Create a Large Framed Fine Art Print {for under $50 dollars!}

Posted on Aug 9 2013 - 7:00am by Traci


I am so excited to share this post with you! I really wish I would have taken more pictures for you guys, but you’ll see what I mean as I describe how I did this.

I have really been wanting to purchase a picture of Christ {Framed and Matted} for My husband and My Bedroom. We have a lot of smaller pictures of Christ up, but I really want to have some bigger ones, but they are crazy expensive! A 33×21 Framed Picture of Christ would cost me around0 $300 dollars. Which is not really in our budget right now. So, my husband and I started brainstorming. I decided to head over to Goodwill and a store next to it that is similar called ReStore {they are a lot like goodwill but they have more home things {doors, windows, etc.} I found a huge pile of frames and started digging. This is what I found…

IMG_3510Sweet, huh? 🙂 I really could not figure out who would hang a bunch of dancing bears in their home, my husband pointed out that it was probably in a cabin, I can see that… maybe.

Anywho! Look at that frame! Super solid, and gorgeous! Plus, it was only $4.95. Can’t beat that!! We ended up just taking the canvas photo out, and wiped the dusty frame down a bit. I actually really liked the kind of worn look, so I didn’t even have to paint it! And the dancing bears went into the trash. Which was quite disappointing for my little girl, she kept getting excited and saying, “DOG!!” 🙂

Next step was finding a print. I ended up ordering one online from Greg Olsen. I love his art work of Christ {and no, I am not being paid to say that! 🙂 } That print was the most expensive part, around $45 dollars for a 16×20 print. I really wanted a nice big one though.

So the picture arrived in the mail, and I was super stoked, it didn’t quite fit though, so I had to figure out how to make or buy a mat. My husband came up with the idea of using a poster board. We went to Target and picked up a $1 thin poster board. We measured out the size of square we needed to cut out for the picture, and used my fabric rotary cutter, and board to cut out the 16×20 print. Then we put it in the frame and just cut a piece of cardboard from the print packaging to help the picture stay in on the back.


Not too shabby, right? If you look REALLY close, the rotary cutter wasn’t great, but you can’t tell at all if you’re not being picky! I ended up spending about $50 dollars even for a 33×25 matted print of Christ. There is no glass, but that doesn’t bother me a bit. Someday I may put some glass in there, but for now, I love it, and love being able to have a beautiful photo of Christ in my bedroom, without spending a fortune.

What do you think? 🙂 Let me know if you have any questions/thoughts!?



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  3. Ann October 27, 2014 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Great idea to look for frames at thrift stores, but a shame to throw art away on the basis of not liking it. Pass it on in a yard sale for someone else to love. Your child's reaction to it was an indication of that. The one thrown away was entitled "The Bear Dance" and depicted a rather exclusive party in a forest clearing. It has also been referred to as "The Bears of Wall Street". and "The Wall Street Jubilee", A celebration of a drop in the stock market. The painting's extraordinary popularity was mostly due to an audience of children, who are delighted by the dancing bears and are free from the concerns of Wall Street. Painting was By William Holbrook Beard was born in Painesville, Ohio, April 13, 1824. Many love his work.

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