Published on January 21st, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Erikslund Frame Hack

Materials: Erikslund Ikea Frames, flathead screwdriver, staple gun, staples, photos, photo save adhesive

Description: I purchased 3 of these frames a couple of years ago when they were on sale for 6,90 Euro in Germany. I always envisioned swapping out the photos, but was disappointed when I got home and realized that it wasn’t meant for that. So in the closet they went until I pulled them out a couple of days ago.

We’ve been traveling a lot lately and I wanted a way to display my own photography. Time to dust off the Erikslund frames.

First I resized the photos I wanted to 7.5″ x 7.5 inches and printed it out on photo paper.

Using a flathead screwdriver, I pried off the staples on the back of the frame.

Using photo safe adhesive, I carefully aligned my photos. I chose to print them larger than the original images because I wanted them to bleed past the squares when you look at the frames (does that make sense?).

Next I restapled the backing onto the frame. Now some of my favorite shots are displayed properly.

~ Jessica Summers, Illesheim, Germany

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12 Responses to Erikslund Frame Hack

  1. Alice says:

    Question for you: is that a ‘matte’ around the three pictures when you took it apart? Or is the back of the glass painted? I’d like to use the frame for one long picture, not three. Could that work? Thank you!!

  2. Melis says:

    heh, awesome! Here I thought I was just being creative. When all along, People were already doing this! I want to step it up a notch and add some color behind the photos which will in turn cover the already used art in the frame. Just gotta think what to use…

  3. Anonymous says:

    i like the hack – will try it myself! Thx 4 posting!

  4. Anonymous says:

    That’s not a hack! Come on!

  5. Anonymous says:

    for people confused…the original product is NOT a normal picture frame. It is a shadow box frame with art ALREADY in it and is sealed up. It is not designed to act like a normal picture frame. So the hack is how to open up the product and install your own art.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I don’t get it either, you hacked a picture frame into a picture frame???

  7. Anonymous says:

    Is there any familiar frame with less work?

  8. Lillis says:

    Sorry, the page sat in my browser for some hours and I did’n reload before posting a comment…

  9. Lillis says:

    Maybe the Erikslund is not made for easy swapping of the photos inside. It’s not a frame in that sense, rather framed art ready to hang on the wall.

    I love the new photos, beautiful!

  10. prue says:

    I also bought the Erikslund intending to swap the photos (and paint the frame beforehand).

    When I wanted to attack my project, I found the back was stapled against the frame. Okay, no big deal – a screwdriver and a bit of force, problem solved.

    The real difficulty arose when I wanted to take out the glass to paint the frame and found that it had been hotglued to the frame…..

    Okay, hot glue can be melted – in an oven – but consider the length of the frame and the depth of my oven… see? Problem!

    So in the end I left the oven door half open, the frame resting on the door (or it would have fallen out), the door resting on something else (or it would have swung open completely). I then took out the frame, scraped away all now-liquid hot glue, turned round the frame and stuck it back into the oven the other way round to remove the glue from the other side.

    Then I painted it, reglued the glass to the frame, fiddled around with the size of my photos, put them in and re-assembled everything.

    As this definitely wasn’t meant to be opened, let alone painted, it clearly felt like a hack…. (but I admit this was mostly due to having to remove the glass)

  11. dizzy_izzy says:

    Nice! I did something similar with these frames as well. I guess I didnt realize it was a hack till now! haha

  12. Anonymous says:

    I don’t get it… how is this different from the original??

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