You just finished your latest masterpiece. Now what? Chances are, you want to display it. But that can be tricky if you’d like to hang something that doesn’t have a frame. Whether you’re attempting to find unconventional ways to display completed diamond paintings, canvas paintings, photographs, drawings or any other types of unframed art, you might start to think that buying a frame, visiting a professional framer or learning how to frame diamond art are your only options.
If that’s the case, think again! There are all sorts of ways to showcase unframed art in your home. And once you know how to do it, you’ll wonder why you ever hesitated to display your creations simply because they weren’t framed.
Use Print Hangers
If you have a minimalist aesthetic, you’ll love the look of print hangers. They are made of small strips of wood or metal and should be the same length as or slightly longer than the width of your artwork. To use these hangers, simply place your art between the two strips on both ends of the hanger and secure using the included magnets or screws. To prevent damage to your art, consider adding felt bumpers to the insides of the strips. That way, the bumpers will be pressed against your art instead of the wood or metal.
Print hangers are a great option if you are looking for an easy way to display completed diamond paintings. Their simple design doesn’t detract from the artwork's beauty like an ornate frame might, and they hold the canvas straight and flat.
Hang with Binder Clips
Flat, lightweight artwork can easily be hung using little more than binder clips and nails or tacks. Attach binder clips to the top corners of the artwork, and hang from nails. Yes — it’s really that simple. For larger posters, consider adding a binder clip in the middle, too, to help distribute the weight.
You can find binder clips at any office supply store, and they come in several different colors. There are even patterned ones that you can use to enhance your artwork’s aesthetic appeal.
Grab A Hanger From Your Closet
Looking for something a little more unusual? Try using a single skirt/pant hanger to hold your art. This technique incorporates a wood strip with metal clips and the look can look especially effective when you are hanging more than one piece of art. You can use the hangers as they are, or paint them in a solid color to create a specific aesthic. Since most hangers are much more affordable than a wood frame (you may even own some already!) it can be a wonderfully inexpensive solution as well as a fun conversation starter/Get Creative with Washi Tape
As a crafter, you probably already have a solid selection of washi tape in your arsenal. Why not use it to hang flat artwork (like drawings or prints) on your wall? With a bit of patience and imagination, you can even construct colorful “frames” for your creations using this trendy masking tape. Making wall art frames with washi tape is easy and allows you to instantly update any wall in your home or office without spending a fortune.
Attach Your Art to a Stretched Canvas
One of the great things about stretched canvases is that they are super easy to hang without frames. Plus, even in large sizes, they are much lighter weight than frames — especially frames with glass — and you don’t need to worry about them breaking if they fall.
If you have a painting, drawing, diamond painting, photo or another flat piece of art that you would like to display, consider attaching it to a stretched canvas. Choose a canvas that’s the same size for a neat, tidy finish. Or, use a larger canvas to give a small piece of art more oomph. You could even paint the canvas a solid color before attaching your art to enhance your masterpiece.
Display Art Using Cafe Curtain Rods and Ring Clips
This idea for creating an at-home gallery from Parents magazine is intended for kids, but we think it would be a great way to display all of your own unframed art! It’s super affordable, too, and easy enough for even novice do-it-yourselfers. Simply wall mount one or more cafe curtain rods, add ring clips and attach your art. Whether you use this system for displaying your little Picasso’s artwork or to show off your latest masterpieces created from diamond art, it’s sure to look great in any home.
Work On A Grid
If you’re dealing with a number of smaller, unframed pieces of art, one way to tame them is to arrange them on a grid. Produced in a wide variety of materials and coatings, from industrialized, rough wood to rubber-coated wire to shiny, rose-gold, these latticework structures offer a very flexible way to present your art collection. You can arrange them in a tightly woven collage, space them out evenly in a gallery wall style, or clip on just a few select ones to allow the grid to show through. Typically, grids are also sturdy enough to hold items of greater weight and dimension, so why not attach some of your smaller diamond art paintings along with your diamond art tools or accessories? Additionally, you can change out old for new as you soon as you’ve finished a kit!
Make the Most of Minimalistic Magnets
Magnets aren’t just for refridgerators anymore! In fact, they come is a wide range of shapes and sizes, some are so small that they are almost invisible. Select a size and shape that appeals to you, online or at a craft or hobby store, then choose what look you prefer. Attach a metal strip or wire string to the wall for groupings, or attach a single magnet where you would like a statement piece. Depending on your choices, your art could appear to be magically floating.
What About 3-D Art?
Because this wouldn’t be an “ultimate guide” if it didn’t at least mention artwork that is not flat, don’t forget that almost anything around you, from sculpture to quilts to bicycles can be mounted (unframed) on a wall. If it is an object in your life that holds special appeal to you, there’s a way to hang it up and work it into your visual aesthetic. Don’t be afraid to take a chance and try something new, or repurpose an item you already own as either a “hanger” or “artwork”.
Hanging unframed art doesn’t have to be difficult. There are lots of stylish ways to get the job done, too, so you don’t need to worry about detracting from your art’s aesthetic value. With the ideas above, you can beautifully display your favorite pieces of diamond art even if you prefer to keep them “unframed”!