I recently created my own textured diy canvas art and wanted to make it look more finished by creating a floating frame. Whether you’ve diy-ed your own canvas or bought one without a frame, adding a floating frame to your canvas adds such a nice sleek touch that really makes the artwork all come together. Plus it’s so affordable!
There are lots of diys on Pinterest, but the one I found most helpful was this one, from Homemade by Carmona. I decided to give it a shot on my own by following her steps and was really happy with the results. Keep reading to see how I made a similar frame!
What you will need:
- Wood long enough to overlap the sides of your canvas. I used 2″ wide by 1″ thick by 6′ long pieces. (These were only a few dollars each).
- Corner braces that are narrow enough to sit at the back of the frame and not show at the front. How thick they are will determine how much of a gap you will have to make your frame appear “floating”.
- Screws. Use screws small enough so they don’t pierce through your wood. I used 1/4″ screws.
- Picture hanger/fastener.
- Sand paper.
- Paint or stain (optional).
Step one: measure and cut wood to size
To determine the size of your wood pieces, you’ll want to measure two wood strips based on the canvas height + the thickness of two braces (for each side). My braces were a little more than 1/16″ thick. The other two wood strips should equal the horizontal measurement of your canvas + the thickness of the wood twice (my 1″ pieces were actually 3/4″) + the thickness of two braces.
Before you piece it together, make sure to lay the pieces of wood around the canvas along with the braces to see if they sit nice and snug. Also make sure to sand each piece to make sure it’s nice and smooth.
Step two: attach frame to the canvas
Now you will want to screw your braces into each corner, making sure the brace sits flush along the edge of the frame and fits snug into the base of each corner.
Step three: place the canvas into the frame
Now the moment of truth! If you measured everything properly, then your canvas should just fit in nice and snug into your frame. You should not need any additional supports to hold the canvas in place or need to attach the frame directly to the canvas. My canvas was rather large (2′ x 3′) and the frame held it in quite nicely.
Don’t forget to add a hanger on the back of your frame so you can hang it on your wall!
So there you have it! An affordable and easy DIY framed canvas. Feel free to add a stain or coat of paint over your frame if you choose to do so. I just added a clear stain over mine, as I liked the natural light colour of the wood already.
So there you have it – a very affordable way to make your canvas art look so much more expensive! To see how I made this diy textured canvas artwork, check out my other blog post here.