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How to Make a DIY Large Frame for Artwork

I’ve been working on a bedroom makeover since we had our floors redone, and I wanted a piece of black and white abstract large scale art with a wood frame for behind our TV. I know that seems odd, to paint something just to have it partially covered up, but the area behind the TV looks so bare with just a blank wall behind it, but I needed to make a large frame for artwork inexpensively. This simple solution for a DIY large frame for artwork is a great way to get that floating frame look with the kind of oak or pine boards you use for board and batten. It doesn’t even need a miter joint though I did use a miter box to make the cuts to keep them straight.

black and white abstract art painted by Jennifer Rizzo

I painted this larger piece of black and white abstract art. Large,custom wood frames are really expensive. I had seen several creative ways to build a frame around a canvas, and decided to try it myself. I used the 3/4 inch pine slats from the home improvement store that were about 60 cents a linear foot. You can use whatever width of wood works for your canvas and frame any size artwork this way. I had about 16 feet of pine slats left from another project including waste for the inexpensive framing idea. To see  a DIY wood frame on pretty abstract art with a chunkier frame,and slightly different technique, you can see this tutorial from Jen at City Farmhouse.

This DIY framing technique doesn’t use any screws, nails or staples so while it’s not as sturdy as other methods it makes it for an easy DIY with minimal materials and hands-on experience

Wood slats for framing

Before adding the DIY picture frame to your art, add your hanging hardware such as a sawtooth hanger or d-rings or hooks first.

I cut them to size around the perimeter edge of my canvas,making the top pieces longer, so they overlapped the shorter sides to make a clean corner instead of cutting miter cut to create the large picture frame.

Stain pine slats to make an inexpensive picture frame.

I stained them with English Walnut stain on both sides and let dry. They can also be left natural and sealed with a polyacrylic.

Stained wood slats for gluing to make an inexpensive picture frame

Once they were totally dry, and the stain smell was gone, I glued them directly onto the DIY frame.

Join corner together with hot glue to make an inexpensive canvas frame

You can see in this DIY project how the longer pieces meet up with the shorter side pieces to make the corner.

Gluing backside of wood frame

I glued them to the edge of the canvas with hot glue, and then to each other with wood glue, wiping off excess glue. Once I had them all glued together, I carefully flipped it over and ran a bead of hot glue down the backside where the canvas met the wood. I love how the stained,dark wood makes it looks so finished,and the total was less than $12! You can also use this technique to wrap large art prints around canvas or even posters. It’s a great way to create inexpensive wall decor.

I can’t wait to show you how it looks in the room!

Abstract art in large frame with pine slats. Really inexpensive option to frame large art!

For more DIY art ideas. Check out this post on using botanical prints, or  this Thanksgiving printable,

or this wood slice art.






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