Gorgeous boho canvas art and DIY frame

Sometimes wall art decisions come easy and other times it can be more challenging. I love vintage art and photography, but it’s difficult to find paintings that I love and can afford. And while I’m not an artist by any stretch of the imagination, I have found abstract lines to be forgiving and doable. To solve my wall art issues, I have created a gorgeous boho canvas art and DIY frame to grace the walls of my daughter’s bedroom.

The abstract canvas painting is completely inspired by Andrea of Harlow and Thistle. She is a talented designer with an amazing blog full of inspiration. Andrea primed over a faded store-bought canvas and used leftover wall paint from her home. I love it when DIY projects are inexpensive and re-purposes items you already have around the house.


Gorgeous boho canvas art and DIY frame

Painting your own canvas can be quite relaxing and even fun. Before you begin painting, be sure to attach hanging hardware to the backside of your canvas if it needs it, and prime the canvas before adding your design. After painting each color block on my canvas, I allowed each color to dry. With each section dry, it makes it easier to continue without disturbing other blocks of color. Andrea used painters’ tape to create the abstract lines, but you can also paint them free-hand like I did. I wasn’t attempting perfection and my foam brush did pretty darn well keeping a smooth line.

You can find beautiful color combinations on Pinterest to create your own gorgeous boho canvas art and DIY frame. Out of the acrylic craft paints on the shelf, I couldn’t find a blush color that I liked so I added some of the beige sand color to the light pink I found and mixed up the exact shade I was looking for. Don’t be afraid to mix up your own colors to work with your style and preferences.

Pinterest pins for  boho color pallettes

Boho canvas art supplies:

Acrylic craft paint
Canvas
Foam brushes

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Now that your canvas art is complete and ready to be hung on the wall and enjoyed, there is one final step that will make a huge difference for displaying your art. You can use scrap wood, leftover trim pieces, or make a quick trip down to Home Depot to get some wood slats for your DIY frame. I love the natural color of this wood, but you can stain it or paint it to coordinate with your style. This DIY frame will give your canvas art some dimension and style. The type of wood you choose will help determine the look you want for the artwork. Narrow and natural wood will give it a sleek and modern look, while thicker wood can create a casual farmhouse style.

Gorgeous boho canvas art and DIY frame

I created a short one-minute video to show you just how easy it is to create your own frame with common tools. Here are the steps:

  1. Select your wood piece, make sure you have enough to cover the perimeter of your canvas art. I painted a 16” x 20” canvas, so I needed to have 72 inches of wood to make my frame.
  2. Set the left-side of the canvas on the piece of wood and mark the board for the first cut.
  3. Use a hand saw with a miter box to guide your cut.
  4. Once cut, sand the rough edges using a fine grit sanding sponge.
  5. Line up the wood onto the left-side of the canvas, and use a brad nail gun or staple gun to attach the wood to the canvas. I used 5/8 inch brad nails because my wood is thin.
  6. Mark and cut the right-side wood slat, and attach it to the right-side of your canvas.
  7. Once the left and right sides are covered with wood, mark, cut, and attach the top and bottom wood slats.

DIY framing supplies:

Hand saw and mitre box
220 grit sander
Ryobi brad nailer

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This gorgeous boho canvas art and DIY frame was so much fun, and couldn’t have been easier to create. After taking on the challenge to create a piece of artwork that coordinates with my daughter’s room style, I’m now thinking about creating another piece of art on a larger scale for the bonus/guest room upstairs. If I do, you’ll be the first to know! You can follow me on Instagram or just subscribe for my blog updates, news, and freebies.

Gorgeous boho canvas art and DIY frame

Thanks so much for checking out this easy DIY! I love how affordable this DIY is and how any skill level can accomplish this design. Would this minimal frame style work with your decor? Let me know in the comments below.

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