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DIY Shelf Frame

When you can’t decide between a picture frame or shelf for your wall space, consider doing a combination of both! This unique DIY helps declutter your tabletop and showcase your collections in a fun way. The wide moulding and rustic metallic façade of the Dakota shadowbox really glams up even the most dreary of spaces. See how this DIY Shelf Frame is the perfect way to blend art and function using a beautiful shadowbox as the base using our tutorial. 

DIY Shelf Frame Supplies

Supplies:

  • (2) 6” x 9” Dakota Shadowbox Frames
  • Scrap Wood
  • Acrylic paint – white, champagne gold metallic
  • Paintbrush
  • Heavy-duty adhesive, like E6000
  • Foam Core or thin scrap of wood

First, determine which way you want to hang your frames. Cut scrap pieces of wood to fit inside each frame. We chose to hang one frame vertically and one horizontally so our wood pieces for the shelves measured 3.5” x 5.5” and 3.5” x 8.375”.

Paint Shelves

Paint your scrap pieces of wood with a layer of white paint then top that with a champagne gold metallic paint. Tip: Consider using a contrasting paint color to bring in a pop of color on your wall!

Glue Shelves

We found that a small piece of foam core was needed inside the shadowbox in order to make the shelf fit flush when inside the frame. Cut and adhere this piece in place then adhere the wood shelf on top, making the end flush with the inside edge of the shadowbox. We recommend a heavy-duty adhesive, like E6000.

Hang Shelves

To hang, hammer in a sawtooth hanger on the back or Command strips made for a heavy weight since these will be shelves holding additional weight.

Frame Shelves Hung 

Fill your shelves with whatever trinkets, treasures or collections you wish!

Frame Shelves Filled

Now all your items are easily accessible in reach but aren’t taking up space in your bathroom, office, or bedroom space.

DIY Frame Shelves Styled

Consider mixing in DIY shelf frames with traditional framed art for a unique gallery wall option!

DIY Frame Shelf Final

DIY Frame Shelf Pinterest


About The Author

Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
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Choosing Standard vs Non-Glare Acrylic

When it comes to customizing your picture frames, there are a lot of options to consider. Picking the perfect frame style for your image or space is important but it's only one part of the custom framing puzzle! The glazing, or glass, you choose to finish your custom picture frame with can have a huge impact on the finished look.

Let's talk about your options! We offer frame-grade acrylic to complete your picture frames and shadow boxes. This acrylic is lightweight and offers UV protection for your photographs, art and keepsakes. It's the reason we're able to keep costs low and frames light for easy hanging!

There are two options available when selecting your frame's glazing: standard acrylic and non-glare acrylic. While both options provide the same protection and lightweight finish to your frame, there is a noticeable difference in how your images will look paired with each option.

To help you choose the right acrylic for your picture frame, we thought it would be best to put our standard acrylic and non-glare acrylic to the test side-by-side. And even we were shocked by the results.

Eclectic Gallery Wall

You might remember this eclectic gallery wall by Shelley from Crazy Wonderful. We asked her to shoot the same frames in the same spot swapping out our acrylic options.

The standard acrylic will get you a classic finish. Your photographs or art prints will stay protected behind the clear surface. Crisp and clear, you'll have yourself a stunning display. However, the reflective surface won't showcase your images the best from all angles or in all spaces.

Standard Vs Non-Glare Acrylic Side-By-Side

As you can see in these side-by-side comparisons, the standard acrylic reflects everything whereas the non-glare acrylic is reflection-free from all angles.

Now that we understand the differences between our acrylic options, which should you choose?

There's no wrong answer here. Both of our frame-grade acrylics are perfect for completing your custom frames. It just depends on two things: personal preference and where you'll be displaying your frame.

Standard Acrylic Gallery Wall Reflection

As you can see from Shelley's pictures, here gallery wall is across from windows. No matter which way the windows face, there will be a reflection in the standard acrylic. However the more direct sunlight they'll get the harsher the glare will be.

Non-glare acrylic helps to minimize those reflections. The overall finish is more matte and flat. When installed correctly, you'll have a crystal clear display without a glare. So if you're considering displaying your new custom frames across from windows, the non-glare option is a perfect choice! (Because of the material, we can only offer non-glare acrylic in picture frames and not our shadow boxes as well.)

Standard VS Non-Glare Acrylic Comparison

We hope this helped shed some light on our glazing options. For more information about our acrylic and materials, you can visit our materials page. And for any questions you might have when customizing your frames, our customer service team is here to help!


About The Author

Brittany DeMauro Headshot Brittany DeMauro is the Creative Director here at CustomPictureFrames.com. With a background in creative writing and a passion for all things DIY, you'll find her in the shop crafting content. She can always find space for a fun gallery wall and loves discovering new artists to display around her home (in custom frames, of course!) When she's not creating content for our brand, she can most likely be found binging shows on Netflix with her two cats.
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DIY Floral Photo Booth Frame

When it comes to modern parties, everyone has a cell phone in hand ready to capture beautiful selfies and group shots to post on the ‘gram. If you’re in charge of the next bridal shower, birthday bash, or Mother’s Day photo session, glam up the photo booth area with a floral frame you can DIY to fit any party vibe.  The ornate pattern of the Aurora frame is the perfect base for this DIY floral project that guests can hold and be the center of attention… literally.  Read on to discover more tips, tricks, and inspiring alternatives to make this photo booth worthy of all the likes.

Floral Photo Booth Supplies

Supplies:

This frame screams modern vintage with the intricate pattern and aged paint application making it the perfect space for floral accents.  The 1 3/8” width of this regal frame allows for some space to add accessories but you still might need a little extra surface space.

Remove Flowers

First, rack your brain for those geometry skills and create two right triangles from heavyweight cardboard. Flip your frame over and use hot glue to adhere them in two opposite corners of the frame.

Next, pop the heads and leaves off the stem set.

Create Holes

Many of these flowers will come off easily and intact but they are not always flat due to the hard centers. If yours are dimensional flowers, like these, punch a hole in the cardboard where you can insert the flowers.

Glue Flowers

Use hot glue to adhere these flowers in the holes on the cardboard. We chose 3 floral clusters in one corner and 2 on the other.

Glue Leaves

Finally, spend some time layering the leaves under the flowers to cover any of the cardboard pieces that were exposed and add some greenery to the frame.

Flower Close Up

Remember: just because you have more, doesn’t mean you have to use it all! Do what looks best to your eye, not what’s in your supply!

Floral Photo Booth Final

Tip: Don’t cover up too much of the frame on the sides to allow adequate space for guests to handle the frame with ease and not wrinkle the accessories.

Floral Photo Booth Models

Using a rectangular shaped frame allows for a photo booth that is both horizontal for two friends or vertical for single selfies.

Floral Photo Booth Prop

Optional: If your venue is outdoors of you have access to an overhead beam or rail, consider hanging this frame so guests walk up to it for photos versus holding it in their hands.

Floral Photo Booth Prop Close Up

Photo Booth Prop Closeup

Floral Photo Booth Prop Models

 

DIY Floral Photo Booth Pinterest

 


About The Author

Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
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Vertical Succulent Garden

Love the look of an indoor garden but have a black thumb? Create your own Vertical Succulents Garden to bring a little greenery indoors without the worry of killing another plant. Succulents naturally grow in dry, desert areas but when they’re of the faux variety, you can care for them in any environment. The brilliant colors and unique designs of your succulent assortment are bound to stand out inside the natural wood detailing of the Holden picture frame. The 1 ¼” moulding creates a border around this rainbow of ornamental plants making it the perfect wall accessory to liven up your office space!

Vertical Succulent Garden Supplies

Supplies:

Vertical Succulent Garden Foam

To create this DIY Vertical Succulents Garden Frame, first, use a serrated knife to cut your foam sheet to fit within your frame. Use hot glue to secure in place.

Vertical Succulent Garden Picks

Arrange your succulent plants within this framed space in your desired arrangement. If they’re colorful, consider creating an ombre rainbow effect! Insert these into the foam, using more hot glue to secure.

Vertical Succulent Garden Filled

Don’t feel like you need to cover the full space. Attach dried moss to any exposed areas to cover the foam and create a dessert oasis effect to your frame.

Vertical Succulent Garden Final

To hang, attach the sawtooth hanger to the back of the frame and display it in your office space!

Vertical Succulent Garden Closeup

Vertical Succulent Garden Final

Now when you’re stuck working the good old 9 to 5 in your cold office environment, you can look over and admire a little bit of the outdoors in your newly created vertical succulents garden.

Vertical Succulent Garden Pinterest


About The Author

Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
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How to Create an Eclectic Gallery Wall

There is just something so charming about a gallery wall. They fill a wall unlike anything else and tell a story about the people that live there. Gallery walls come in many different styles. The ones that have captivated people’s attention the most are eclectic; using varying styles of art, frames, and sizes. A curated collection of art that appears to have been carefully added to over time. Today I’m going to share with you how to create an eclectic gallery wall of your own.

Eclectic Gallery Wall

Eclectic Gallery Wall

Eclectic Gallery Wall

Gather Inspiration

Maybe you have some existing framed art that you want to include in your gallery wall, or maybe you’re starting completely from scratch. Either way, you’ll want to gather some inspiration for how you want your wall to come together. Pinterest is always a great place to start your search. Create a board with galleries that pique your interest and refer back to them when looking for art, frames, and layout ideas.

Gallery Wall Pinterest Inspiration

Try-on Session

One of my favorite ways to figure out a new look for my home is to “try it on”. Take a photo of the wall you want to add a gallery to and upload it to a photo editing website, app, or program that will allow you to layer additional photos on top. Personally, I like to use Picmonkey.com for this.

First, upload a photo of your wall to the photo editor. Next, take screenshots of art and frames that catch your eye. Refer back to your inspiration photos so you can play with different layouts. Now, layer art and frame screenshots onto the photo, adjusting size and position until you find a layout you love. This will help you visualize how the art will work together and what style of frames are best for your space.

Gallery Wall Layout 

If you want to visualize it even more (I always do), you can make paper templates to help nail down your exact frame measurements. I used wrapping paper for my templates. The backside of the wrapping paper had grids which made this even easier. Kraft paper or strips of painter's tape works too. When you’re finished with those templates save them because they’ll come in handy later!

 Gallery Wall Mock Up

Choosing Frames

Eclectic gallery walls are fun to put together because no two frames have to be identical. For the grouping in my bedroom, each of the six frames was different. To help reign in the options I repeated frame tones. Two black frames, two wood toned frames, and two metallic frames.

Eclectic Gallery Wall Frames

Picture frame moulding width is something else you will want to pay attention to. While there are no rules with this style of a gallery wall, I wanted my frames to have a similar moulding width. All of the frames I choose were a little under or over one inch wide.

Eclectic Gallery Wall Frames

And don’t be afraid to think out of the box with your framing! Instead of using a traditional frame for my large centerpiece artwork, I used a shadowbox frame. These frames are deeper with the artwork set at the back of the frame with separation from it and the acrylic at the front. I opted to forgo the acrylic and mounted my art print (which was 1/2 inch smaller than the frame) on a piece of foam board. It proved difficult to capture on camera, but the extra dimension it added is a cool effect.

Eclectic Gallery Wall Shadow Box

Choosing Mats

My favorite gallery walls have a mixture of frames with and without mats. For this grouping, the mats I used were the same color. Feel free to play around with size and style as well. For instance, this sketch below has a double mat setting it apart from the other single mat piece.

Eclectic Gallery Wall Mats

Choosing Art

Obtaining artwork has become a lot easier over the past few years. There are a ton of websites where you can download and print your own art which is a huge money saver. My favorite place to look is Etsy. For extra ease, you can even find curated groupings of artwork just for gallery walls.

As I did in repeating frame tones, I repeated the type of art I used. Neutral sketches, and painted landscapes in coordinating tones. This will still give you that eclectic feel but in a more cohesive manner.

Eclectic Gallery Wall Art

How to Hang a Gallery Wall

This is usually where people chicken out. Hanging a gallery wall sounds intimidating, and no one wants to make unwanted nail holes in their walls. There are many tips out there that can make this daunting task much simpler.

For the wall in my bedroom, I reused the paper templates I made earlier in the process. If you skipped that step just trace each frame onto gift wrapping paper or Kraft paper and cut it out. Tape your paper template into place and adjust as needed. I find it handy to have a tape measure and level on hand to ensure correct spacing at this point. Hanging your frames is going to be a breeze now!

Gallery Wall Hanging Tips

DIY Hanging Tool

There are picture hanging tools you can purchase to help get your nail holes spot on, or you can make one with scrap wood for FREE. That’s what I did. Just put a screw through the end of a scrap piece of wood and you’re good to go!

DIY Picture Hanging Tool

Hang the art from the screw, and when the art is in the correct position over the paper template just press the screw into the wall. You’ll have an indentation in the wall in the exact position for your nail. This even works for frames hung from wire.

Gallery Wall Hanging Tips

Gallery Wall Hanging Tips

All that’s left to do is level everything out and enjoy your work.

Gallery Wall Level

Eclectic Gallery Wall Final

Now that you know all the tips and tricks on how to create an eclectic gallery wall I hope you’ll give it a try!

Frame and Art Sources

Eclectic Gallery Wall Art

Frame and art sources in clockwise order:

 


About The Author

Shelley Westerman Headshot

Shelley, the blogger behind Crazy Wonderful, lives outside of Houston, TX with her husband, two children, and a dog.  She is currently working on making their builder-grade house feel like a home through DIY projects and thoughtful purchases.  Inspiring others to create a home they love is why Shelley enjoys blogging so much.  Her belief is that with a little creativity and elbow grease, you can make your home look like a million bucks without spending it.

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