Since I am still in love with the traditional pattern graffiti I spray-painted on fabric a couple of weeks ago, I knew I had to come up with a equally beautiful way to frame it on the wall. That’s when I came across the kickstarter-funded We Are Well Made Stiicks frame. Stiicks is a magnetic floating frame that can easily be installed and held into place to secure posters, prints, and other art. Ever the resourceful one, I dived into my tool shed to see how I can take scrap wood and turn it into the perfect frame-less frame. Now my art piece based on indigenous Colombian baskets is proudly displayed on my wall, in all its glory. If you’re interested in a cool (and inexpensive) way to hang your art, read on for my step-by-step tutorial on the scrap wood frame.
What You’ll Need
If you have any scrap wood strips laying around, they are about to come in handy. If you don’t, you can find really inexpensive strips of wood at your local home improvement store. They will even cut the strip down into more manageable pieces for you. All you really need is four pieces of wood that are flat, level and long enough to cover the entire width of the piece of art you wish to hang. Two of those pieces will serve as the base and two as the top. After sourcing your wood strips, you will want to measure out where you want the magnets to sit and for two of them, where the screw will secure them to the wall. Pre-drill by using the point drill bit for the screw hole and the spade drill bits to cut away circular divots where the magnets will rest.
Now that you’ve drilled all necessary holes, quickly sand the strips down with fine grain sandpaper to remove any stray wood splinters. Carefully lay out your magnets so that corresponding sides of the wood strips will be magnetically attracted to each other. Glue the magnets into place and apply pressure as they dry. The glue will need to cure at least overnight.
If you’re a fan of the natural unfinished look of wood, skip this step. I opted instead to add a light coat of black wood stain and a stain sealer. You’ll want to do at least one quick fine grain sand in between coats of stain sealer to give the finish an overall neater look. Let this dry completely before handling.
Now that you have your DIY frame pieces finished, it’s time to throw it up on the wall. Use a level to help guide you on placement. Just attach the base with screws (anchors are optional) to the wall, place the art piece over the base and slap on the top to secure it. It can’t get any easier than this! With a few scrap pieces of wood, you too can create a floating art frame that’s a cinch to change. With a frame this cool looking and easy to update, you’ll need to create a lot more art pieces that you can rotate in and out.
Are you a fan of this frame-less frame? What changes would you do to yours?