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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.


What To Frame In A Shadow Box

You can hang more than pictures or paintings on your wall. Thanks to new framing methods, more substantial items are hung for the world, or at least your guests, to see. Shadow boxes are unique frames for 3D art. The deep-set frame acts as a “case” for something that would get shelved instead of being hung on the wall.

Baby Casts
Having a child is a memorable occasion and some parents get impressions and casts of their baby’s hands and feet made. Mounting the moulds with the birth certificate will make a great piece to put in the living area, the entrance way or even the nursery. Shadow boxes can be made deep enough to accommodate the size of the casts’.

Medals should be displayed with pride and are easy to mount in a shadow box. Specific measures for older medals should be taken to preserve them, such as glass that protects the contents from UV rays.

Shadow boxes for medals are a common framing option to bring them out of the draw (or off the shelf).

Nature pieces
Pressed flowers and leaves create a lovely scrapbook. Now they make a lovely wall hanging. Shadow boxes with a natural wood frame and matte backing bring the scrapbook off the shelf and onto the wall.

The options for this category are endless; a scrap from your grandma’s veil, an old Tiffany necklace or perhaps an Olympic medal? These can make great conversation starters if you choose to hang them in a prime location, such as the dining room or living area.

Shadow boxes are bringing items out of the drawer and into the public view. Baby casts, medals, pressed flowers and heirlooms only touch the surface of what you can “box up”. When you bring items to a framer, they will work around what you have in mind to bring a beautiful shadow box to life.



Three Types of Textiles You Can Frame

When you hear “textiles”, what comes to mind? A piece of cloth hanging on a wall in a frame? Not everyone’s first thought but it’s quite common. Hanging textiles is an out-of-the-box method for bringing some character into the home, especially if they’re made by hand or bought from a foreign country.

Silk scarves/handkerchiefs
Delicate hand printed scarves or those that have unique patterns are pieces of art in their own right. If you’re scared to wear it, why not frame it? It doesn’t belong in the drawer. They are a great conversation starter if you have several from the same designer from an older era. Have some Hermés scarves? Salvatore Ferragamo? Some random pieces you bought from a little Italian man in a back alley? Frame them.

Framing quilts are a wonderful, homely touch. These textiles have a story; Nana made it for her first grandchild. This quilt won a blue ribbon at the show. I got this from a yard sale and it turns out to be worth ten times what I paid.

A quilt makes a nice hanging for an intimate space. Nurseries for younger children and guest rooms would benefit from a hanging like this.  

The Bayeux Tapestry is framed; in a temperature controlled room and nobody can get within a meter of it but it’s framed nonetheless! Exotic tapestries picked up from overseas trips are either suspended freely on the wall (by hooks) or in a frame. Framing it will help the tapestry keep shape. Hanging it freely will make it sag slightly if the material is a heavy weave.

Show off silk scarves that you’re scared to wear because of delicacy. Brag about the quilt that won a prize! Show your guests that exotic tapestry you got from your last trip. Hanging your textiles brings character to an empty wall and will free up some storage space.