is of Nova Scotia in 1865 (where my family lives). My husband and I intend to frame it and it will have so much more meaning to us both!
    He refuses to put "bought" art on our walls. He says we need to make it or it has to be photos we have taken ourselves and blown up. I have a beautiful sunset picture taken by him from the Arctic Ocean. yep. Pretty cool.

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  14. Love the music idea - my boyfriend and I have already decided on our wedding song, so I've got a while to hunt it out :D

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  15. A few other suggestions...

    Cards. I have two Tall Cow screen-printed cards in my bathroom:

    http://pennyluxe.com/2009/01/30/luxe-decorating-greeting-cards-as-art/

    Wrap. I wrote about creative uses for wrap last year, including framing:

    http://pennyluxe.com/2009/04/15/creative-uses-for-wrapping-paper-plastic-decorating-ti/

    Sorry to blog-pimp, but I have a bit of an obsession with affordable art :-)

    Also, if you are looking for cheap maps to frame, I highly suggest Cavallini. They sell sheets of bulk wrap for around $5 a pop, and they have a great selection of vintage maps (including subway maps).

    http://www.katespaperie.com/store/category/cavallini/item/E0001182/cavallini_gift_wrap_cities_maps_/

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  16. along time ago I saw some home decorating show that showed wallpapering a room with "old" maps. to age the maps they dyed them in tea and crumpled them up before spreading them out to dry.

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  17. Hey new visitor here - love love love your blog.

    I once made a hand painted frame for a woman who's husband had recently passed away....when he was dying he wrote a letter to his unborn grandson because he knew they would never meet. What a tear jerker. He loved sailing, so the frame had a sailboat on the ocean. She framed the letter and hung it in the baby's nursery.

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  18. Just found your blog, and I love it! In my second son's nursery, I bought 2 paperback copies of "A Color of His Own" which has wonderful pictures and a simple story. The pages fit perfectly in 8x10 frames. I bought 30 simple black 8x10 frames at the dollar store and framed the whole story in 4 page groupings around his room. We used to go around the room and read the story at bedtime! Cheap and cute artwork!

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  19. I recently found your blog and I LOVE reading your posts! The last paragraph in this post is so beautiful that I want to write it down and stick it somewhere that I'll see it often. I love that idea that our homes are not places to gather and collect stuff but a place to tell stories of who we are, where we've been and who we're becoming. Thank you for letting us readers share in your story!

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  20. Just found your blog today and love it, especially the playroom, I have two boys and they would have so much fun there. I also served a mission in Portugal. Keep the posts coming!

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