How to Make an Art Frame

Hello!

This is a basic set up for a DIY art frame, that has a 3D effect. This can work for any art that is made a thin surface (not recommended for canvases). It is relatively inexpensive, but it depends on the quality of the materials to buy.

Step 1: GYM (Grab Your Materials)

How to Make an Art Frame

After you have made your masterpiece of art, it is time to grab your materials!

(Note: The size of the materials depend on the size of your art. For this Instructable, the art print was made on a 15x20 sheet of semi-thick paper)

- Three 12x12x8 Pieces of Wood

- Wood Glue (I used Gorilla Wood Glue)

- Tape Measure

- Colored Sharpie (Make sure it is a color that you like, it will be used later to fill in the border of the frame)

Step 2: Measurements

How to Make an Art Frame
How to Make an Art Frame
How to Make an Art Frame
How to Make an Art Frame
How to Make an Art Frame
How to Make an Art Frame

In this step, we will create the Border of the Frame (I went with one inch).

Materials Needed: Sharpie, Measuring Tape, and Two Pieces of Wood

On One Piece of Wood:

  • - Use the Tape measure to get the desired length
  • - Using the Sharpie, make hash marks
  • - Connect the hashes to make one straight line
  • - On the perpendicular side (side the intersects), do these same steps

    On the Second Piece of Wood:

  • Repeat these same steps with the same measurements

    Step 3: The Back Measurements (First Step)

    How to Make an Art Frame
    How to Make an Art Frame
    How to Make an Art Frame

    Now, in this step, we want to get the Backside of the Wood, so we have the borders of the frame on both sides of the Two Pieces of Wood.

    (The purpose of this is so we can see where to align the pieces of wood from behind the art.)

    Materials Needed: Sharpie, Measuring Tape, and Two Pieces of Wood

    First: Line up the Art to the Border of the Frame to make sure it is desired length

    Next: Repeat Step 2.0 BUT on the back of the same Two Pieces of Wood this time

    (this is so that we can see the Borders of the Frame from behind the Art)

    Step 4: The Back Measurements (Second Step)

    How to Make an Art Frame
    How to Make an Art Frame
    How to Make an Art Frame

    In this step, we will create the 3D effect! We will lay the out the frame from behind the Art, and mark where the Two Pieces of Wood overlap, which causes the masterpiece to pop out (like it was 3D).

    Materials Needed: Sharpie and Two Pieces of Wood (with frame borders)

  • -Lay one of the two pieces of wood on the backside of the Art
  • -Align the Art to the border lines created by the Sharpie
  • -Lay the Second Piece of Wood down (notice: they are suppose to overlap)
  • -Again, make sure to align the Art to the lines of the Border of the Frame
  • -Use the Sharpie to outline where the Two Pieces of Wood Overlap

    Step 5: The Back Measurements (Last Step)

    How to Make an Art Frame
    How to Make an Art Frame
    How to Make an Art Frame

    We are almost done with our Back Measurements!

    Materials Needed: Third Piece of Wood, Measuring Tape, and Sharpie

  • Remove the Two Pieces of Wood
  • Measure to find the center of your Art, keeping in mind the length of your Third Piece of Wood
  • Place your Third Piece of Wood on your Art and Outline around the wood

    Step 6: Assembly (First Step)

    How to Make an Art Frame
    How to Make an Art Frame
    How to Make an Art Frame
    How to Make an Art Frame

    Now that we have done all the measurements, it is time to assemble the frame!

    Materials Needed: All Three Pieces of Wood and Wood Glue

    Grab the First Piece of Wood that has both the Border of the Frame Outline and the Overlap Outline

  • On the front side of the First Piece of Wood (the side without the Overlap Outline), apply your Wood Glue
  • Then, connect the First Piece of Wood to the back of the Art (note: on the back of the wood, you should be able to see both the Overlap Outline and the Border of the Frame)

    Step 7: Assembly (Second Step)

    How to Make an Art Frame
    How to Make an Art Frame

    Now, let the Wood Glue dry (usually takes five minutes).

    Grab the Second Piece of Wood that has the Border of the Frame Outline

  • Apply Wood Glue on the Second piece of Wood, keeping in mind that it should align to the Border of the Frame, as well as the Overlap Outline

    Step 8: Assembly (Final Step)

    How to Make an Art Frame

    Again, let the glue set in

    Grab the Third Piece of Wood (the one without any markings at all)

  • Apply the Wood Glue to Third Piece of Wood BUT only to the areas where the Third Piece of Wood touches the other Two Pieces of Wood

    Note: The Third Piece of Wood may not stay down. If this happens, use regular tape or lay something heavy on top of the third piece to hold it down until the glue sets in.

    Step 9: Fill in the Border of the Frame

    How to Make an Art Frame
    How to Make an Art Frame

    As you may have noticed, you have the lines of the Sharpie sticking out on the sides of the frame. To fix this, all you have to do is color in the border. If you wish to paint the outside of the borders, just be careful not to ruin your perfect masterpiece!

    Thank you for looking at my Instructable!

    The next few steps will be optional and for the more serious frame builders.

    Materials Needed: Safety Glasses, Stain Glass, and Glass Glue

    Step 10: Stain Glass Frame (Optional)

    How to Make an Art Frame
    How to Make an Art Frame
    How to Make an Art Frame
    How to Make an Art Frame

    Materials Needed: Safety Glasses, Safety Gloves, Stain Glass, and Glass Glue

    This step is optional because it really comes down to what the artist wants. The Stain Glass will be broken, making every piece on the border random and unique. The artist can, of course, cut the glass instead of breaking it. If you choose to break the glass, it is best to put something underneath the glass to control the tiny shards or do it in an controlled area.

  • Put on the Safety Glasses and Gloves. Carefully as possible, break the Stain Glass IN THE MIDDLE (the middle will produce the best possible pieces, while controlling flying shards)
  • Collect the pieces from the broken Stain Glass and simply use the Glass Glue to glue on the ones that fit best on the Border of the Frame

    Thank you for viewing!

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