There are lots of tutorials on the internet for how to make a frame for your TV. Some are specifically for a Frame TV and others are for building a custom frame for your existing TV. This tutorial is a little bit different because it requires no tools and very little materials. Curious? Read on!
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This is an idea I got from my friend Sheryal @our.home.on.greenleaf on instagram.
5 Steps To Making A Frame For Any TV
Here’s the steps to making a frame for your tv with no tools and less than $5 spent:
- Picture of your chosen TV Frame (I found mine on Deco Frames)
- Canva App
- Tape Measure
- Chosen Art
- PixFolio App on TV
- Google Photos
Step 1-Measure Your TV
First thing you want to do it to measure your TV screen. Take the exact width and height of the display inside of the bezel. We want the frame to fill the screen and be high quality.
Step 2-Open The Canva App
Go to the canva app on your phone or to access the desktop version go to Canva.com. Spoiler: it is so much easier on a computer.
Once in the app, go to Create A Design. Select Custom Size in the bottom left of the window.
Change the pixels to inches, then put in the measurements of your TV display and hit Create New Design.
Step 3-Choose Your Frame Upload To Canva
Now, you’ve got to decide what type of frame you would like. Simple and modern? Ornate? Wood? Painted? Metal? I knew I wanted a ornate one, maybe gold, maybe wood, so I went looking for inspiration and a clear image.
The Deco TV Frames are gorgeous and I ended up choosing this one. Save the picture to your desktop and upload it into Canva.
Click on the picture of your frame, use the bottom right corner, and pull the frame towards the corner to fill the height of the blank page and stop.
Then on the right side of the frame, use the arrow to remove some of the frame until it looks like the picture above. Duplicate the image and flip horizontally. Place the frame on the right side, completing the frame without having to stretch the frame awkwardly.
Step 4-Choose Your Art
Next choose your art. I wanted a wintery scene for Christmas time. Make sure whatever image you choose is a high resolution photo, about 300 pixels per inch.
Download the image below.
Add the art in the middle.
You can add a matte by leaving some white space around the image or stretch it to the borders to completely fill the frame. Save your image and upload to your Google Photos account.
Step 4-Add The PixFolio App To Your TV
On my fire stick, I went to the app store and downloaded the PixFolio App. This is the only thing you will have to buy. It is $3.99. Open the app and connect your Google Photos account, then select the image you made of your framed art.
There is another app called Fotoo. My app store didn’t have this app, but if you can get it on your TV, it is Free and will cost you nothing.
A WORD ABOUT BURN IN:
Burn in is where an image is left for too long on a screen and can “burn” the image to the screen and remain there permanently. To avoid this, here are somethings you can do:
1. If you have an LG, SONY, or Samsung QLED TV, you’re good. These TVs has prevention software in place so burn in isn’t a problem.
2. Never leave an image on the screen for more than 2 hours.
3. Lower your brightness to below than 50
4. Rotate the Picture out frequently (since PixFolio connects to Google Photos, it can display a slide show)
Step 5-Step Back And Admire Your “Frame TV”
I played around with the settings and brightness on my TV to mimic how the real Frame TV matches the brightness around it. My gallery wall around my TV is a bit dark because my living room doesn’t get the best sunlight, so I made my TV brightness match as best I could.
AHHH! So Pretty!
Things To Remember
Here are a few tips to help you make a frame for your tv:
- Measure your TV accurately so the image fully fits the screen to reduce blurriness.
- When choosing a picture, make sure it is a high resolution image.
- Remember the different ways to avoid burn in if you don’t have a QLED TV.
- When displaying the “frame” on your tv, try making several and display them in a slideshow.
This hack of how to make a frame for your tv may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think it’s pretty ingenious. Can you tell it’s an image and not a real frame? Is it perfect? No. But I think it is worth the effort and nicer to look at than my black box on the wall every day.
Y’all know I love bringing you budget friendly ways to make your home beautiful, and as someone who has wanted a Frame TV for months, this was too good not to share. Tag my on Instagram if you try this and be sure to pin it!
Thank you to my friend Sheryal for coming up with the idea and letting me blog about it.