Wednesday, March 5, 2014 9:25 AM EDT
I love filling my walls with cool artwork, but I don’t like having to dish out a ton of money for frames or being tied to one look. This DIY 15-minute frame allows you to swap out the artwork whenever you please, so you’re able to keep your walls looking fresh!
- Painting stir sticks (free from a paint store or hardware store)
- Scrap piece of wood
- Metal ruler
- Utility knife or saw
- Stain or acrylic paint
- Small paint brush or rag (depending on if you’re painting or staining)
- Strong adhesive - I used contact cement since I already had it on hand
- 8 magnetic disks
- String - I used a shoe lace
STEP 1: Cut your wood a quarter of an inch wider than your artwork. I didn’t have access to a saw for this project, so to cut my paint stir sticks to size I used a utility knife and a ruler as a guide to keep my cut straight. Saw it back and forth a few times and you’ll be able to cut through the wood. Place a scrap piece of wood underneath it to protect your surface. Alternatively if you have a saw on hand, cut the wood using the saw.
STEP 2: Paint or stain your wood and allow to dry. Omit this step if you prefer the wood as is.
STEP 3: Follow the directions on your adhesive and glue a magnet to the backside of each piece of wood on both ends.
STEP 4: Cut a piece of string (I cut my string to 11-inches in length) and glue each end next to the magnets. Allow to dry.
STEP 5: Lay the piece of wood with the string attached on top of the top end of your artwork. Sandwich your art work between the wood and a magnet. The magnets will hold the artwork in place. Repeat with the other piece of wood for the bottom end of your art.
STEP 6: Hang on the wall using a nail.
- If your artwork is wider than a standard paint stick then use pieces of wood from your hardware store cut to size.