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The Easiest DIY Frames EVER – No Fancy Tools Needed

I love decorating our home with artwork, posters, and photos, but finding the right frame can be a challenge. Most frames come in standard sizes and if you want to hang something that’s an odd size you either have to make your own or get someone to do it for you. And since I’m always changing our artwork around, I end up with loads of empty frames stashed away in a cupboard. So today I’d like to share how to make the easiest DIY frames EVER!!!! Not only are they simple to do (you don’t need any fancy tools), they’re easy to store too and best of all, you can switch out your art anytime without damaging the pic.

Looking for unique ways to display art work and photos? Come see how to make the easiest DIY picture frames ever. Simple to make, customise and store, you can group them together to create a fun gallery wall or use them one their own for a statement piece. Any size, any colour and best of all you can change the picture anytime you want #DIYPictureFrame #EasyDIYFrame #FrameTutorial

What You Need For the Easiest DIY Frames

  • Magnetic tape
  • Balsa wood
  • Sharp Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Paints and decorative bits (optional)

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How to Make the Frames

Start by cutting the balsa wood into strips using a craft knife. Balsa wood is really soft and easy to cut. You can cut the strips to any length you like, just make sure they’re at least 2 cm (7/8″) wide.

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You’ll need four equal-sized strips for each frame.

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Customizing Your Frames

Use whatever you like to decorate the frames. Our décor tends to be rustic bohemian, with a bit of crazy thrown in for luck 😀 I used blackboard paint on one of the frames. That way I can write or draw on the frame if I want.

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Another frame got a lovely coat of rose gold followed by espresso. I distressed the frame lightly and then added thumbs tacks.

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And on the third, I used a stencil and some silver paint to decorate a balsa strip that had been painted brown. A few silver beads complete the look.

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The possibilities are endless. Just go with what feels right for you.

You can frame a moment. But you can´t frame life. ― Armin HoumanClick to Tweet

Once you’re happy with the look, flip the decorated balsa strips over and glue the magnetic tape all the way across. The magnetic tape I used had a sticky backing, which wasn’t sticky at all, so I glued them down.

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That’s it. Those easy DIY frames are ready. Simply align the top of your picture on one of the magnetified strips and then add a second strip on top of the first. Do the same at the bottom of the picture. To hang just tie a piece of twine around the top.

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Don’t you just love that old camera? I found the black and white print at the Graphics Fairy and grungi-fied it a little. You can download the free printable here. If you don’t have any twine then ribbon will work too………

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or leather …….

I’m always looking for a unique ways to display art work and photos? Come see how to make the easiest DIY picture frames ever. Simple to make, customise and store, you can group them together to create a fun gallery wall or use them one their own for a statement piece. Any size, any colour and best of all you can change the picture anytime you want #DIYPictureFrame #EasyDIYFrame #FrameTutorial

And since the frames don’t even take 1/2 hour to make, you can play around and be as creative as you want to be 😉

I’m always looking for a unique ways to display art work and photos? Come see how to make the easiest DIY picture frames ever. Simple to make, customise and store, you can group them together to create a fun gallery wall or use them one their own for a statement piece. Any size, any colour and best of all you can change the picture anytime you want #DIYPictureFrame #EasyDIYFrame #FrameTutorial

These DIY frames really are super easy to make and they don’t take up a lot of storage space either.

Looking for unique ways to display art work and photos? Come see how to make the easiest DIY picture frames ever. Simple to make, customise and store, you can group them together to create a fun gallery wall or use them one their own for a statement piece. Any size, any colour and best of all you can change the picture anytime you want #DIYPictureFrame #EasyDIYFrame #FrameTutorial

And when you want to frame something else, just pull the magnets apart, store the piccy somewhere safe and add another one. Easy Peasy 😉 But I would love to know what you think? How would you customize the frames to suit your decor?

If you like the idea, don’t forget to pin it for later

Looking for unique ways to display artwork and photos? Come see how to make the easiest DIY picture frames ever. Simple to make, customise and store, you can group them together to create a fun gallery wall or use them one their own for a statement piece. Any size, any colour and best of all you can change the picture anytime you want #DIYPictureFrame #EasyDIYFrame #FrameTutorial

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Until next time, hope you have a beautiful, creative week.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

 

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts, Quick & Easy Crafts

Comments

  • Posted: February 21, 2019 14:23

    Jas @ All that's Jas

    Great idea! I'm going to use it to make a frame for my daughter's scratch-off traveling map. We can't find a fitting frame and this will be just perfect! Thank you for sharing your brilliance with us, Michelle! xx
    • Posted: February 21, 2019 14:38

      acraftymix

      😘 Mwah!!!! Thank you Jas. I'm sure it will be just perfect for your daughter's map, maybe you can get your grandbabies to help decorate it for their Mum too 😉
  • Posted: February 18, 2019 07:02

    Leanna

    These are fantastic for all the various printables I make. Such a unique way to hang them. These are so beautiful for botanical prints and florals. Thank you for the tutorial. Pinning.
    • Posted: February 18, 2019 09:08

      acraftymix

      And they're so easy to make too 😉
  • Posted: February 9, 2019 07:28

    Claire

    These are great, love the magnetic strip idea. Great choice of a Modigliani painting too.
    • Posted: February 9, 2019 09:05

      acraftymix

      Wow Claire, I actually never realized how much that print looks like something Modigliani would have done. It's actually a self-portrait done by Frida Kahlo. Their styles are so similar.
  • Posted: February 5, 2019 20:56

    Joe

    What is balsa wood? I really like the idea but I am not familiar with that term
    • Posted: February 6, 2019 05:06

      acraftymix

      Hey Joe, Balsa wood is normally used to make of model airplanes because it's so lightweight. You should be able to find it in any craft or hobby shop. They normally sell them in these long, thin sheets and come in various thicknesses. For the easy frames, I used the ones that are about 0,5mm thick. Hope that helps
  • Posted: February 5, 2019 05:08

    Julia @ Vintage with Laces

    This is such a clever idea, Michelle! The frames are beautiful and so practical at the same time. Thank you for sharing this great project! 😍
    • Posted: February 5, 2019 05:34

      acraftymix

      I'm so happy you like them Julia, thank you 💞
  • Posted: February 4, 2019 20:54

    Katrin

    This is on my list now, I always wanted to make my own frame and love yours Michelle!! So easy and fun to make!
    • Posted: February 5, 2019 05:31

      acraftymix

      Glad you liked them Katrin and they are super easy to make 💞
  • Posted: February 3, 2019 23:15

    Debra

    Fantastic idea. This way the frame can be personalized to the picture. And oh so much easier than making a frame the traditional way.
    • Posted: February 4, 2019 16:23

      acraftymix

      You're so right Debra. I always struggle to get the angles to match up on a traditional frame 🙄
  • Posted: February 3, 2019 17:00

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Very clever Michelle! Love the look of these and that the art can be changed out easily. Perfect for the grandkids art work too.
    • Posted: February 4, 2019 16:21

      acraftymix

      They're the best for kids artwork. We made some for a friend of ours. Her son is 3 and it's so lovely seeing his happy little face when she puts his latest masterpiece in the frame. So special
  • Posted: February 2, 2019 14:49

    Virginia

    I absolutely love this project! Pinning.
    • Posted: February 3, 2019 12:45

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Virginia, I really appreciate that
  • Posted: February 1, 2019 15:20

    Jim

    Can you cut the wood with scissors too?
    • Posted: February 1, 2019 15:23

      acraftymix

      Hi there Jim, yes you can 😉 The edges may not be as smooth as when you cut the balsa wood with a craft knife though
  • Posted: February 1, 2019 15:19

    Karlee

    Perfect and really easy too. Love the way you hung them from a yard stick. That's a neat idea 👌
    • Posted: February 1, 2019 15:25

      acraftymix

      🤗 Thanks so much Karlee. Making the yardstick "rail" was one of those quick and easy things that worked so well. I should probably do a tutorial on it one day 🤔
      • Posted: February 1, 2019 15:26

        Karlee

        Please do I would love to know how you attached the hooks
  • Posted: January 29, 2019 13:50

    Liz Runberg

    I absolutley love these. Thanks for the wonderful idea. I know what my super cold days are going to be filled with.
    • Posted: January 29, 2019 14:37

      acraftymix

      Glad you like it Liz. I wish I could blow some of our hot weather up to you to warm you up, enjoy making the frames
  • Posted: January 29, 2019 03:38

    Amy

    Michelle, this is genius! I'm always on the hunt for new frames, but sometimes it's tricky to fill them because it seems so permanent. I love how easy it is to switch these up! I think you could also use photos in them without damaging the picture. :) Off to find the supplies I need to make some for myself...
    • Posted: January 29, 2019 04:55

      acraftymix

      🤗 They're perfect for photos Amy, they won't damage them at all. In fact, the picture of Frida Kahlo is printed on high-quality photo paper and the magnets hold it perfectly.
  • Posted: January 28, 2019 21:16

    Kim

    Beautiful Michelle! I do love easy...especially when it's this pretty!
  • Posted: January 28, 2019 19:28

    Mary

    You are so right Michelle, these are the easiest DIY frames ever! And they look fantastic too. I honestly want to make them all and then some. I also have a stash of picture frames in the corner of my room. Haha! I'm going through a phase now where less is more and have taken down a lot of things working on that minimal vibe.
    • Posted: January 29, 2019 04:58

      acraftymix

      LOL Mary, I hear you. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to do the whole minimalism thing. I have tried but the little maximalistic rebel inside me always wins out 😀

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