Making an Art Frame with Geneva Vanderzeil

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A little while ago I made an upcycled art project but I’ve decided it needs a frame. Rather than heading to the shops to buy one, I’m making it myself. It sounds complicated but you’ll be surprised how easy it is to add a frame to a canvas.

 To make your art frame, you will need:

  • Slim timber moulding
  • Mitre box
  • Jig-saw or hand saw
  • Liquid nails
  • Wood glue
  • Painters tape
  • Wood stain or varnish


Approximate time: 1-2 hours

Difficulty: Easy

The project step by step

Step #1 – Choose some slim timber mouldings that will fit your canvas. You’ll find a range available at your local hardwood store. Use a jigsaw or hand-saw and cut four pieces to roughly the size of the frame.

Step #2 – Using a ‘mitre box’ cut the ends of your timber to a 45-degree angle. Then go all around the frame marking and cutting as you go to ensure they are the right size.

Step #3 – Glue your four pieces of timber to the canvas. Use liquid nails for the main section and wood glue for the ends of the timber.

Step #4 – For a finished look, use a clear varnish or wood stain on your frame. I’ve opted for a stain to match the décor in my studio. Be sure to protect your artwork by covering the edges in painter's tape before you apply the stain.

Step #5 – Next hang it on the wall, stand back and admire!

This was so easy and seriously affordable project. And our framed canvas looks great!

You can see the video of this project’s step-by-step here. And for more inspiration, DIY projects and styling tips, don't forget to follow our Instagram account!



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