The Easiest, Cheapest Way to Frame Large-Scale Art

The Easiest, Cheapest Way to Frame Large-Scale Art

AT Video
Dec 14, 2016

If you've ever gotten a quote for a custom frame—especially for a big piece of art (like our ginormous 3-foot-by-6-foot tree wall hanging)—then you know it can cost hundreds of dollars for a single frame. The secret to affordable framing is to make one yourself using basic hardware store supplies that cost about $25. And the best part? A magnetic frame makes it easy to switch up your art whenever you're ready for a fresh look.

Magnetic Hanging Frame

What You'll Need:

  • Drill and 1/2" Forstner bit
  • Four 1 3/4" wooden strips, cut to the width of your art
  • Twelve 1/2" magnets
  • E6000 adhesive
  • 2 screw eyes
  • String or twine

Instructions:

1. Drill three holes in each wooden strip using the Forstner bit. Drill holes about 3 inches from either end of the strip and one in the center, with each hole deep enough for a magnet to rest inside.

2. Apply E6000 to the back of each magnet and place in holes. The 4 strips of wood will form 2 pairs, so make sure that the three magnets on one piece of wood are paired up with the opposite pole on a second piece of wood so that the pieces attract. Let the adhesive dry.

3. Twist a screw eye into both ends of the wooden strip you'd like to use for the top of the frame. Cut a length of twine and tie each end to a screw eye. Sandwich the top of the artwork between this set of wooden strips, and insert the bottom of your artwork between the second set. Rest the twine on a nail to hang your new wall art.

Special thanks: To the friendly folks at Spoonflower for printing our pretty fabric tree. Find out how to order your own here.

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