How to make a pretty and simple DIY Wood Frame for Canvas or Wood Wall Art.
Hi guys. Today, I’ve got a quick and easy project for you all. This is how I build a pretty and simple DIY Wood Frame for Canvas or Wood Wall Art out of 1×2’s. The clean lines make this design work in most homes, from Modern to more Traditional styles. Yay!
In a few days, I’ll share the DIY video and steps for how I made the colorful acrylic paint pour wall art in the canvases. I’m a huge fan of these paint pours. It’s one of my new favorite DIY projects. You can also see the pretty one I made for my Master Bathroom Remodel here.
OK, let’s get to this DIY Wooden Frame for Canvases.
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Watch the DIY Wood Frame for Canvas Video
- Sander & Sandpaper – I used 80 and 150-grit on Select Pine
- Other types of wood may require other grits for the best result
- 1×2 Dimensional Lumber, I used Select Pine from Lowe’s or Home Depot
- Wood Glue
- Miter Saw
- Angle Strap Clamp (I use this one)
- Wood Filler
- Finish – I used Watco Danish Oil in Medium Walnut
- Sawtooth Hanger
Building the 1×2 DIY Wood Frame
Cut the inside of your frame to be 1/8″ to 3/16″ larger than the canvas size. Use 45-degree cuts on the corners. I like to use the 1st cut piece for one side to mark the cuts for the opposite side. Getting clean 45-degree corners is really easy if the opposite sides are exactly the same size.
Optional: Attach moulding to the 4 corners with brad nails and wood glue to act as a stop for the back of the canvas. I used 3/4″ pieces to stop my 3/4″ depth canvas flush with the wood. You can also use 1″ or 1/2″ or 1/4″ pieces to change the look or to work with a canvas with more depth.
Layout the 4 sides of your DIY Wood Frame for Canvas on a flat surface. Use Wood Glue and clamps to hold the corners tight and straight while the glue dries. I love using my Bessey Strap Angle Clamp for frames. It makes building wood frames so much easier. You can see it in the video above. 🙂
Let the glue dry for a few hours before removing the clamps. The joints should be pretty tight, but a little bit of wood filler along the front and sides will make them look even neater.
Finishing your Wooden Frame for Canvases
Once the wood filler dries, sand the extra wood filler off and smooth the whole frame with 80-grit sandpaper. Then switch to 150-grit to get Select Pine ready for finish. For different types of wood or finishes, you may need to use different grits to get the best finish.
Dust off the DIY Wood Frame for Canvas or Wood Wall Art with a clean rag. Then apply your finish. I used Dutch Oil in Medium Walnut. It’s one of my go to finishes, lately. It wipes on easily and dries pretty fast. Plus, it hardens the wood a bit and doesn’t require a top coat. So, so easy.
After the finish dries, you can nail a small sawtooth hanger to the back of the frame. Then flip the frame over and gently push the canvas into place. Building the frame just an 1/8″ or 3/16″ larger than the canvas should give you a tight enough fit to hold the canvas in without extra help. If not, painters tape, sticky putty, or a few drops of hot glue on the back can hold the canvas where you want it.
And now you’re ready to hang your beautiful new wall art. Be sure to check out my DIY steps for the paint pour wall art in my frames (next week).
That’s it for this DIY Wood Frame for Canvas or Wood Wall Art tutorial. Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to follow along on Instagram to see sneak peeks of the projects coming soon.
Want to see more DIY wall art ideas? Check out how I make scrap wood wall art here.
Or, this pretty DIY Chevron Wood Art.
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