I wanted to add a few graphic tees to my Summer Collection this year, but I’m on a really tight budget. (Who knew heart surgery was so expensive? 😯) I’m also super cheap to begin with, so I’m always on the look out to save a few pennies. Once I decided that I’d be making some of my graphics into screen prints, it was pretty much a no-brainer to make my own screen printing frames. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure buying them is totally worth it! I think Speedball is a great brand and all, but when you need 6-8 silk screens at almost $20 a pop. . .yeah, not gonna happen.
My screen isn’t perfect, but that price still looks soooooo much better right?
And luckily being the DIY-er I am, we already owned the power-tools I needed to quickly whip up a whole batch of frames. If you’ve got a saw , a drill, and a staple-gun, I highly suggest making your own. It’s super easy, and surprising quick too!
What you’ll need to make your own silk screen frames:
1x2x8 Furring Strips – 1 strip will make 2 11×13 frames
1. Cut your furring strips to the appropriate lengths. I made 11×13 and 9×11 sizes.
2. Arrange your pieces into rectangles and drill holes at the corners, through both pieces.
3. Add a bit of wood glue to the inside ends to help form a tight bond.
4. Screw the corners together tightly and allow the glue to dry.
It took us maybe an hour to make 8 new screen printing frames!
Now that you’ve got your frames ready, stop back tomorrow to learn how to stretch the silk screen fabric.