Thinking Outside the Frame


Can you give me some suggestions of things to frame? Other than posters or art work?

  • T., from Los Angeles, CA



Let’s see. I guess anything can be framed, depending on your budget. Even people, which I don’t recommend, unless you like prison.

I’ll start this answer with, what NOT to frame:


As for what TO frame, maybe the way to think of this act of creation is: by framing any object, you are automatically turning it into “art.” A good way to brainstorm this task is to break the “frame-able” objects into categories, by size and proportion.


FLAT THINGS, other than posters or works of art:

  • antique maps

  • itineraries from favorite trips

  • maps from favorite trips

  • vintage postcards of waterskiing ladies in floral bathing caps

  • vintage postcards of 1950s body builders

  • pressed flowers or leaves

  • a love letter

  • a funny or sweet post-it note left one day

  • colorful postage stamps

  • a favorite recipe

  • a collage of playing cards or tarot cards


SLIGHTLY THICKER OBJECTS, requiring a deeper frame or shadow box:

  • matches and coasters, collected from restaurants

  • Playbooks

  • baby clothes (vintage, from your family, not some random new Carter’s undershirt)

  • Baby’s first shoe(s)

  • shells, collected

  • jewelry with sentimental value that’s too precious to wear (Grandfather’s pocket watch, Grandmother’s charm bracelet)

  • a special book, first edition, antique or somehow meaningful

  • a child’s favorite toy from long ago

  • lingerie

  • fishing flies


BULKY ITEMS, needing a deep frame, shadow box, or custom frame:

  • baseball hats

  • sports memorabilia (I’m not so into this, but may people are, especially sports fans, actual athletes and people who smell like teen spirit.)

  • Lego sculptures, Lego art

  • anything antique or unique-looking- old fishing reels, tools, wacky vintage hats, weird dolls (use lots of discretion) or old toys…you get the idea. And I’m getting the creeps.)

  • really any object that has some kind of meaning, that either can’t be used anymore or you want to preserve… be creative. Think outside the proverbial frame.

And please give me some ideas regarding what you have had framed for display- I’m positive there are a million strokes of brilliant creativity out there. Please share what you’ve boxed, mounted, and encased for exhibition.  My walls are too bare. We have no Important Art. I would love to do a post on what you share.


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