How to Join Picture Frames

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Group framed pictures for dramatic effect.
Group framed pictures for dramatic effect. (Image: off white templates image by leafy from Fotolia.com)

Whether you want to place them on a table or hang them on the wall, grouping framed pictures as one unit, can add a special touch to your home decor. Similar frames or frames that work well together, give you a variety of options which enable you to expand your creatively throughout your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Frames
  • Small hinges
  • Rigid backer board
  • Masking tape

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Table-stand Grouping

Select two or three frames of the same wood molding. For joining two together, use identical frames. For joining three together, choose either three of the same or one which is larger to be the middle frame. Lay them beside each other to see if you like the effect.

Put two frames together back to back, and mark the hinge placement. The placement must be the same distance from the bottom edges of each frame to ensure that the grouped pictures stand securely on the table top.

Attach two small hinges to the connecting sides of the frames. Put the pivot of the hinges at the front edge just far enough forward to allow the flat portion to lie tight against the frames. Pre-drill the holes for the screws to prevent splitting the wood.

Use a piano hinge if you prefer to have minimal exposure of the hinges. The pivot must be flush with the front of the frame to work properly.

Use decorative hinges if the wood molding is wide enough and flat enough for the hinges to be attached to the front. Attach them with the pivot just off the side edge of each one so there is a space between the frames the width of the pivot.

Use more than two hinges for larger frames. Hinges equally spaced 3 to 4 inches apart should be adequate.

Wall-hanging Collage

Lay multiple frames together in a pattern creating a square or rectangle appropriate for the size of the space you want to fill. Adjust sizes and placement to create a decorative arrangement. If you have specific pictures in mind, have them in the frames all ready, to see what arrangement works best for these pictures.

Measure the exact size of backer board for the grouping. Frames may be placed tightly together or have spaces between them which enhance the layout. The measurement should be taken of the actual layout including the spacing. The edges will normally be flush with the edges of the collage.

Trace around the outer edges of each frame on the front of the board, exactly where they are to be placed.

Tape one frame to the backer board, where it is to be attached, and pre-drill holes for screws from the back of the board into the back of the frame. Screw the frame to the backer board. Repeat with each frame. Save time by having the pictures all ready in the frames. You can always unscrew them at a later date to change the picture if you want.

Attach a hanging wire to the back, hang it up and step back and enjoy the results.

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