DIY Hanging Metal Art Frame—Three Ways

If you are like me, an indecisive decorator who changes my mind often, then I bet you will enjoy the DIY hanging metal frame project I have for you today.


  • Trim molding or other type of thin wood
  • Metal sheet (I used a 16 inch piece of single joist panning from the air duct/vent section of my local hardware store. It was only $6.78)
  • Tin snips
  • Wood stain or paint
  • Brad nailer/stapler
  • Twine

Rather than frame out the metal in the traditional way, I wanted to create a look similar to what Michelle from 4 Men 1 Lady did here.


1. Trim the metal to your desired length. I only made one cut along the bottom horizontal edge where I knew it would be covered by the wood. I wouldn’t recommend cutting the vertical edges since it would be difficult to make a nice clean cut by hand.

2. Trim four wood pieces to the same length—slightly longer than the horizontal edge of your metal. The wood I picked had a wavy design on it that I thought looked interesting.

DIY metal art frame

3. Sandwich metal between wood pieces and secure with staples. (I’m sure there are other ways to secure these pieces together, this is just the way I choose to do it since I had access to a brad nailer/stapler.)

DIY hanging metal art frame

My staples were a tad too long so I ground down the sharp edges on the back using a Dremel tool with attached metal grinder pad.

Metal Art Board_3

4. Drill holes, thread twine through and tie creating a loop for hanging.

5. Cover staples with wood filler and stain or paint the wood trim.

DIY Hanging Metal Art Frame

Now comes the fun part, showing you three ways to use this DIY hanging metal art frame.

1. Interchangeable Photo Frame

DIY Hanging Metal Art Frame

There are several companies out there that offer magnetic instagram prints, but since I already had some 4×4 instagram pictures (printed at Walgreens) I simply added some magnetic tape to the back of those—easy peasy. (On a related note, I recently started an instagram feed for this blog, I would love for you to follow along there!)

DIY Hanging Metal Art Frame

2. Office Organizer

DIY Hanging Metal Art Frame

In addition to being magnetic, this metal can also be used as a dry erase board – similar to the message board in my command center. Grab some magnetic clips and you can get some of that paper clutter off you desk. 🙂

3. Inspiration Board

DIY Hanging Metal Art Frame

This is the arrangement that’s currently winning in my house. It’s a great place to display seasonal printables. I originally planned to paint the metal. Right now I’m enjoying the metal look, though.

Now I have a bonus; three more ways you could use a frame like this…

4. In the kitchen: Hang recipe cards or use those magnetic jars to organize your spices.
5. Chore or morning/bedtime routine chart: Keep kids on track with one of these ideas.
6. Kid art display: Make one for each child and have a dedicated spot for their latest work of art.

So many options, I just love it! So what do you think? Should I paint the metal or leave it raw?

DIY Hanging Metal Art Frame

Linking up to: The Creative Corner, Home Stories A to Z, Frugal Crafty Home, Dream. Create. Inspire., Pin-Worthy Wednesday, Think and Make Thursday, Weekend Retreat, Create – Share – Inspire, The Inspiration Gallery, Thrifty Decor Chick, Pretty Preppy Party

4 comments on “DIY Hanging Metal Art Frame—Three Ways

  1. Your metal frame looks awesome Suzy! My favorite is the one with all the pictures. Great idea. Thank you so much for linking up your project with Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. I hope you are having a great week. Take care, Tara

  2. This is so great! I think I would love to hang pictures on it. So easy to rotate! I appreciate you linking up to Create – Share – Inspire Link party! Hope to see more of your fun projects!

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