diy {wood artwork display}


My friend Ruth Simons is an incredibly talented artist. How she finds time to mother six boys and paint is baffling to me. Recently she sent me one of her original paintings that she knew was so significant to me. I’ll write more on that later – still trying to form my words in a way that makes sense when read on a computer screen!

I have a stockpile of frames, but none of them seemed right. As I waited to find the perfect frame, I placed the painting on some scrap wood that was waiting for me to figure out what to do with it. And the two just looked perfect together. Thus, this super simple diy was born.


  • piece of glass that matches the size of your art
  • scrap wood (mine was cut from the top of a cabinet)
  • furniture buttons (or something similar…be creative)
  • hot glue gun
  • drill


Step 1: Place your art on the wood and find where you want to position it

Step 2: Mark spots about 1/2″ from the outer edge of the glass and about 1/4″ above (top) and below (bottom) of the glass

Step 3: If you are a perfectionist, measure to make sure it is all even. I didn’t actually do this, but included the pic for those of you that like everything just right11.14frameboard-03Step 4: Drill holes the diameter of the metal part of the furniture buttons (or whatever you are sticking in the hole). Don’t drill all the way through the wood, just enough to fit whatever you are attaching.

Step 5: Make sure everything fits11.14frameboard-05Step 6: Put your art and glass in place

Step 7: Add a tiny bit of hot glue to the holes and then push the buttons in. The hot glue will help hold things in place, but isn’t so strong you won’t be able to pop the buttons off.11.14frameboard-07If you are displaying this somewhere with a risk of it getting knocked down, you will probably want to attach the fabric buttons stronger (maybe gorilla glue). I placed mine on a high shelf. You could also add picture frame hooks on the back to hang it from the wall. I’ve created similar things just using clips to hold artwork, but since this is an original painting I wanted the extra protection of glass.11.14frameboard-0911.14frameboard-11And just because who doesn’t want a chance at winning $250 to a hardware store? Well, there are probably some people, but I am not one of them. I’d rather win $250 to True Value than the mall. My pallet daybed diy was chosen as part of Bob Villa’s Thumbs Up competition. I sure wouldn’t be bummed if you decided to go cast a vote my way…no email or anything required.Β  πŸ™‚


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  • Liz - I love the verse she used… “Live a quiet life..” So, so good! Her art is amazing, too.

  • Sarah Wolfe - I voted πŸ™‚ And you have to love that Ruth! Her painting looks perfect how you have arranged it.

  • erin - love this hanging/framing idea…
    i’m always looking for ways to display artwork creatively.

    also, boom! voted for you. #insertfistbumpemoji

  • Angie Merchant - I love that verse! I have it hidden in a special place! BTW I voted!

  • sarah - oh I love everything about this diy! one of my winter goals is to get some new pictures on our wall and I might just have to incorporate this into the space. I will also be ordering this print. I love that verse!

  • brittony - that is a gorgeous work of art. thumbs up for the daybed!

  • Amy @thelittlefarmdiary - Oh my dear, this is my kind of project! It will surely be in my house sometime soon πŸ™‚

  • Amy @thelittlefarmdiary - And I forgot…. I voted- great project! Good luck!

  • Debbie - Love it!

  • Laura In Sacto - My goodness, your friend, Ruth is amazing. She has quite a talent. Thank you for sharing.

  • Jelena - This is one of those great ideas that doesn’t make sense to most people. IT is creatieve and different! Print is lovely, but for me the buttons rock!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - You’ve always got my vote! And Ruth? That girl is a gem. she encourages me at just the right times, with just the right words. LOL – I actually have a post about her in the works.

  • kimberly oyler - “I didn’t actually do this, but included the pic for those of you that like everything just right” that made me laugh. also, i thought you were going to drill through the glass, so i held my breathe until i finished reading because i was so nervous. double also, you got my vote. πŸ˜‰

  • Jessica - Your pallet bed better win- best project on there! πŸ™‚

  • Luisa - How creative! It turned out beautiful!

  • Emily | Gather & Dine - I think it’s funny that you find your friend and all that she does baffling, because I find you and all that you do baffling! I have no idea how you maintain this blog, teach snapshots, have 5 kids and homeschool all at the same time. You do an incredible job though! I still recommend your snapshots course to everyone who asks how I’ve improved my photography πŸ™‚ Voted for you!

  • Candy Hartmann - Hi! I just stumbled on your blog & I really enjoyed looking around! Love your dΓ©cor!

  • Gazco Studio 2 - Along these lines, so great! Her craft is stunning, as well.

  • Valerie - Love this! Had some furniture tacks leftover and now have a project to make use of them. Great way to showcase a favorite verse. Thx