RANKED: The 7 Best Ways To Display Your Finished Diamond Painting

October 04, 2019 4 min read 36 Comments

So you've spent the last few weeks (months) working on your Diamond Painting masterpiece. Now that it's finished, one question remains:

"How do I display this thing?"

People need to see your stunning artwork!

Fortunately, there are many different options when it comes to displaying a diamond painting, depending on your budget and willingness to get crafty! 

Based on our personal experience and feedback from our wonderful customers, we've created a ranking of the 7 best display ideas for your finished kit. 

Quick note on sealing your kit: As a rule of thumb, if your finished painting fits tightly behind the glass or plastic in your frame, there's no need to seal your kit. If you're using a method that exposes your diamonds to the air, you'll want to consider sealing it before mounting. 

7.  Glue Your Diamond Painting To A Blank Pre-Stretched Canvas

Budget: Medium 

Difficulty: Low

This strategy involves buying a pre-stretched canvas from your favorite craft store (or Amazon) and simply gluing your finished canvas onto it. The hard part is already done for you - no stretching or stapling necessary! 

Use a spray adhesive on BOTH the back of the painting and the blank canvas. When the glue feels sticky to the touch, place the painting carefully on the canvas, smoothing it down as you go and removing any wrinkles or bubbles. Let dry for 24 hours and you're good to hang!

Pro Tip: Find the proper fit for your painting by measuring the canvas after you've already cut off the borders. If you don't want a large border, buy a canvas as close to the measured size as possible.  

6. Apply Stretcher Bars To Your Finished Canvas 

Budget: Low 

Difficulty: Medium

For more of a DIY approach to mounting, grab yourself a set of Stretcher Bars. The instructions are super easy to follow and result in a beautiful display with some added depth. 

For more details on using Stretcher Bars, check out our handy guide

Pro Tip: Be sure to buy a size about 5 cm shorter than the canvas so that you have room to wrap.  We love the cool effect of seeing the diamonds wrapped around the borders!

5. Mount Your Painting To A Foam Board Or Cardboard

 

Budget: Low 

Difficulty: Medium

This technique involves a bit of measuring and cutting. Head down to your local craft shop (or Amazon) and find yourself a foam board. 

To create a flat, borderless painting, use box cutters to cut the foam board down to the same size as your canvas (not including the canvas border). Then simply glue your painting to the foam, making sure it's centered with only the borders hanging off. 

Fold the borders over the back of the foam board and glue the firmly down, making sure the canvas is tight to the foam board.  

Pro Tip: Cut a border for your painting from oak tag before mounting it to your foam board for a more 'framed' look. Alternatively, jazz up your border with some colorful washi tape and just tape your canvas right onto the board. 

4. Use A Poster Frame To Present Your Work 

Budget: Medium 

Difficulty: Easy

For a less DIY approach and more professional look, consider grabbing a standard poster frame from your local craft or hobby store.

Poster frames are perfect for framing large diamond paintings. They can be purchased in Walmart or Target for under $25. Just open the frame and place your diamond painting behind the plastic (poster frames are plastic - not glass). 

Be sure to flip the insert around and put it behind your painting before you put the back on so that any exposed borders will be solid white. Put the back on and you are good to go!

3. Find Frames At Your Nearest Thrift Shop

Budget: Low 

Difficulty: Easy

Who knows what ornate frames are hiding at your local thrift shop! Do some treasure hunting to find beautiful, affordable secondhand frames that match the size of your diamond painting.

2. Have Your Painting Professionally Mounted And Framed 

Budget: High 

Difficulty: Easy

Sit back, relax, and let the experts worry about it! Large craft stores have a whole section dedicated to mounting paintings, including diamond paintings. You can hand pick your frame and matte from an enormous array of colors and wood designs.

Because this option might be on the pricier side, be sure to look for coupons online. Michael's routinely offers 20-70% off coupons.

1. Buy A Traditional Picture / Photo Frame

Budget: Low-Medium 

Difficulty: Medium

At the end of the day, you can't go wrong with a standard photo frame. When it comes to quality and price, we recommend IKEA which has a huge selection of designs ranging from classic to modern. 

Pro Tip: Buy a frame that is closest to the size of your painting. Simply cut the matte with a utility knife and a ruler. Be sure that you are cutting straight! Measure in three places (ends and middle) and mark before you cut.

Some Tips And Advice 

1.  Although all of our suggestions provide wall to wall framing for your painting, you can choose to fill in any blank space on the top, sides or bottom with small photographs that are relevant to you painting, especially if it is a custom.  

2.  You can turn all options, especially the "do it yourself" ones into hanging frames by attaching a ribbon or rope to the frame.

3.  No matter which option you choose, including (and especially) store bought frames, ALWAYS glue the painting to the back of the frame to prevent slippage.  Diamond paintings are heavy and will start to fall inside of the frame with no glue or double sided tape.

4. If you're using foam or cardboard to mount your kit, consider using Velcro strips along the top and sides of the back to affix it to the wall. 

So there you have it! 7 amazing ways to frame your PWD.

Have you tried displaying your finished diamond paintings? Let us know about your experience in the comments down below!


36 Responses

Karen
Karen

March 03, 2020

Is it safe for the diamond picture to have the diamonds touching the glass in my frame,
or should I use a matting in front of it. I have an 11×14 to frame, and if I need a mat,
I will need to go a size up in the frame.
Thanks for any help you can give.

Tom Chekel
Tom Chekel

January 09, 2020

Michelle Farley

October 18, 2019

In pasted (used regular glue) one of mine to foam board, but it has curled upward (kinda like it warped) on the sides. What did I do wrong?

You did nothing wrong…it’s just the medium you used. Foamboard is not stable and over time it will usually “bow.” Consider alternative mounting mediums.

Linda Marsico
Linda Marsico

November 20, 2019

Can extra packages of diamonds be purchased?

Sandra D.
Sandra D.

October 18, 2019

G. Gilbertson, I’m thinking your idea is the best for my 80 × 140 cm peacock. Thanks for the tip!

Liz Felix
Liz Felix

October 18, 2019

I forgot about putting a sealer coat over my art. I actually used clear plastic laminate over the whole surface which bonded very well. I placed my art in a simple, magnetic, hanging frame. Beautiful!

Susan
Susan

October 18, 2019

Thanks so much for sharing all this info! It is very helpful!

Carol A Bennett
Carol A Bennett

October 18, 2019

Try Frame It Right. Very low budget, some measuring required, but is great easy to frame.

Sherrie Wallace
Sherrie Wallace

October 18, 2019

I mount my pictures to a thin board, then paint the board edges to match to bead color of the area. Makes it look like the picture continues around the side.

Michelle Farley
Michelle Farley

October 18, 2019

In pasted (used regular glue) one of mine to foam board, but it has curled upward (kinda like it warped) on the sides. What did I do wrong?

Kathy King
Kathy King

October 18, 2019

I have done about 14 now have 2 more to work on. Have always used stretch bars. But this info is very informative. Thank you

Ruth Johnson
Ruth Johnson

October 18, 2019

Great article, very helpful. Gave me the little extra info to reduce the anxiety! Thx!

Susan
Susan

October 18, 2019

Looks like I’ll be making a trip to our Thrift Shops. Thank you so much for great ideas on framing our art.

Barbara
Barbara

October 18, 2019

I framed mine in what is called a “float frame.” It’s basically a sandwich of two pieces of glass, with a hard frame around it. It looks really nice! I mostly did it that way because I couldn’t find the right size frame for it, but it turned out to be to my advantage!

Carol
Carol

October 18, 2019

I’ve made about 10 so far and have used frames purchased from Amazon.
The plain black brings out all the color. They have the odd sizes more than Michael’s. They have all ranged about $10.00 and it’s worth every penny. It’s too much work to loose diamonds from the paintings.

Jeanne Theunissen
Jeanne Theunissen

October 18, 2019

I bought pre-cut self-adhesive foam board, then my husband covered the edges with channel aluminium which he spray painted black.

Barbara
Barbara

October 18, 2019

I use Krylon sealer, glitter blast clear! No complaints, although I’m fairly new in this area. But the look is fantastic. I wish I had seen this sooner. I’m not very imaginative so it really helps to see this kind of information. I have already framed a few and hope they are good without the added care! So much time goes into these projects and I’ve completed several customs, that I want to take every care to preserve them.

Renee
Renee

October 18, 2019

I love to use thrift store frames. Select a frame that’s slightly smaller than the painting BEFORE making the dp. Apply diamonds only to the area that will show. Then you won’t have to remove rows of diamonds to make it fit properly. The sticky border also adheres nicely to the mat.

Jean
Jean

October 18, 2019

I ordered the bear but did not receive it. How come?

Brenda
Brenda

October 18, 2019

I can you make a pillow cover with any

Rita Lozon
Rita Lozon

October 18, 2019

Thank you for sharing your ideas for framing.

Kathy Donnelly
Kathy Donnelly

October 06, 2019

Great article! I also covered my custom with duct tape “frame”, sealed with Krylon clear gloss spray and hang with clear alt frame kit.

Debi White
Debi White

October 06, 2019

Thank you, for the free lessons on framing. Your Co. Thinks of everything. I’m so happy I found your paintings. It makes my retierment so much fun,and my sister’ also. Your happy friend, Debi White

martha angelino
martha angelino

October 06, 2019

go to GOODWILL and pick up cheap frames. Some come with mats that will match your pictures. Replace glass with clear plastic sheets.

Nancy
Nancy

October 06, 2019

Thank you so much for this info! It’s great to have so many options in one place for future reference. Invaluable!!

Lori Kennedy
Lori Kennedy

October 06, 2019

What great suggestions! Thank you for sharing!

Georgianna Horn
Georgianna Horn

October 06, 2019

I have completed 14 pictures and had Hobby Lobby frame all of them. Have been more than just satisfied, love them. Some of the pictures are matted.

Marilyn Maxwell
Marilyn Maxwell

October 06, 2019

I did the large (19.7X27.6Inch) Wolf with Weapon & dreamcatcher – let me say it turned out fantastic. I made the eyes golden-brown to match my own wolf. I used the poster frame did double matting with construction paper and glued the back of the canvas. First time I didn’t realize that it had to be glued and yes, it slipped.

G. Gilbertson
G. Gilbertson

October 06, 2019

I stretch the picture over a piece of 1/8” plywood and staple it in place. Then i made a frame to fit the picture and mount it in the frame. So far I have made three this way .

Nina Thompson
Nina Thompson

October 06, 2019

Thanks so much so these tips. I will definitely be using some of these tips.

Frances
Frances

October 06, 2019

I think that this was great. I have completed several small DP’s and I am now working on 2 large ones. I now know how I will be framing them.
Thank you these tips.

Alice E Sanders
Alice E Sanders

October 06, 2019

I have bought frames at yard sales and covered them with fabric

Debbie Simmons
Debbie Simmons

October 06, 2019

Some of the pictures are odd sizes. For instance 10 × 10. Where do you find frames that are inexpensive?

Leah McGrew
Leah McGrew

October 06, 2019

I got a premade frame 12×12 (I had smaller kits.) I got Hobby Lobby to measure and cut mat board to fit the pieces (I was framing 2.) I then took them home, went outside because at the time the only place to work inside was where the cats were, and taped the pieces to the mat board. Then I inserted the work in the frame. I let my wife gift one to her therapist and the other is hung in my kitchen/hallway. I want to take a few others and repeat, I have a few empty spots I could hang things from.

maureen sheather
maureen sheather

October 06, 2019

i have mine in a frame with glass brought from a bargain shop we have here in Australia for &7.99 30×40 very pleased with it

Michelle Harker
Michelle Harker

October 06, 2019

I purchase frameless frames that are called clip frames. You can order in any size and they are priced really well at some online stores. I use Quadro frames (www.quadroframes.biz) and then click on the clip frames option. You can purchase them in poly, glass, etc. It allows the entire painting to show with no real “border”. Which is especially great when you have a unique painting were a frame would ruin it (such as it has a “fake diamond painting frame”.

Lynn Anderson
Lynn Anderson

October 06, 2019

I buy the snap front frames from michaels, etc and border them with a good color by mounting the diamond painting on construction paper. I roll up a bit of tape and anchor the corners and middle and snap the glass right in and voila’ ready to hang

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