How to Frame a Photo Mounted on Foam Core

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Foam core is a great material on which to mount photos. It is light and very easy to cut to size, and is handsome enough to serve as a background in its own right, sometimes eliminating the need for a mat.

If you want to frame a photo that has been mounted on foam board, you have a few options.

Using a conventional picture frame and glass, you can simply trim the foam board to size and insert it into the frame as usual, but eliminating the usual layers of cardboard backing provided to snug the picture firmly against the glass. The foam board will do the job. Since it is easy to cut, you can be very creative with the size and shape of frame you choose.

You can also add a mat to the front of the picture to frame it. If you do this in conjunction with a picture frame, you will need to be certain that the frame is deep enough to accommodate both the foam board and the mat board.

Foam board also makes an excellent backing if you want the picture to be in a shadow box frame. The rigid board makes it easy to mount the picture at the rear of the shadow box so that three-dimensional objects can be placed in front of it.

For an informal look, you can leave the mounted picture completely unframed and add embellishments such as braided trim or scrapbook borders directly to it.

    The only limitation is your imagination.

    Photo Mounted on Foam Core FAQ

    How do you frame a picture on foam board?

    Trim foam board down to size so that it will fit into the frame. Next, cover one side of the board with spray adhesive and place your picture on it.

    Cut off any edges. The foam board can now be attached to the wall with sticky strips or little tacks but if you want to frame it, simply remove the glass and backing cardboard from the frame and insert the foam in its place.

    How do you transfer a picture onto foam?

    You can print out a picture and glue it right onto the board but you can also transfer an image onto foam board. Print the image out on a transfer paper and then press this against the foam board.

    Using an iron on a low heat setting, gently go over the image with the iron to transfer it onto the foam.

    What kind of glue do you use on foam board?

    Many types of glue can be used on foam board. Wood glue, carpenter's glue, and paper glue will all work well, as will spray adhesive.

    How do you print on foam board at home?

    If you have a home printer it is possible to print directly onto foam board, but only when you have very thin sheets of foam to work with.

    Can you heat press on foam board?

    Vinyl, which is applied with heat, can be used on craft foam.