Comic Book Frame

The cheap $1 Dollar Store comic book frame hack, using a document cert frame. It was time to put my comic books on the wall in the nerd cave, displaying them as art, and getting them out of the boxes. I wanted the comic books to look stylish,  while at the same time being  budget conscious.  In comes the comic book frame hack, finding  this was cheapest way to frame comic books that I could come up with, was using the Dollar Tree – Dollar Store document certificate frames. I found a few other sites that used an IKEA photo frame hacks, the site by Youseph Tanha Dot Com was a big help,  but there are no IKEA stores around here, and my solution only costs a dollar plus some card stock!

  A killer nerd cave with some awesome  framed comic books done on the cheap!

How To Frame Comic Books:  Frame Materials –

    • * $1 Dollar Tree Black Doc Frame (local Store had black) x 75 (mine were wood /glass but they now only carry plastic faces/ plastic frames)
    • Black Card-stock Paper 8 1/2 X 11 $4.99
    • * Finishing Nails
  • * A Comic Book – in regular bag / board  

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The dollar store frames I used had a very nice glass front, along with a cardboard backer, having two nail hooks for an easy install. I took apart the document frame and hacked it to work as a comic book frame. To stop the white space that was left around the outside edge of the comic book bag/board I added black acid free card stock from hobby-lobby onto the rear side, making it look like black matting in the back of the newly created comic book frame. I left the comics in the bag/board to give the comic some extra protection, not wanting them left alone in just a frame.  ( Tools – measuring tape / bubble level /pencil)

How I did it.

1. Remove / unbend tabs on document frame backer
2. Center comic in bag/board to middle of frame
3. Lightly place black card stock over comic book
4. Reattach document frame backer
5. Hang comic book frame on wall with a finishing nail

6. Enjoy your brilliantly easy work

It was a success! The wall looks amazing! I love that  the frames were so inexpensive! A $1 document fame customized into a very nice looking comic book frame. An easy DIY  project, elegantly showing your  comic books as framed art on the wall  for less than a $1.40 each.

Its a very nice way to display comic books. Its awesome to see people taking long gazes at the wall of  framed comics talking about the ones they remember from their own childhood. I really liked the lay out that my wife suggested. She was a huge help,  mapping the the orientation / placement of nails on the wall. Her suggesting  the staggered method worked very well,  this stops the visual reference points of straight lines, so that  your eyes do not find imperfections as easily.

Update:  Another reader has posted a good tutorial mentioning my site on his own inspiration into the comic book frame wall / comic book framing fun, “How To Frame A Comic Book For Under $2.00

Update: I received a ping back post from a reader (AKA)Saibot.  He had a new baby boy on the way, and his wife got the perfect idea. Go with a super hero baby boy themed room !!  1$ Comic book frame hack to the rescue. He did a really cool comic wall, and I feel it gave the baby room turned out great with a full superhero look !! He actually used black plastic cert frames from dollar store. Site location:

Update: More links / from readers with their pics:
Talking Comics Nerdy Man Cave -(  Nice site will lots of pics  )




Comic Book Frame hack

Nerd Cave Comic Book - The Cheap $1 Dollar comic book frame hack, using a document cert frame. It was time to put my comic books on the wall in the nerd cave, displaying them as art, and getting them out of the boxes. I wanted the comic books to look stylish, while at the same time being being budget conscious. The cheapest way to frame comic books that I could come up with was using the Dollar Tree – Dollar store Document certificate frames. I found some other sites that used an IKEA photo frame, but there are no IKEA stores around here, and my solution only costs a dollar plus some card stock!

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31 Responses to Comic Book Frame

  1. Aaron September 8, 2017 at 9:12 pm #

    Do you think the frames will damage the comics if they’re pressed in the frames to long?

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  3. Bill June 30, 2016 at 5:51 pm #

    Thank you for this excellent idea.

    I bought about 10 of them to put in my children’s room. However, my wife freaked out because she said most plastic dollar tree products are toxic.

    Do you know anything about the document frame?

  4. Christian February 5, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    I did this and i loved it. Initially i was looking for black. I picked up my cardstock at meijer and it had 5 different colors i just figured I use the black until i got home and started playing with different colors and comics. 50 frames later I have a rotation and my comics, mostly Clermont Xmen, has a rotation in black purple green blue and red. I gotta admit i had so much fun matching the covers to the different colors of paper. I may have also bought some new issues to complete a color Uncanny Xmen 171 to round out my green was a pretty solid impulse buy!

    • admin March 12, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

      NICE WORK!!

  5. Richard Noonan March 11, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

    Love this idea might try it have lot’s of blank wall space and Boxes of Comic Books. What I was wondering have you ever tried to Frame Regular Paperback books? Any Suggestions along these lines? I have Paperback books that are much loved and gently read going back 40 years and more. So I want to retire them in style.

    • admin March 12, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

      To frame your books, My best suggestion is to scan the front covers of them, and print out on high gloss color paper. Cut out and adhere the scanned photos on card stock then put into the document frame, just like I did for comic book framed pieces. I know it is not a perfect solution but it would work pretty well. I have seen people do this with their comic book wish lists. However, your could go out and purchase high end window box frames, but that’s serious coinage . The scan picture cover way allows your books to be safely stored, while still having a killer book display. Also if the book covers are smaller in size than the frame you could photo shop them all to be the perfect size, centering the scanned & printed book cover. Its BOOKS ROCK! I like this !!!

  6. Tom October 15, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    I tried this but noticed the back of the frame pushing out from the extra thickness of the comic, board, and tow backings. Did this happen to you when framing your comics?

    • admin October 27, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

      I did not have this issue. Another user commented that the glass frames are no longer being sold and the plastic frames were the only ones he could find. You might want to try and see if pushing out the back tabs will make the frame set back away from comic bag and board.

      Thanks! for the post!

  7. Brian July 22, 2014 at 10:56 pm #

    What were your measurements between each hanging nail?Like across each row and downwards/upwards? I’m trying to make mine look nice, but I cannot get them as even and nice as yours. Any advice would be appreciated!

    • admin August 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

      The ninja skill was the use of a laser level 12$ Black & Decker Bullet Laser Level, BDL220S has them for 11.99$. Once the level was up I had my wife use a ruler to mark the wall with a pencil 2 in apart. For the nail holes we measured down from the top to where the nail would need to be placed at the center. Key item was the Bullet Laser Level,

  8. Ron Seitz March 29, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    That idea of yours helped alot. My only question is do the frames display gold, silver and current age comics?

    • admin April 3, 2014 at 9:14 am #

      That is correct, my comic book wall has a mash up from bronze, silver, and modern. I do not own any comics of high value, So putting them on the wall was not a real issue for me. In my mind it was better to put them on display in bags and boards, rather than having them sitting in a box down in the basement :).

  9. Mo Morris February 27, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    Love the updated hack. It looks like Dollar Tree is not selling the wooden frames online at the moment. They are selling an identical style in plastic.

    I’ve been wanting to get up the recent Lego Marvel covers with their real Marvel cover counterparts and your frame hack looks to be the way to go.


  10. Gordon Richard February 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

    I thank you so much for your “brilliantly easy” way to display comic books… I recently started to collect Super Man comics and I have a desire to own one from every decade since they were published.

    I only have 4 at the moment.

    Also the quote. To be born a gentleman is an accident; to die as one is an achievement. Is ac ode to live by… you seem like a great guy!

    Your friend,

    • admin February 25, 2014 at 10:01 pm #

      I have an affinity toward superman myself. However, I do not have very many older valued ones, I mainly have a few 1980s/90s era and some 80s #1s spin off series. Keep it up on your search, owning one from every decade. Searching and finding comics which you have been hunting down is half the fun!!

  11. Brian Houston January 6, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    This is a fantastic idea!

  12. Patrick Webb November 19, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    Looking forward to doing this with some of my collection to put in my son’s room as a Christmas present.

    Bummed when I clicked on the link and got this:

    “The item you have selected is currently Out-of-stock.”

  13. Eric Roberts September 26, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    I know this is an older post, but im glad i came across it. The wooden frames that you have listed are no longer carried by Dollar Tree. They DO have the exact same thing but in plastic… Is there any harm in doing your little frame hack using the plastic frames?

    Heres to hoping you still get updates on this page!

    • admin March 19, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

      Eric, I do not think the plastic frames would hurt the comics.(more UV protection? ). I feel that the plastic frames may even add an extra layer of UV protection, not a whole lot but some added UV protection none the less. I fell that anything under a layer of plastic gives aid to UV. The key item is that your putting your !COMICS ON THE WALL!! It is truly a head turner / and conversation piece when people are over and see the comics are displayed in an organized fashion.

  14. Joe September 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    This was a great idea. I’ve lined my cubicle with framed comics now. I just use white printer paper as the background and they look fantastic. 3D covers look really nice behind glass

    • admin February 25, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

      Joe, Great idea to line up the office cubicle with some framed comics!! I feel that putting them up in frames turns the comic book collection into conversion pieces and semi sophisticated art. Being in the IT world it also gives people a comfort level. “End users / clients think, ehh this guy is a classy nerd…he fits the bill and must know what he/she is doing. *Sorry i did not get back sooner … spambots piled my comments inbox hard! THANKS FOR THE COMMENTS!

  15. Gary January 6, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    Wow, I love when I hear great ideas! I bought twenty frames yesterday and am in the process of assembling them now. I will post a picture when complete. My Amazing Spider-man #50 signed by Stan Lee and John Romita never looked better!!

  16. Mark Pachuca January 1, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    do you frames for odd shape books.

  17. Youseph Tanha June 8, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    WOW! you found a cheaper way then then my IKEA Hack! This is really awesome. The greatest part of all is you find a website that will ship cheap frames. Something IKEA just flat out will not do. Nice Job!

    I am going to link back to your post on this from my original IKEA Post. Great Work!

    Loving your Transformers books!

    • admin June 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

      Thanks for the link back Youseph 🙂 Your site was the start of the creative consciousness that helped move my own comic book frame wall forward. My issue was the lack of an IKEA. As they say, necessity is the mother of all invention. It was pretty funny when the clerk at the dollar store gave a concerned look ?? what you doing with a cart full of document frames? Comic books I replied, showing off what you had done on your site.

      Transformers ROCK!!!

      • Youseph Tanha June 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

        G1 Trasnformers fan for life sir!

        Thats awesome. Great post. Glad to see more people showing off their comic book art.

  18. admin March 19, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    SIR!!! I checked our your comic wall display!! NICE WORK! I will add your site to my page links

  19. admin March 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    Updated / incorporated links to your site on the comic book frame hack page


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