5 Components of a Frame You Should Know About Before Making a DIY Frame

Enough can never be said about the things you can do to beautify your interiors- be it your home or your workplace. The ideas are as many as the grains of sand. However, one of the most amazing ways to deck up the house is via photographs. Photos, after all, have their own little way of touching everyone’s hearts, stirring up emotions- nostalgic, happy, tearful, and wistful. I think this very kaleidoscope of emotions is what adds that extra amount of beauty that helps make a house a home.

Speaking of beauty, what better way to sweeten the whole thing by framing your picture with your own handmade frames? DIY projects are without doubt, not only cheaper, but also a great way to hone new skills or involve children in something creative and self-reliant. Moreover, making your own photo frames is a pretty simple task, and the whole prospect of having your very own frame- the fruit of your hard-work- adorning the walls of your home, gives a sense of pride and joy that cannot really be explained, only felt. Plus, they can be made from materials present in your everyday life- metal, plastic, wood, clay, tiles etc. However, before you jump onto the DIY bandwagon, and unleash the professional framer within you, let’s have a simple breakdown of the things that make a photo frame-

The actual frame

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The first and the most basic component of the frame as a whole, is the frame in its most basic form. Just the rectangle structure, minus all other elements. This is conventionally made of metal or wood. However, before the frame is a frame, it is actually a piece of moulding (this is not your home improvement moulding). This piece comes with a grove like space in the centre, where all other elements are going to be fit in. You can choose the material as per the look you intend to achieve- metal for a bolder, edgier and more artsy, modern look; also ideal for grey scale photos, or wood, for a vintage, classic, warm and homely look.


You know that glass beneath which lies your photo? Yeah, that’s called glazing. Ideally, this is made of glass or acrylic. The main purpose of glazing is to shield the photo or artwork from dust, moisture, damage, decomposition and temperature changes. Glazing sheets are available in varieties ranging from anti-glare treated to UV-reducing. Needless to say, the price of glazing is directly proportional to the quality.

Matt board

You know, how after a number of years, photos in an album get stuck to the plastic that cover them and they just refuse to come out without tearing or smudging? Matt board is there to prevent just that. Placed between the glazing and the photo, a matt board ensures that no matter how many years pass by, the photo does not get stuck and ruined. In addition, the matt board also does an amazing job at highlighting the photo/artwork.

Mounting board

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Now that you’re done with the frame, the glazing and the matt board, the difficult and visible part of the frame-making process can be considered as finished. What come next are the things that go behind the frame. Mounting board, also called the backing board, is used to mount the picture. It’s the board to which the work is attached. Usually, cardboards or wood-based materials were used to mount the photo, but these materials gained notoriety to ruin the photo. However, thanks to product innovations, now it has become easy to find an acid-free board or a self-adhesive board which are known to easily survive well past 20 to 25 years.

The protective paper

The last component of the frame is the protective paper. This is basically a lint-free paper that is stuck to the outside of the frame. It prevents dust from entering through the back of the frame, as a result protecting the entire unit from humidity or temperature changes.

Making a frame can be considered as a creative process. Thus, there is no hard and fast rule to follow. DIY projects, in general are all about trial and error. All in all, just remember, it shouldn’t stress you out; it should be a fun process, full of enriching experiences that you can cherish for the rest of your life.

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Ronald Allen is a very creative person and is working as a designer in a Photo Frame company. He says that for Corporate Framing, the entire look of the frame is kept professional, the theme, the color and even the board.