Frame A Comic Book For Under $2

Inspired by the Ikea Comic Book Photo Frame Hack and the Brilliantly Easy Comic Book Frame.

With a large number of signed comics that I wanted to frame and not much money to do it, I set out to find the cheapest way possible. It turns out all I needed was a bunch of $1.00 document frames from DollarTree and a $4.00 pack of black (or white) cardstock paper.

Between the frame and the acid-free bags & board, your comic book should be well protected. I recommend hanging your book in an area away from the UV rays of direct sunlight.


8.5″ x 11″ Document Frame

8.5″ x 11″ Cardstock or Paper (Black or White)

Comic Book (Bagged & Boarded)

Picture Hook




IMG_20150312_143042Step 1

Flip the frame over and remove the cardboard backing by carefully bending the metal tabs. Discard the Certificate of Achievement insert.

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IMG_20150312_143319Step 2

Center the comic book (cover side down) on the glass in the middle of the frame.







Step 3IMG_20150312_143421

Gently place a piece of cardstock or paper on top of the comic. Try not to move it too much so the comic book stays centered.

The cardstock fills in the unused space on the sides of the comic.






Step 4

Gently place the cardboard backing over the cardstock and keep it in place by bending the metal tabs back down. Make sure the picture hanger is facing the right direction, you don’t want your comic hanging upside down.






IMG_20150312_143635Step 5

You’re done! 

Using whichever picture hook you prefer, hang your comic book on the wall and enjoy!







Updated 3/12/2015: New pictures. Changed the cardstock from black to white to let the backing boards blend better. The original frames I used have been out of stock with DollarTree for awhile so I linked their replacement.


Author: Mike Favata View all posts by
Creator & curator of the Palm Beach County Grindhouse Series. Maker of pinback buttons. Owner & Editor of Morbid Movies.

8 Comments on "Frame A Comic Book For Under $2"

  1. Dan July 24, 2014 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Nice quick how-to. Crazy how I never thought of dollar store frames. Nice collection too.

  2. Shawn August 1, 2014 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    Awesome! I will be using this in about a month 🙂

  3. Rory January 2, 2015 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Those frames look great but the white boards totally ruin the whole effect.

    • Kevin Kelley January 30, 2015 at 12:49 pm - Reply

      Yeah, I don’t think I would use the white boards. It wouldn’t look vvery good and I don’t think you would need one. The comic is pretty secure.

      • mikefavata March 12, 2015 at 4:46 pm - Reply

        I agree the white boards & bags aren’t the greatest to look at, but the bag helps the comic from touching the glass and the board helps the book from warping due to Florida humidity.

        That being said, I switched from black cardstock to white and I think the book looks a lot better now even with the boards.

  4. Liza February 15, 2015 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Th is is a great idea! I’m going to do this with my Smallville comics. Thanks!

  5. Bill June 30, 2016 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    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?

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