How can I finish an open picture frame in the back to hold the pictur?

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  • Nan W. Nan W. on May 22, 2020

    Karen: Many times picture mats are sold with a cardboard back. You could carefully glue a ridge around the in the inset of the frame and place in the cardboard backing. Lay very flat until totally dry.

  • You can try a very thin piece if MDF.

  • Angela Angela on May 22, 2020

    If you are hanging it on the wall and the back will not be seen, try using a piece of cardboard cut to fit with picture frame tabs. Depending on how expensive you want to go and if you can see the back, you can also use a thick sheet of card stock in the color that you like, add the picture frame tabs, good to go. They do make a picture frame tab tool. Hope this helps.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on May 22, 2020

    Hello. Most times the art pieces or canvas panels are fixed in with glazing clip points that might normally use for windows. They can be triangular or sort of M shaped. In addition sometimes tiny nails or staples are used If this can be tolerated by your frame without damaging it.


    These glazing points can be purchased at art stores craft stores hardware stores or even Amazon.


    Here’s a link that might be helpful


    How to Use Glazing Points & Picture Frames : Picture Frame Crafts https://youtu.be/0Tq2MN0w7hk



  • Beth Beth on May 22, 2020

    I usually put a piece of cardboard behind the photo. If the backing shows around the photo, try adding some white or decorative paper first. You can glue the cardboard, as someone suggested, or put some tacks or small nails in the back of the frame to hold the cardboard in place.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on May 22, 2020

    What type of material is the frame made out of - metal, wood, plastic ?


    How heavy is the 'picture' you want to display in the frame: - is it a photograph, is it a thicker art canvas, etc?

    • Karen Karen on May 25, 2020

      Several frames in variety of materials and sizes

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on May 22, 2020

    A cardboard/poster board back is usually used. Picture frame push points hold everything in place.

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    • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on May 23, 2020

      I have used tape to hold backer onto the frame. They do make push point tools, but that is an extra expense - especially if you don't mount a lot of pictures. I just found this on Amazon for $10. Mechanical tools are $35, $65, and higher. I have always just used a wide flat-heat screwdriver and wiggled them into the frame.

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on May 22, 2020

    You could add cardboard if the backer is missing. Tape in place.

  • Homeroad Homeroad on May 25, 2020

    I would add a piece of thin wood to the back of the frame with small nails.