DIY Picture Frame – Gallery Wrap

March 30, 2016

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Have you ever noticed how great art can look after a visit to your local art gallery? Are you in love with those gallery wrapped wood frames? Well, while wondering through the craft store (on a completely different mission) I was inspired to create my own version of a DIY Picture Frame – Gallery Wrap style. (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).

I did not know you could DIY a gallery wrap frame! Easy peasy tutorial on making a DIY Picture Frame with Balsa wood and a few simple steps.

I promise you this is easier than you may think! Just a few minutes and one simple product will get things rolling…

Supplies for DIY Picture Frame – Gallery Wrap

I did not know you could DIY a gallery wrap frame! Easy peasy tutorial on making a DIY Picture Frame with Balsa wood and a few simple steps.

Measure your canvas. Cut two pieces of Balsa down to the exact width and depth of the canvas. In my case it was 24″ x 2″. Cut another two pieces to the height of the canvas + the thickness of your Balsa wood x 2. In my case I was using 1/8th Balsa wood so, I trimmed them to 24-1/4″ x 2″

I did not know you could DIY a gallery wrap frame! Easy peasy tutorial on making a DIY Picture Frame with Balsa wood and a few simple steps.

You should now have 4 pieces of Balsa wood. Don’t be scared of a little trimming… Balsa wood cuts like foam-core (remember those science fair projects?)… it’s “like butta” with a sharp utility knife.

I did not know you could DIY a gallery wrap frame! Easy peasy tutorial on making a DIY Picture Frame with Balsa wood and a few simple steps.

Arrange your pieces so you’ve put your two shorter pieces along the top and bottom of your canvas, and the longer pieces on the sides of your canvas.

I did not know you could DIY a gallery wrap frame! Easy peasy tutorial on making a DIY Picture Frame with Balsa wood and a few simple steps.

One at a time, apply hot glue to the edge of your canvas and press the Balsa wood piece firmly in place. Be sure to start at the top with a shorter piece.

I did not know you could DIY a gallery wrap frame! Easy peasy tutorial on making a DIY Picture Frame with Balsa wood and a few simple steps.

Keep moving along. Do the bottom Balsa wood next, so you now have both shorter pieces attached with hot glue.

I did not know you could DIY a gallery wrap frame! Easy peasy tutorial on making a DIY Picture Frame with Balsa wood and a few simple steps.

Now you can move to the sides. It’s important to do the longer pieces last, as they will/should perfectly conceal the edges of the shorter Balsa wood pieces. Huh??! Clever, right?

I did not know you could DIY a gallery wrap frame! Easy peasy tutorial on making a DIY Picture Frame with Balsa wood and a few simple steps.

Now, just stand back and admire your new DIY Picture Frame. You did it! And it cost around 12 bucks and just saved you hundreds in framing costs. Get the look, for a whole lost less with this easy project!

I did not know you could DIY a gallery wrap frame! Easy peasy tutorial on making a DIY Picture Frame with Balsa wood and a few simple steps.

It just adds that little sumpthin-sumpthin, am I right?

I did not know you could DIY a gallery wrap frame! Easy peasy tutorial on making a DIY Picture Frame with Balsa wood and a few simple steps.

There is just something about that gallery wrap, wood look that just finishes off a piece.

I did not know you could DIY a gallery wrap frame! Easy peasy tutorial on making a DIY Picture Frame with Balsa wood and a few simple steps.

Want the quick version of how this all went down? Watch my new You Tube video, below:

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I did not know you could DIY a gallery wrap frame! Easy peasy tutorial on making a DIY Picture Frame with Balsa wood and a few simple steps.

Hope you enjoyed my quick and easy trick to a gallery inspired art piece. This piece will be a welcome addition when we finally get ourselves moved back home after the big reno! Wish us luck!


10 thoughts on “DIY Picture Frame – Gallery Wrap

  1. Stephanie C.

    Such an easy update that makes such a huge impact! I have a few canvases that I need to do this to to give them a more finished look. I’m featuring you at the Talented Tuesday Link Party this week, thanks for sharing!

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  2. Kati

    This is so awesome! Super easy but looks so expensive and fancy. I’m going to be adding this to some canvases for sure. Pinned.

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