Why pay a professional custom picture framer when you can do it yourself?

It is not always wise to attempt to frame your own pictures but learning how to make picture frames can be fun and rewarding. When you have a valuable artwork or an awkward size picture or object to frame it makes sense to consult with a trained picture framer, but when you just want to quickly make a frame for a gift or to decorate around the home, you can attempt to make a frame yourself.

With all the lifestyle television shows on home improvement and a decline in consumer confidence in the building and construction industry it makes sense for many people to do home improvements by themselves. Picture framing is no exception.

Why not try to frame your photos and keepsakes? But is a little knowledge of the technical aspects combined with the eye for creativity is enough to make a great frame on your own?

Why are people turning to do-it-yourself picture framing?

Having beautifully crafted picture frames adorning your family photographs is something everyone desires but given the high labor and material costs not everyone can afford to go down this path. Getting your pictures framed can be an expensive exercise. Educated and wealthy individuals have always understood the value of the fine craftsmanship that goes into hand-making picture frames. They will always choose to have their pictures professionally framed unless they just want to have some fun framing them as a hobby.

Many framers themselves do not have a lot of experience or expertise in construction or manufacturing frames because they are either self-taught or just buy a lot of their products already cut to size. Then they just assemble the photograph or picture into the frame and sell it for a profit.

As a result, people are finding that their framing jobs are not being completed to their satisfaction. Sometimes they even have to pay someone else to change one or more aspects of their finished frames so that they meet their desires.

Unless you are going to choose a framer who has a great reputation and is a qualified you would be better off finding out how to make frames at home.

You do not have to rely and pay someone to frame your pictures. Why not try to do it yourself?

You can enhance your pictures using colored matting, fillets, liners and a variety of frames. You can purchase a lot of what you need online or at your local hardware store. Some picture framing shops sell components and all you need to make frames.

To get started you can learn a few techniques by taking a frame making class, reading a few books and watching instructional videos.

Amazon has some great books on how to frame pictures. You can even get them as e-books for your Kindle or iPad.

YouTube has some picture framing videos but you are usually better to get a specific instructional home study course for making frames at home. Many of the freely available content doesn’t show you the finer details and some of the content on the web is now outdated.

One of the initial expenses when you get started is the equipment required to make frames. It is always better to spend a little more and get some quality functional tools rather than cheap framing equipment that doesn’t work well. The two most important tools to consider are a mitering saw and a mat board cutter. Searching for framing equipment reviews is one way to research the tools that are available.

If you just want to try framing at home without buying any equipment you can purchase your frames via a “chop service”. Mat boards can also be purchased on the Internet in full sheets and cut to size. This does remove some of the fun of cutting your own materials but it does ensure you will achieve professional results.

There are inexpensive ways to frame pictures without having to pay skilled tradespeople like buying second-hand frames and refurbishing them to suit your decor. You can also buy new frames from dollar stores and remove the pictures and then insert your own.

Nothing beats the feeling of satisfaction you get when you see your pictures hanging up at home.

The best option is choosing a professional to frame your pictures but when you prefer to do it yourself you can achieve good results if you learn how to frame properly and then practice until you become proficient.

You do not have to spend a great deal of money to have your pictures framed. You have the capability to do it yourself. With some instructions and a little bit of work, anyone can turn photos into their own framed masterpieces.