Being an artist as well as a DIY-freak I wanted to make stylish floating frames for my paintings without compromising on the quality or my wallet. These canvas frames resemble the ones you get in a frame shop since they are sturdy, removable and elegant but at the same time, they don't cost a fortune.


  • Corner moulding (width same as the depth of the canvas)
  • Wood glue
  • Nail gun and nails
  • Miter saw
  • Drill
  • Wood stain
  • Screws
  • Sanding paper
  • Clamps
  • Wood filler (if desired)
  • Varnish suitable for wood stain (if desired)


  1. Measure and mark the corner moulding so that the inside of the frame is 1 cm longer than the size of the canvas you want to frame. For example, if the frame is for a 70x100 cm canvas, you should end up with 2 pieces measuring 71 cm and 2 pieces measuring 101 cm between the inner corners.

2. Saw the corner moulding in 45 degree angles as shown on the picture.

3. Sand lightly to make the edges smooth.

4. Stain and varnish.

5. Glue the corners and clamp to hold in place. It is preferable to use clamps made for corners or to use something you have at home that has a fixed angle of 90 degrees to secure the corners with a clamp.

6. Nail the corners together with a nail gun to secure them.

7. If desired fill/cover any crevices with wood filler.

8. Drill holes on the back of the frame. Preferably use both a regular drill bit and one for countersunk screws. Make at least two holes per side about 10-15 cm from the corners, but feel free to add more holes depending on how big the canvas is and how sturdy you want the construction to be.

9. Mount the frame onto the back of the canvas using countersunk screws. Tip: To secure the canvas with even spacing to each side of the frame, place something flat (such as glass coasters, cardboard pieces etc) between the canvas and the frame before flipping it over and fastening it with the screws.

10. Done! Time to hang your beautifully framed artwork!

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