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Easy DIY Dowel Rod Frames With Design Expert, Poppytalk

It's easy to fall into a style rut, but with the help of design blogger Jan from Poppytalk, it's even easier to break out! Here, she takes inspiration from vintage school charts to create a fresh, clean alternative to the classic wall frame. With (basically) no real skills required, we've got your next craft night covered.

We love the chart-style look for framing art for so many reasons. The style is perfect for casual spaces, it's budget-friendly and it's an easy project you can do yourself and customize to any size in under a half an hour.

For this project we used screen trim from our local hardware store. It's perfect for framing as it's flat on one side to adhere the paper to and rounded on the other to give it a more finished look. It usually comes in 8 foot pieces, so it needs to be cut down to the size of your art.  You can ask the clerk at your hardware store to cut these for you, or you can also do it yourself, it's super-easy (and we'll show you how below)!

Easy DIY Dowel Rod Frames With Poppytalk

What You Need:

Screen door trim

Saw

Miter box (makes it easier)

2 Eye hooks

Twine

White glue or a strong tape

Step 1

Measure the width of your art. Then take the length of your art plus add an inch extra to measure your wood trim. Make a mark with a pencil where you will cut.

Easy DIY Dowel Rod Frames With Poppytalk

Desert Cactus

Easy DIY Dowel Rod Frames With Poppytalk

Step 2

Place the wood into the miter box (which helps you cut straighter), and saw back and forth until the wood is cut through. Repeat.

Easy DIY Dowel Rod Frames With Poppytalk

Step 3

Screw in eye hooks on each side of the top piece.

Easy DIY Dowel Rod Frames With Poppytalk

Pro tip: Use a pliers to turn the eye hook into the side of the wood, or if you don't have one, a fork also makes it easy to screw in. Begin by screwing in the eye hook. Once it has caught itself into the wood, slide one of the fork's teeth into the eye hook, and twirl until tightened.

Easy DIY Dowel Rod Frames With Poppytalk

Step 4

Measure twine for hanging length (it looks best if it's not too long) and tie/ knot to each eye hook. Pull out the paper you will be framing. Squeeze glue in a straight line across the front top of the paper. Place the cut screen door trim over the paper (balancing to leave a half-inch overhang on each side of the print) and press down and hold for approximately 1 minute. Do the same for the bottom piece. Once dry (approximately 10 min.) it's ready to hang!

Easy DIY Dowel Rod Frames With Poppytalk

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Easy DIY Dowel Rod Frames With Poppytalk

Easy DIY Dowel Rod Frames With Poppytalk

Easy DIY Dowel Rod Frames With Poppytalk 

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Diogo Verissimo commented on Friday, October 14, 2016 10:18am
Love the idea! Will do that for my bedroom and studio :D
Smashing Mosaic Art commented on Friday, October 14, 2016 12:04pm
Love this! Have seen the idea but didn't know how easy it was to replicate!
Lisa Jayne Murray - Illustrati… commented on Friday, October 14, 2016 2:25pm
Looks Great...I do this with linen tea towels but instead glue I hem top and bottom and slide the wood through the hem. Works a treat!
Corbin Henry commented on Friday, October 14, 2016 2:35pm
Great tutorial! This is going on my Pinterest board!
Vasare Nar commented on Monday, October 17, 2016 7:48am
awesome
roccofiumara commented on Monday, October 17, 2016 8:56am
Great tutorial😊 Thanks!
Grace17 commented on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 7:16am
Simple but very effective!
Wendy Townrow commented on Thursday, October 20, 2016 2:43am
awesome idea :)

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