Step-By-Step Guide For Creating Collages and Other Unique
So you want to make a collage or perhaps you are interested in
creating a unique shadow box to hold your valuable photographs
and memorabilia. No problem! Whether you want to create lasting
memories using cheap picture frames, discount picture frames or
even wholesale picture frames, here are some pointers for
creating lasting memories right the first time every time.
Collage Picture Frames
Collage picture frames are useful for creating lasting
memories of a moment in time. Whether you want to create a
lasting imprint of your wedding day, vacation or graduation,
collages are the best way to go. Here are some steps to follow to
make sure you create a collage you are pleased with:
- Decide where you want your collage. Make sure you measure
the space you have available for your frame. You don't want to
buy a frame that is too small or large for the space.
- Select the photographs you want to use for your collage.
Remember they should vary in size and shape.
- Review the types of collage picture frames available. Look
for one that allows one or two large photographs and several
small ones. Alternatively you may select a collage with three
or four cutouts of equal size and shape.
- Lay out your pictures according to size. Measure them
against the frame you have available. Crop any pictures you
need to so they fit correctly in the frame.
- Now measure the wall space to decide where exactly you want
your collage. Measure the corners of the frame from the ends of
the wall so you can line up your frame evenly.
- If using a lighter frame, nail wall hooks into the wall
based on your measurements. If hanging a heavy frame, use nails
to hang your frame.
Remember when making a collage the texture, color and feel of
the background paint are just as important as the picture itself.
You might consider painting the wall you plan to hang your
collage on. Alternatively you may select a frame color and style
that matches the current wall surface.
Shadow Box Tips
The most important consideration when setting up a shadow box
is deciding the right frame to complement the items you plan to
frame. Shadow boxes come in a couple of different varieties. Some
have shallow frames. These are usually good for displaying coin
collections or award ribbons. Most of these are only up to 1/2
Traditional shadow boxes are about 4 inches deep. You can
place virtually any item in these boxes. They help set off the
object inside creating a more intense and three-dimensional
image. When setting your image in a shadow box, you should use
double sided tape or glue to keep the object in its place. If you
plan to place a heavy object in a shadow box, you can use a
substance called epoxy or caulking. Usually if you do this you
will have to let the object dry for several hours.
Occasionally you may be able to sew the object you want to
display into the back of your shadow box. This is the case with a
baseball for example. You can also buy some Velcro to attach soft
articles to your shadow box. Remember shadow boxes are often used
for hanging or displaying objects other than pictures. You can
still put your favorite photos in them with a little double-sided
tape. Wedding and baby memorabilia look amazing arranged in these
multi purpose boxes.
As with any picture frame, you should take time to measure the
items you want to display. This will help you decide the right
style and size of shadow box. If you want to display thick
objects be sure you get a traditional style box rather than a
shallow one. As with any decorating, be sure you have your
picture framing supplies handy before mounting any pictures.
You don't have to hang shadow boxes for them to look great.
Most shadow boxes rest easily on a nightstand, in a display case
or on a hutch or available counter. Consider buying one or two
shadow boxes to complement other decorative pieces in your home
like digital picture frames or magnetic picture frames. The
biggest mistake people make is trying to cram too many objects in
their displays. When it comes to making a shadow box, less is
About The Author:
Antigone Arthur is a successful freelance writer with 10 years of
professional experience providing consumers with informative
articles on such topics as picture frames,
picture framing supplies, and
wholesale picture frames.
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