pig art. I bought the art two years ago but couldn't decide how to frame it. It's a large piece of art and having it professionally framed wasn't in the budget so I knew we had to come up with an inexpensive solution. Then I came across this post and knew we could do something similar on a larger scale. Unfortunately, I don't have a step by step for this project as we completed it late at night at HandyMan's architecture office. But hopefully, you can decipher the process from these steps:
- IKEA Ribba frame
- two sheets of 1/4" foam board (at least equal to the size of the frame)
- Utility knife
- Metal ruler
- Hot glue gun
- First, you will need to create a shadowbox effect by using foam separators to position the back of the frame away from the front plastic piece.
- Measure the inner depth of the frame. From this number, subtract the depth of the backing and the depth of the foam board (1/4"). This will give you the separator depth (call this D).
- Measure the length of the two shorter inner sides of the frame. Call this length L1. Measure the length of the two longer inner sides of the frame and subtract 1/2" from this dimension. Call this L2.
- Use your utility knife and a metal ruler to cut two strips equal to D x L1 and two strips equal to D x L2.
- Using hot glue, attach the foam strips to the inside sides of the frame.
- Measure the length and width of your art. Cut a piece of foam board equal to (Length - 1") x (Width - 1").
- Hot glue this foam board to the back of the art. This will allow the art to float.
- Measure the length and width of the backing. Cut a piece of foam board equal to this length and width.
- Take the art and hot glue it onto the centre of this large foam board.
- Place the large foam board face down on top of the foam separators.
- The backing comes with small 'pins' to hold it in place but now these won't work since you've added the separators. Use hot glue and/or tape to hold the backing in place instead.
The shadowbox effect and floating art really give dimension to the piece. It now has a grander presence and helps to fill up the blank wall.
Finally, the piggies have a home!