Let’s Frame It!
This past Valentine’s Day Ryan surprised me with a beautiful vintage Hermès scarf. After my initial FREAK OUT over the beautiful gift I started to brainstorm how I could display it. I couldn’t bare the thought of it folded up in my closet or collecting dust on my vanity, so we decided the only suitable thing would be to frame it!
Framing a vintage scarf (and one that was extra special to me) seemed daunting. How would you even go about getting it done? Would the scarf get damaged in the process? How would it lay flat in the frame and not wrinkle? Clearly I was less than confident in the process…
After much research we got in touch with our friends over at Framebridge. If you haven’t used or heard about Framebridge, I am getting ready to change your life. Framebridge is a custom framing company where you can either upload a photo or artwork (which we did here!), send it in, or just purchase art online and have it framed and sent to your home hassle free. Friends, no lie, it’s amazing!
After telling them all about our project they assured me that they could absolutely make my scarf framing dreams come true. So I boxed it up and shipped it out! A few short weeks later this MASSIVE boxed showed up at our door step and it was all I could do to not tear it open like a kid on Christmas morning.
We were both blown away by the quality and how well it was assembled! The scarf was in perfect condition and the frame only enhanced its beauty! I am so happy with the way the finished piece turned out. Honestly, besides Ryan and Lucy, it’s my favorite thing in our house.
Where to Buy a Vintage Hermès Scarf
Ryan bought this one from eBay, but he did tons of research and told me these are a few great places to find them. Do some shopping around because they can range in price!!
Etsy (my favorite!)
Framing a Scarf
For full disclosure, I partnered with Framebridge on this project and did not have to foot the bill of the scarf framing (but I did buy the scarf!). With that said, framing something like this as a DIY is not as easy as it sounds. The larger the item, the more difficult it is. There’s definitely something to having a professional framer handle the whole thing.
Option 1: Framebridge
This is the least stressful and easiest way to go. The process is probably even more involved than below and definitely takes considerable time and materials. Here’s what Framebridge does after you send them your piece:
- Iron/remove wrinkles in the scarf.
- Mount on foam board.
- Build a custom frame.
- Package and freight ship a giant box across the country so it’s not damaged.
- Cost for 32×32″ and smaller scarf is $199. A 35×35″ scarf is considered oversized and has to be custom made (ours was) for $699.
NOTE: There are 3 sizes to Hermes scarves: 17×17″, 24×24″, and 35×35″. So you can easily bring the cost down by going with a smaller size. This is something we learned after the fact!
Option 2: DIY
One method I’ve seen people use is to buy trim/moulding from Lowes or Home Depot and build a custom frame. You would also need to custom cut plexiglass or glass to fit the frame in addition to painting, mounting on a large piece of foam board, and adding mounting hardware. I have not tried this (or made Ryan try, ha!), but it is not technically out of the question.
If you’re handy or your spouse is and you decide to do it this was, PLEASE let me know and post a picture in the comments!
Option 3: Get quotes from a Framer
For the highest quality, you can check with a custom framer in your area. It may be worth doing some google searches! There’s also Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or Jo-Ann Fabric. Don’t forget to grab one of their 40% or 50% off coupons before you go!
P.S. Like I mentioned on Monday, we are now going to re-paint our dining room, so as soon as we’ve got that whole situation taken care of, I’ll show you what it really looks like hanging up in all it’s Hermès glory!
Frame gifted from Framebridge.