DIY: Decor without borders 0
Framing fine photography or artwork yourself is sometimes a major pain in the tool set.
Picking the colour, texture and material of the frame, the amount of ‘white’ space and colour of the mat board, the thickness of the mat board, the thickness of the frame — for some, it can all be a bit much.
The good news is framing isn’t the only option, as seen with this project from Liz Fourez of lovegrowswild.com. Fourez came up with the clipboard idea trying to find a more affordable alternative for displaying her photography.
Using clips and wooden boards, prints can be displayed easily and inexpensively, yet still allow for creativity because the board can be stained or painted in any colour, at any time.
Another obvious bonus is artwork can be effortlessly switched out every season, theme party, or change in mood. Happy clipping!
Note: Do you love the photos featured in this project? You can buy them from Fourez's online shop here.
- one-inch boards
- hinge clips
- wood stain
- finishing wax
- saw (optional)
- sandpaper or sander
How-to: photo clipboards
1. Find wooden boards at a local hardware or craft store — or you can cut boards yourself into four pieces like these, approximately 13 x 14 inches.
2. Sand the edges and corners to make the wood look more aged.
3. Apply a dark walnut stain and let stand for 15 minutes. Wipe away any stain that hasn’t soaked into the wood.
4. Sand edges and corners again, removing some of the stain, to further distress and age boards.
5. Clean the dust off and use finishing wax to seal the boards.
6. Mark your desired location for the photo clips and attach with glue and hang.
Contact Julia with comments, questions, DIY attempts or submissions by email julia.dilworth[at]sunmedia.ca or find her on Twitter @JuliaDilworth.