Wal-Mart Frame Sizes

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  1. elemental

    elemental TPF Noob!

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    I am doing some prints for Christmas presents, and I want to put them in some inexpensive frames. The only problem is, I don't know what sizes you can get at your average big-box retailer for cheap (I'm not really looking to go custom framing on these). One of them will be a 4:5 ratio. I was going to do 8x10, but would a store like this carry bigger frames in that same aspect ratio? The other is 35mm and can't be cropped too heavily, so it's going to need to be 2:3. Are 12x18 frames easy to come by? 8x12? Unfortunately, I am going to need to get the frames after I order the prints, so I need to make this decision rather uninformed. Anyone have an idea?
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Wal-mart (and every other place) will have 4x6, 5x7 & 8x10 frames of all sorts.

    They would probably have 8x12, 11x14, 16x20 etc.
     
  3. Johnboy2978

    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Just FYI for future reference, you can get some nice frames for relatively inexpensively at americanframe.com I use them for all my framing needs and do my own matting as well.
     
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    Where do you buy mats and what would I need to begin cutting my own mats? It is something that I have thought about doing but I don't really know where to start.
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    Look on Walmart.com. - TF
     
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    rdzmzda TPF Noob!

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    must agree look at wal mart.com would simply answer that question....but as a side note....i dont know if you have a linens and things where you live....but the one where i live (and maybe whole company i dont know) is going out of business. so needless to say i bought practically every frame they had in stock haha so i ended up with like 1k worth of frames for like 200 bucks :D yay me guess what everyones getting for christmas :D
     
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    Well the stock will depend on what's at YOUR walmart.... so call your walmart. They'll probably have the standard 4x6, 8x10 etc
     
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    I get all my gift frames from wal-mart I think the average price for a 8x10 there is between $3.00-$8.00 and around the same for 5x7 I think for Easter I bought a bunch of black frame 8x10's for $5.00 each
     
  9. Johnboy2978

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    Hobby Lobby is the most reasonably priced. Michaels is okay, but more expensive. I recently framed 8 16x20" prints for my office and spent just under $100 from americanframe.com for Nielson style gallery metal frames. At Hobby Lobby, I spent about $40 on mat (which comes in 32x40" pieces), foam board, and the glass. So for under $150 I framed 8 16x20. Can't beat that. If I had taken that to a custom frame shop I would've paid that much for 1 with the same features. Look into a 42" Fletcher mat-mate I think it's called. On Ebay you should find them for under or around $150. It will cut all of your mats to size and also has a 45 degree bevel cut for the inner window. It will pay for itself the first time you use it, believe me. For glass, I always wait for a sale at Hobby Lobby and buy up all the 16x20 glass they have. It will cost $7.99 normally which isn't bad. I also have all the stuff to do stained glass which is another hobby, but if you want to cut your own, you can get a really nice pistol grip glass cutter from Mcgillswarehouse.com for under $5. Same thing cost me $35 at my stained glass dealer. You can get the morton board system which will help you insure you are cutting straight lines, but that's overkill if your just cutting glass for frames. A nice framing square from Home Depot will work as well.

    You can also buy some attachment for the mat cutte to do ovals and circles but I never got into that. It's really an easy thing to master and if you buy some scrap mat board, you can cut like a pro in a matter of minutes. Measure twice and cut once. It's only tricky if you're cutting multiple windows in the same mat like if you were framing a tryptich or something.
     
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    The Walmart here has a pretty good selection. They have pretty much everything up to 16x20 (I think), matted and unmatted. I wouldn't expect all of them to have that kind of selection though (not really sure why it's so good here - the "frames" section is huge...).
     
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    That's what I thought. I did check the website, and I could only find 8x10s max, but I could have sworn my roommate got a 16x20 for a landscape that's on our wall. Thanks for confirming.

    Also, thanks to everyone who suggested other sources. I am very open to looking around, and I have most of those places around me at home.
     
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    Michaels sells various sizes of pre-cut mats. They also sell the mat cutting machine and large sheets of mat board if you want to DIY. I went that route. It takes some patience and practice, but definitely doable and much cheaper. Don't buy a cheap cutter, though. Mine was around $100 and is still a pit of a pain to use, lol! :)
     

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