Have you wanted to add custom framed wall art to your Christmas decor, but don’t want to spend that kind of money for something that is only used one month a year? Well, I’ve come up with a solution that might solve this problem.

Step 1– Get a frame. This can be a frame you already have, or one that you purchase new or used. For me, it all started when I found this beautiful, gilded gold frame when we were in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho last month for my husband’s birthday. It was at Vintage Market and Antiques, cost $28, and I fell in love with it. Even though I didn’t know what I was going to use it for, I vowed to figure that out later, but in the meantime, it was coming home with me! Frames are also readily available at thrift shops or charity shops, or you might even have one languishing in the back of a closet, just waiting for you to breathe new life into it.

Step 2 – Get a print or picture to put in the frame. This is where sites like Etsy really shine. Because I added some nutcrackers to my Christmas decor this year, I searched for a nutcracker print that was the exact dimensions as the frame, in this case 16×20. The cost was originally $35, but there was a 20% discount, making the print $28. This is a beautiful, high-quality print on sturdy matte paper and came neatly rolled in a tube, with quick delivery. For those of you keeping track, I am now into this project for $56 plus tax. I am putting the link for the Etsy shop here in case you are interested. They are still 20% off, too. Christmas Nutcracker Poster Art Print Holiday Christmas Wall – Etsy

These bendable nails allow for easy print swapping later…
I thought $20 for dry mounting and assembly was very reasonable…

Step 3 – Put the print into the frame. This can be done at home, but in my case, I wanted to have the print dry mounted to foamcore, and installed in the frame in such a way that I can take it out after Christmas to store away and replace it with another print for the other 11 months of the year. For this, I took it to Hobby Lobby. Even though I hadn’t bought any of the components at their store, the frame shop will still do dry mounting to foamcore, and installation for a nominal fee. For the bendable side hooks to easily replace the print later, the dry mount, foamcore, and a wire hanger they charged $20. This brings the entire piece of art to $76 plus tax. Note: They will also put a paper backing dust cover on the frame for a more finished look, but since I am going to be changing the artwork out yearly, I opted out of this feature this time.

I love the cute little dog…

I cannot tell you how much I love this print. It almost glows from within, if that makes sense, and looks amazing in this ornate frame. You know it’s pretty when the three men working in the frame shop all oohed and aahed over how good it looked. I’d call that a ringing endorsement!

Once it was hung in our entryway, it was just perfect. The nutcracker is standing guard just inside the front door, welcoming all who enter during this Christmas season. Placed above the corner chair with a festive pillow and beside a vase full of holiday greenery, he looks right at home.

The good news is that once the holidays are over, I will pop out this print and store it away for next year. This will still leave me with the beautiful frame, which I will fill with another piece of artwork that matches our decor. This is a great way to really stretch your decorating budget.

A couple of side notes here. First, another great option for the picture would be to have someone like Shutterfly blow up a photo you have from a recent trip or special event. Also, I did not have them put this print under glass. I think glass would have detracted from the glow that this print has, and many pieces of art in gilded frames do not have glass, because they are oil paintings or other mediums that don’t work well under glass. And it probably goes without saying, but this frame could easily accommodate either a vertical or horizontal orientation for the print. Simply change the wire hanger on the back and you will not be locked into one direction or the other.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick tutorial on how to get double duty out of one frame purchase. I may have to think of ways to do more of this in the future, rather than buying pre-framed art that only has the longevity of one season. In the meantime, I encourage you to find similar projects that will make your home a place to love, not only during the holidays, but all year long.

Good tidings,


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