Custom framing can be expensive. And let's be honest, not everyone wants to spend their hard earned cash on framing something when they could spend it on a million other things (coffee, food, more food). That's where I, Home Depot/Harbor Freight, and this blog post come in handy. Let's get you started on making that Custom Magnetic Art Frame.
This frame is more-so for artwork that is only on paper (i.e. prints, watercolors, etc.). However, depending on the strength of the magnets you buy, you can easily hang canvas/cloth/anything you want on it as well. It's super simple to make, does not require a lot of tools, and can take you less than 30 minutes to make (plus optional paint drying time, depending on your preference). What's great about this particular frame is that it allows you to easily change the artwork in seconds, and you can make it according to the size of any artwork you want mounted. Don't want that bird painting in the frame anymore? No problem. Pop the magnets off and put in that new botanical print you've been dying to hang up.
I've got two options for you; Option 1 is with no painted design, Option 2 is with a painted design. Both are simple. Let's do this!
Option 1 |
- One (1) piece of 1/4" thick plywood - 16" x 25"
- Four (4) 5/8" Machine Bolts & corresponding nuts
- Four (4) magnets
- Sanding Block
- Measuring Tape
For Option 2:
- colored paint
- painter's tape
- paint sponge
Step 1: Sand All Edges of Plywood
Edges of plywood can be the ultimate source for splinters when freshly cut, so be sure to sand those edges down to protect your fingers from pain and suffering. If you decide you want to paint a design on the plywood to be visible behind the artwork, scroll down further for a quick how-to!
Step 2: Measure Holes for Drilling
Measure 3" in from the edge of the plywood on each side and mark the four corners with a Sharpie for drilling. You can adjust how far in you want the artwork to sit on the frame depending on size.
Step 3: Drill Holes, Insert Bolts
Drill holes where you marked using a 5/32" drill bit (slightly bigger than the size of the 5/8" bolt), then insert the bolts in each of the four spots. You may need pliers here to get the bolt head flush with the plywood. Flip the frame over and screw on the nuts but do not make them flush with the wood just yet, we need a little space there for the twine/string.
Step 4: Attach Twine/String
Take about 16-18" of twine or string and tie each end between the nut and back of the plywood then secure in place. Finish screwing the nut as close to the plywood as possible, use pliers if needed.
Step 5: Mount Artwork
Place the artwork evenly on top of the bolts, and secure in place with the magnets. You can choose to paint the magnets as well to add a pop of color!
That's it! Wasn't that easy?
If you want to create a custom painted design on the plywood to be visible behind your artwork, continue reading below.
Option 2 | Painted Design How-To
Okay, so like I said, Option 2 is simply the same as Option 1, but with a painted design. So after you are done sanding the edges of the plywood and insert the bolts, wipe it off, and tape off a design you want to paint with painter's tape. It can be anything you want, I just did two diagonal stripes in this case using basic Valspar interior house paint. Let the paint dry, then pull off the painter's tape and you're all set to move on to the next steps!
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me and get in touch!
All images taken by Shalene Chavez. Frame design is original to ShaleneLorraine, please do not duplicate or share without crediting ShaleneLorraine.