How To: Frame Your Diploma

Left: Diploma in Potomac with no mat, Right: Diploma in Providence with an off-white mat and a gold accent mat

Left: Diploma in Potomac with no mat, Right: Diploma in Providence with an off-white mat and a gold accent mat

We know how hard you worked to earn your diploma. And we want to help you get that prized piece up on the wall. Here's everything you need to know about how to frame your diploma. Welcome to "Diploma Framing 101". 


So, how does this all work? First, head to www.framebridge.com and tell us the size of your diploma (we know they're all slightly different sizes). You'll pick your frame and mat. Once you complete your order we'll send you prepaid packaging for you to safely send us your degree. Once we receive it in our studio we'll get to work custom framing it to your exact specifications. We'll ship it back to you totally ready to hang!

Why shouldn't I just choose a ready-made frame? Well, not only does our custom framing display your documents beautifully, it also preserves them for the long haul. We frame your diplomas and certificates using all acid-free materials, protective acrylic glazing, and a dust cover on the back, just as we do with everything we frame. Plus, diplomas are all slightly different sizes. Custom framing ensures a perfect fit.

Diploma in Lafayette with a navy blue mat

Diploma in Lafayette with a navy blue mat

What frame styles look smartest? While our Providence frame is a great choice for a traditional look, we find that you really can't go wrong with nearly any of our frames. Here are a few style guidelines:

Umm... I have no clue what to pick. Don't worry! If you're having trouble choosing a frame our designers can help. For free. Just select "Designer's Choice" as your frame style and our expert design team will send you their four best frame and mat recommendations for your diploma. 

How much will all of this cost? We don’t think it should cost a fortune to frame something you’re proud of. Our pricing is based on the size of the piece you're framing.... that's it. Most diplomas fall into our small (up to 9" x 12") or medium (up to 16" x 20") categories. You can expect to pay $79 for a small and $99 for a medium - nearly 75% less than a traditional framing shop. Oh, and did we mention that includes all shipping costs?

A few bonus questions.

How do I decide between a white mat and off-white mat? As always, our designers are here to help. If you're unsure of your choice write us a note in the special instructions. We'll let you know which mat color we think complements your degree best. 

Can I add a little somethin' special? Yup! Personalizing your diploma is easy. Our favorite way to add personality and depth to your framed diploma is through accent matting. The use of an accent mat to match your school’s colors adds a handsome detail to your custom piece. Choose from a variety of colors to coordinate with your alma mater. 

How do I order an accent mat? To order a frame with an accent mat simply choose "accent mat" and a designer will be in touch with you to help you pick a color. This technique is just an additional $25.

Diploma in our Providence frame with a gold accent mat

Diploma in our Providence frame with a gold accent mat

Diploma in our Providence frame with a gold accent mat

Diploma in our Providence frame with a gold accent mat


See? That wasn't so hard. Now put that knowledge to work.