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Items Worth Framing

When people value something, they either place it away in storage or have it framed and put on display. Parent’s hang their children’s paintings in the home, and art dealers have selected pieces which they choose to display in galleries. Here are some items that are worth conserving with custom framing.

Historical items

In museums, you will see books, letters and other items with historical significance in display cases. Why not do the same at home? You might not have room for a case but you can get a nice frame to fit your piece.

Heritage homes have been known to have hidden treasures in the walls. Imagine, items from a hundred years past just waiting to be found again. In 2012, The Block contestants Mike and Andrew found letters from old homeowners hidden behind a fireplace in their apartment. The letters dated from Federation Australia, all the way to World War II when members of the family were fighting overseas. Rather than put them away or donate to a museum, the brothers had them framed and hung in the living room.

Sports memorabilia

Australia’s sporting teams love signing jerseys for charity auctions. These jerseys are normally custom-framed and surrounded with action shots of the players whose signatures feature on the jersey.

Other popular sporting items frequently framed are signed cricket bats, stumps and game balls. Due to the bulkiness of three dimensional items like these, a shadow box frame is often required.

Textiles & Silks

Museums often use conservation custom framing when preparing exotic tapestries and silks for display. Why not do the same thing for your home? This same approach is taken when framing other delicate textiles such as silk scarves, quilts, ribbons and flags.

When you’re on a trip overseas, you might’ve bought some delicate items like silk scarves. Though it was a fun buy at the time, when you get home there’s either no occasion to wear it or you have worries over possible stains. Delicate or old and fragile items get framed and later displayed in high traffic areas, like the living or dining room.

unique framinf ideas

Unique Framing Ideas

Another house, another IKEA print framed in the living room. The age of Pinterest and Instagram is inspiring people to get creative with what they’re hanging on the walls. We have some unique framing options for your next art project.

Dried flowers

Sometimes flowers are too good to throw away. Pressed flowers is a hobby among many, from gardeners to interior designers. They’re delicate and require a gentle hands when framing. Flower art is well-liked for its charm and the fresh touch it brings to empty spaces.

Dried flowers require a conservation board backing or a two-way glass frame. There are plenty of DIY sites on how to frame pressed flowers, but a Custom Framer will have more experience this area.

Magazine covers

Iconic and memorable are adjectives thrown around often with magazine covers. Editors and photographers will have selected Magazine issues framed in their offices. Everyday people can do the same when theming and decorating their own home.

Framed magazine covers are a wonderful gift for family and friends. You can give the fashionista of the family a famous Vogue cover, or National Geographic’s cover of The Afghan Girl to a science or history buff.


Have you ever seen a pattern of wallpaper, liked it but thought “I can’t cover my entire wall with this.”? One option is to take several cuts and have them framed with a conservation board backing. This way you can still get your desired wallpaper (or more than one) without having to paste it on your wall.

Vintage ads

Companies still do it today and in the past, shop owners hung up poster ads everywhere for everything. The posters spruiked Vegemite, olive oil, cars, detergent and more. These ads are seen in vintage stores quite often. They’re are a great dose of nostalgia and add a “quirky” touch to wherever the owners hang them.


Individuals pick them up from their travels or from the post office to make a wish list. Either way, postcards make a great collage to hang on the wall. Travellers combine postcards and pictures that show where they went and what they did. Though scrapbooking is enjoyable, some prefer to frame large maps and tack on postcards or photographs of their trips away.