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Photo by Beth Furguson
For a dramatic and unexpected effect, blow up a favorite photo to a poster-sized print, cut it into thirds and frame it across three frames. Bring a digital file to Uptown Color (1205 W. Main St., 353-2679). They will enlarge the image, then split it into three different 11x15 prints for $15.
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Wrap It Up
Create an instant splash of color and texture in any room by framing punchy wrapping paper for a lot of bang and just a few bucks. This sheet was $5 at Mongrel (2924 W. Cary St., 342-1272). Not bad for modern art.
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Photo by Beth Furgurson
Turn old keys into a truly striking display. Frame them in a shadow box with labels to commemorate the meaningful places that you've called home. 12x12 White Frame Shadowbox, $20 at Target.
Looking for more made-it-myself art?
- Sometimes the frame itself can be the masterpiece. Spray-paint yours hot pink or lime green for a major dose of happy in your space.
- Even greeting cards can become instant art. Framed en masse in a nursery, children's notecards can make an adorable display.
- Your favorite fabric can be framed or even stretched and stapled around a canvas for large-scale art on a dime.
- Substitute a shadow box full of keys with wine corks or matchbooks that you've collected from special occasions and memorable celebrations.