Art is always in the eye of the beholder, but creating art is something anyone can do – and the best part is it doesn’t matter how artistically inclined you are! Using reclaimed material like pallet wood is a great way to create awesome frames for objects like old maps.
Thanks to Designer Trapped, learning how to turn an old pallet into a “canvas” is easier than ever – especially if you have a little bit of time and power tools.
If you have some space on your wall that needs a little bit of flair, this is the perfect rustic complement to any space.
1. Have a Plan
As you can see from this diagram, there are a couple critical components to ensuring that your pallet art frame hangs properly on your wall. The hinges along with the glue-backed strip give your frame the security it needs to hang on your wall.
2. Cut Frame Pieces
Use either a straight cut or a mitre cut to get to the right length and finish. Generally, a good rule of thumb is to have the frame a bit larger than where the art will go because it will draw the eye to the artwork.
3. Use Glue on Reclaimed Wood
The one issue you’ll run into with reclaimed wood pieces is that the wood splits quite easily. Use wood glue whenever you can to minimize this as it will give your frame some added strength.
4. Use Clamps to Ensure Glue Sets
It takes approximately 30 minutes for glue to set, so use a pair of good clamps to keep the wood pressed together. Once the glue cures, then it is much easier to work with these reclaimed pieces because you will need to do some drilling and use some screws.
5. Screw in Hinged Backer
The hinges are a great way to keep the backer in place so that you have a bit more firmness to your frame along with extra security. Don’t go for excessively large hinges – small ones do the job quite nicely.