Framed Prints on Clips Swappable Art
For almost two years, I’ve had a small amount of this grey-blue drapery fabric leftover from my craft room’s curtains. The fabric is very sturdy due to a heavyweight blackout lining.
While cleaning out my soon-to-be mother-in-law’s basement, I found these two frames that were destined for the trash heap. I immediately thought of this fabric and knew I could work with them to create an artwork display for interchangeable prints.
The best part? Everything in this project came from my stash, so there was no immediate cost. Bonus!
- wooden frames (recycled)
- fabric (leftover from old projects)
- drapery clips ($1 on clearance at Fabricland)
- small-sized prints
- ruler (optional)
- rounded corner punch
- I started this project by attaching the fabric to the back of the frames using thumbtacks. By using thumbtacks, I can switch out the fabric easily to match my decor.
Tip: Pushing a thumbtack through hardwood can be difficult because the end of the thumbtack can indent into your thumb. I placed a ruler over the top of the thumbtack before pressing to distribute the pressure against a larger surface area. I initially tried a hammer; the thumbtack was too weak for the impact of the hammer and the flat had broke off from the nail.
- When you flip over the frame, it looks something like this:
- Using the ruler technique again, I attached more thumbtacks to the frames and slipped a drapery clip between each thumbtack and the wood. I left a gap for the drapery clips to hook onto. The frames had uneven holes drilled into them, but I pretended they didn’t exist and spaced them evenly.
- Take your artwork and clip it to the clips. I had some simple 4×6″ prints that I compiled from the Brand Spirit tumblr (I cropped the images 4×3″ and arranged them on 4×6″ canvases in Photoshop). You can find more black and white photography on my Serene Wall Pinterest board.If you want to do 4 inch square prints, it’s easy to centre a 4×4″ print on a 4″x6 piece of paper and trim:
- I used a rounded corner punch to soften the edges of the prints. For my 4×6 prints, I rounded the overhanging edges. On the square prints, I rounded all four corners.
What I love about this project is the versatility. You can swap out the fabric. You can swap out the prints. At Christmas, I plan on clipping Christmas cards on an angle.