1. Channel your inner Macklemore
First things first. You need to find frames. Yardsales, Goodwill, “borrowing” from your grandparents… Look for picture frames that are the desired size you’re looking for. Only one in your size has Justin Beiber lyrics all over it? NOT A PROBLEM. That’s what paint is for. Thrifting frames saves you tons of money and lets you design it however you like. Pop those tags, bitch.
2. “I’m gonna gut you like a fish!” -You to your picture frame
If you’re lucky enough to have found a frame where the back can be removed with little tabs, awesome. Skip these next few steps. If your frame is larger and has already been sealed with backing paper you’ll need to dismember it. Put on a Scream mask, pull out a small knife or scissors, and get stabby. Remove the backing paper and discard.
3. Bring out your next torture device… pliers
Now that your paper backing is off, your frame most likely has nails holding things together. You’ll need to pry those nails up without removing them completely. Just bend em like I did last night with your dad.
4. Your frame should now be naked. Wipe it down. It’s oh so dirty.
After removing the backing, bending the nails up and removing the rest of the innards, you’ll want to fully wipe down the frame and glass before inserting your own photo or print. Wipe the entire piece down like it’s Leonardo DiCaprio and the cloth is your tongue.
5. Insert your print and put the pieces back together.
You can add a mat if you’d like or keep it as is. I taped mine to a piece of black paper to make the colors pop! Insert into frame, replace cardboard, and bend the nails back down with your pliers. Awwww look. Cute birds in prison.
6. Admire your work. You’re so creative/ smart/ sexy.
Chances are you saved a ton of money by refurbishing old thrifted frames. I had been looking at similar ones in this size (9×12) at stores for $40 a piece! I found these at Goodwill for $6. The prints were from ArtPopTart on Etsy. Go check out her stuff.