Banana Leaf Artwork



Here is an amazing piece of paper/fiber artwork a client purchased during a recent trip to Mexico. We wanted to highlight the weave of the banana leaf that was used in this piece, so we backed it with a creamy white linen fabric that can be seen through these details, and then floated the entire piece inside a rustic raw wood frame that allowed the work to really breathe.



It’s Howdy Doody time!

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One of our clients brought in this awesome Howdy Doody puppet to have re-framed. We stitched him to a fabric backing and he is seated on a fabric covered bench. The frame was then shadowboxed with the same backing fabric, and glazed with museum glass to protect him without the glare.

Framing Mementos and Keepsakes

We can frame almost any three dimensional object here at the Frame Factory. From sports memorabilia to family keepsakes, handmade items passed through generations or newly found souvenirs, we can help preserve your memories for years to come. 


This is a great way to display keepsakes that will protect and preserve even the most delicate of pieces.

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There are many options for backing your piece that will fit your price range and look beautiful. These examples are mounted and shadowboxed with fabrics such as silks and linens. Finish your keepsake frame with museum glass and you’ll see every detail of your special object.

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If your piece doesn’t need glass we suggest mounting the piece onto fabric which, unlike paper, can be open to the air and will be easier to keep clean.

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See more examples as you continue to scroll through our Best Of. There are so many ways to frame three dimensional objects and so many options to choose from! Come on in and we can help you preserve and display yours today!

Framing Vintage Stained Glass

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We recently framed this beautiful piece of antique stained glass.

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The clients had the original pieces of wood taken off of the exterior. We then added this warm transitional grey-wash frame that looks beautiful with any decor.

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It looks amazing on the wall!

Framed Rulers Commemorate 45 Years in Business

The Frame Factory has been in operation for almost 45 years and has always been proud to be a family owned local business. When we moved our production facilities to our new Lincolnwood location, we decided to frame these rulers to commemorate our history.  Each of these five rulers was used in production at some point throughout our history and serve as reminders of each of the production facilities we’ve been at throughout the years.

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Framed Marathon Medals

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This is a design we recently created for an avid runner who has built up an impressive collection of marathon and triathlon medals from races all over the country.  Since the medals varied in both shape and ribbon color, the challenge was to find a layout and color scheme that unified the design. Our client also requested that the frame have a horizontal layout in order to fit in a particular spot in his home.

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In our design, we chose a dark navy background to allow the colors of the ribbons to stand out.  We created recessed mat openings that were used as a design element that visually balanced the varying sizes of the medals, allowed us to tuck the excess ribbons away from view, and enabled us to conceal the reinforcements required for a frame of this size and weight.  The frame is finished with museum glass to protect the colorful ribbons from fading and to display them with perfect clarity.

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Hinged Frame for Jewelry Collection



When one of our clients told us that she wanted a way to display her keepsake charm bracelets, but worried that she may want to also wear them again in the future, we were able to solve her problem by building her a custom hinged frame that allows her to easily access her collection.


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The hook closure on the side of the frame allows the display to remain stable when hung upright on a wall.

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This close-up shows the hardware that hooks the bracelets to the fabric lined interior of the frame.  They allow for easy removal of the jewelry, and are customized so that each bracelet drapes a specific way when resting in the frame.

Perfect Frame for Breathtaking Uptown Theater Photo

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We’re not exaggerating when we call this photo breathtaking.  This shot of the Uptown Theater was taken by local photographer Eric Holubow, and is incredibly vivid  when seen in person.  We wanted to make sure to design a frame layout that complimented the gorgeous architecture of the Uptown Theater, while still keeping the focus on Holubow’s amazing photo.  In the photo, you can see that the once beautifully upholstered theater chairs have grown threadbare and dusty over the years.  The dusty reddish plum of the fabric contrasts sharply with the ethereal golden glow of the ceiling.  We have over 1000 frame options, so we were able to find a frame that had the EXACT coloring and texture of the worn-down upholstery.  Our designers then chose a simple white mat accented with a slim tarnished silver fillet that plays off of the silver detailing in both the frame and antique metalwork of the theater.  The piece is finished with museum glass to give a crystal clear view of every color and detail.


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Close up of the frame and fillet finish.


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Close up of Holubow’s photo.  See the photographer’s own copy of the image, as well as more of his work –> here.

Vivid Red Frame for Whimsical Screen Print

This fun and whimsical screenprint of a smiling devil was recently brought into our shop.  The owner of the print gave our framers free reign on the design, only asking that we do something to increase the overall size of the print, and come up with a fun design.  We chose a design that let the print float atop of a gray mat, and then used a red fillet and white top mat to mimic the border of the print.  We finished it off crystal clear museum glass and a crisp and modern red frame.


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This close up of the red frame shows the striations of darker colors that add a richness and visual interest to the frame.  Our framer chose this frame because it tied in both with the colors and the textures in the ink of the print.




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Framed Arrowhead Collection

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We recently created this small custom shadowbox to frame our client’s collection of arrowheads.  We used a rough natural linen and rustic frame to accentuate the roughly carved stone.  The arrowheads appear to be floating, but were affixed using a reversal method, should our client ever decide to re-frame his collection.