You've Been Framed: How To Customize A Plain Picture Frame For Your Parent

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Whether it's for Father's Day, Mother's Day, or for a parent's birthday, it's a relatively common practice to give your parent a picture frame that surrounds a picture of you and them. But if you want to personalize this gift further – or if you just want to differentiate it from the other pictures and frames you've given them over the years – then you may want to try customizing your picture frame. So if you're looking for ideas for this customization, then here's what you need to know.

Puzzle It Out

Gluing puzzle pieces around a simple wooden frame is a good idea to make the frame pop, but if you want to make it more personal, why not try making a puzzle out of the picture? Taking the photo in the center, making a copy, then pasting it onto cardboard backing and cutting each "puzzle piece" out isn't just a good way to make sure the colors in the frame will complement those in the picture, but also adds a boost of personalization when your parent realizes exactly what that puzzle shows.

Carve With Love

If you want to personalize a wooden frame in a classy way, you may want to think about carving a small design all the way around it. Don't worry if you're a novice – you can find wood easily enough to practice on, and if your local community center doesn't have woodcarving classes, you can find step-by-step guides and tutorials easily enough on the internet. Carving a small design around the border that means something to your parent – boats or waves for a sailor, diamonds for a jeweler, flowers for a gardener – will add a touch of personalization without resorting to glitter or macaroni.

Etch Your Sketch

Opting for a glass frame instead of a wooden one can open up your options to include etching a design rather than pasting or carving. You'll need painter's tape (or stickers, or a decal – whatever will let you create the design you want), scissors, and etching cream, all of which are easy to find at your local craft store. Cut the tape into the sizes and shapes you want to stay plain (or apply the stickers and/or decal), then brush etching cream over the rest; once you've waited 15 or 20 minutes, wash the cream off, and you'll be left with a design you can personalize any way you want.

To learn more, contact a company like Picture IT Framed

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