Turn a simple frame into a pretty photo display. This DIY project utilizes clips and wire for an easy-to-rotate showcase of family pictures, mementos and artwork.

January 06, 2016
Art Frame

4 canvas stretchers (available at arts or crafts stores -- they are long wooden pieces that artists use to create frames for paintings)

Annie Sloan's Paris Grey Chalk Paint

Bowl, rag, water (for making the grey stain wash)

Measuring tape

Hammer & nails

Picture-hanging wire

Fabric scissors


Staple gun & staples

White clips

Step 1

Notch together the canvas stretchers; no need to nail together, they are made to fit snugly. The wood stretchers come in all different lengths, so it's easy to make a custom size dimension to fill the space you need.

Step 2

Mix Annie Sloan's Paris Grey Chalk Paint with a few drops of water and stain the frame lightly, using the rag to apply the paint. The grey paint is a great choice because it's neutral and also gives the wood a lovely weathered look.

Step 3

Once stain has dried, turn frame over. Measure down from top at least an inch, mark 2 holes and tap in nails on both sides. Stretch the hanging wire tightly across and twist around nails to secure. Depending on the height of your frame and size of your pictures, you could add 2 or 3 more lines of wire; we created two wire rows.

Step 4

Measure and cut white linen to extend about 1 inch beyond the opening of the frame, stretch and staple onto the back side, making sure the linen is pulled very taut.

Step 5

Hang pictures on wire using white clothespin clips. You can easily swap out photos and display kids' crafting projects within the frame.


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