Instructions on How to Do it Yourself: Picture Framing

Picture frames protect paintings and photos from damage or fingerprints. They can be quite costly if you order frames from a professional, so to save yourself money, frame your pictures yourself. You can choose the color and size and style of frame. With the help of easy-to-use kits it can be a quick process.

Framing your own pictures is a rewarding experience.
  1. Check the length of the frame included in the kit you have purchased. If your picture requires a larger frame than what the pack includes, you may need to purchase more framing. Measure the sides of the photo or painting and cut the frame to the same size using a saw.

  2. Place the painting or photo on the back board. Cut the back board to match the size of the picture. Decide whether you want to glue the photo to the back board. Smaller photos do not need to be glued but you should glue larger photos to prevent the picture from shifting in the frame.

  3. Nail the corners of the frame together using a small hammer. Special nails come with the framing kit, so just look for them in the framing pack. If you have purchased a metal frame, use a screwdriver.

  4. Clean the glass and place it inside the frame, face down on a towel to avoid cracking the surface. Order pre-cut glass that matches the size of the frame from your local home store. If the store does not offer to cut the glass into shape, use a glass cutter to do it yourself.

  5. Mark up the frame's dimensions on the glass with a marker pen. Hold the glass cutter down firmly and cut the glass along the marked lines.

  6. Place the picture on the glass, face down. Put the backing board on the picture. Secure the backing board with glazing tacks on each side of the frame.

About the Author

Janos Gal has been writing since 2008. He wrote for the "Global Journalist" magazine in 2008 and for the "Estrella de Arica" daily in 2009. Gal has traveled extensively in Europe, South America and the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, honors, in journalism from Edinburgh Napier University.