DIY Rope and Wood Frame | Barrett's Nursery Tutorial

September 9, 2016

When I saw this artwork from Amy Hamilton for the first time, I KNEW I had to have it for Barrett's room. The only problem was that I wanted it in a fairly large size and my budget wasn't accommodating the larger art prints. So I had decided to buy a poster and just display it in a poster frame when I found this way of displaying art instead!

Favorite. DIY. ever.

I love it because it's a modern and elegant way to display a piece of art and you don't have to worry about finding the right sized frame because you can make it with just about any size of print, including poster size, which is WAY cheaper than a regular art print of the same size, and exactly what I did!

So let's get started!

You will need:
Art print
Natural rope (found mine here and used a stitch picker to pick off the lip)
Wood square dowel (I used two of these)
Stain (I used this stain)
Foam brush
Cardboard (same height, but not quite as wide as your art print)
paper clips (or tape)
Staple gun
2 Gold screw eyes (I used these)
White Oven Bake Clay (here)
Super glue

Step 1: wood dowels
Your first step is to prep the wooden dowels. Have them cut to be about 1-1.5 inches longer than the width of the art print. Sand all sides and ends of the wooden dowel, clean off with a damp rag, then use the foam brush to apply the stain. Follow the directions on the stain to finish this step.

Step 2: staple gun
Lay out your art print on top of the cardboard. Use paper clips (or tape) to secure the print to the cardboard. Turn the cardboard and art print upside down and lay on top of the wooden dowels, one at the top, and one at the bottom. Use the staple gun to secure the cardboard and print to the wooden dowels.

Step 3: screw eyes
Decide where you want the screw eyes (about 1.5-2 inches in from the ends) and screw them into the top of the wood dowels.

Step 4: oven bake clay
Work the polymer clay to make two big beads that your rope will fit through and follow the directions on the packaging to bake the clay.

Step 5: rope
Slide the beads onto the rope, weave the rope through the screw eyes and tie them in knots around the eyes (or cup hooks in my case). Trim the rope, and use the super glue to glue the ends of the rope where you cut so that the rope won't fray. Also glue the knot so that it won't come undone.

Step 6: hang
Your artwork is complete, and it looks beautiful!!!

click here for more pictures of how my baby boy's nursery turned out!

Let me know how yours turns out! Share a pic on Instagram and tag @suesnews I'd love to see!

Good luck! 


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