Photowall’s DIY Frame Makes their Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night Canvas Print Even More Special

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh is one of my all-time favorite paintings. So, when I was offered a chance to order a canvas print or wall mural from Photowall, I knew there was a high possibility that I’d be a proud new owner of Starry Night. First thing I did was conduct a search, and sure enough, it was there. But, I also wanted to know what else this Swedish company has to offer.

Photowall sells canvas prints and wall murals in an array of categories, from gorgeous, colorful landscapes to scenes of fantasy to some of the most recognizable paintings by artists such as Gustav Klimt, Jan Vemeer, and Claude Monet. You can even order a canvas print featuring your own photographs and illustrations.

When you are ready to order from Photowall, there are a few decisions to make.

Framing options include receiving the canvas only (in a roll without frame), or the company will send you a do-it-yourself frame (29 mm thick) that you put together. I chose the DIY frame.

Your print will come with an edge: black, white or an extension of the painting. I personally think having the painting as an edge is nice, but I felt I’d lose certain details, so I chose a black edge. Click on ‘View in 3D’ to get a real sense of how it will look.

The final price point of your canvas is determined by the dimensions of the print. Adjust the width and height in centimeters – from a minimum of 40 cm, up to 150 cm. I ordered an 80 x 60 cm print (31.5 inches x 23.62 inches). You are also given the opportunity to crop the image, as you see fit.

My Experience with Photowall’s Do-It-Yourself Frame

In addition to the canvas print and assembly instructions, I received four (4) frame sections, four (4) corner plates, sixteen (16) screws, and a hanging clip with screws to construct a wooden frame for my print.

After placing the canvas cloth (print facing down) on a wooden table, I took one of the frame sections and removed the protective paper. A rather sticky strip is revealed, which you then line up along one edge of the cloth and position between the corners of the cloth.

Make sure that the “ridge” of the wood is facing the inside of the print. At this point, you’re supposed to smooth over the cloth to the frame piece, but I didn’t just yet (too nervous to commit to the stickiness). Repeat this step for the rest of the frame sections.

Next, fold the corners of the cloth towards the tape of the frame sections.

Once complete, start turning the frame sections (one by one) inwards.

For me, the last one was the tightest fit, but with a little muscle…everything eventually comes into place. I did put the frame together with my mother, which helped keep the wooden pieces nicely aligned.

Line up the corner plates to the holes in the frames. Insert the screws and gently turn into place. Once the four corner plates are attached, go back and tighten all of the screws. You will notice that the canvas cloth becomes tensioned and the frame starts to come tighter together.

Now, I did have to redo two corners because after flipping over the finished product, I noticed that I did not position the canvas cloth to the very edge of one of the frames, which meant I could see a faint (but noticeable-to-me) sliver of the black border. I was able to peel the sticky adhesive and reposition to the edge after unscrewing two corner plates.

All in all, I say that a DIY frame takes about 20 minutes to complete. I suggest having someone help you to save time lining up everything and tightening the screws on the corner plates.

Also, Photowall has a handy YouTube video that shows exactly how to construct the frame.

High Quality Art Wall Prints

Photowall prints are eco-friendly (made from high-quality, pure cotton), fire-retardant, and resistant to fading in sunlight. The colors are bold, and I’m just so pleased with the Starry Night print that I received. To me, the DIY frame makes a Photowall purchase even more special because you can play a role in constructing a part of your painting, photo, or print. It gave me a sense of accomplishment, and if you have children, it’s a nice project for the two of you to do together. I wish I would have waited for my nephew so that he could have helped construct the frame. He was mesmerized by the painting, and since his class went over it in school, he was eager to discuss and analyze some of the details with me.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary canvas print in exchange for sharing my 100% honest thoughts and experience.

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34 thoughts on “Photowall’s DIY Frame Makes their Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night Canvas Print Even More Special”

  1. Andrea says:

    Wow, that is really neat how you assemble it. The print looks great!

  2. Clint says:

    I have never heard of these and didn’t realize you could put them together like this. Checking out other designs now! It turned out great.

  3. Loving the quality of the print and canvas! Must look really nice hung up! xo, Suzanne

  4. The quality of the print is excellent! I like the idea of a DIY frame to save money, you and your mom did a great job putting the frame together. One of my favorite artists is Van Gogh but mainly because there was an episode of Dr. Who where he was featured, lol.
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  5. Heather says:

    So neat! I bet it saves a ton of the shipping cost having the frame come disassembled. Your painting looks lovely.

    1. Yona Williams says:

      Thank you! Also, having the frame disassembled means that your prints don’t get damaged in transit.

  6. That is amazing! I love how simple it is to turn it into a canvas.

  7. CourtneyLynne says:

    One of my favorite paintings!!! I would love to hang something like this up in my office!!! It could match kndecor perfectly

  8. That is such a gorgeous print and classic picture. I have never heard of PhotoWall but now I’d definitely love to check them out.

  9. Tiffany says:

    I love Starry Night! I need to decorate my home with some art. I like that you can use your own photos too. I have some great photos from Hawaii I would like to frame.

  10. TColeman says:

    This is so cool! I would love to have one of my favorite prints like this in my home.

  11. Tami says:

    My brother-in-law has a copy of this beautiful piece. I am sure he’d love to mount his just as you have. I will have to do that for him. That is, if I can get a hold of his copy without him knowing.

  12. Christine V says:

    I really like that painting by Van Gogh, which I first saw when I was still in college. It’s nice that the canvass print comes with a DIY frame.

  13. Starry Night is one of my favorite paintings too! I also love van Gogh’s Starry Night over the Rhone. I would love to have replicas of both of them!
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    1. Yona Williams says:

      I like Starry Night over the Rhone as well – it’s very pretty!

  14. Nadalie says:

    Oh wow that’s so fun and it looks great. What a great way to decorate your home or office! I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Van Gogh’s starry night and it’s a spectacular piece and a great choice!
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  15. Shelley King says:

    You make this look way to easy! I am not creative myself but maybe with this kind of help I could do it. I have lots of pictures I would love to do this with. If I were to pick a painting though I would do The Scream. I do not know why but that has always been one of my favorites!

    1. Yona Williams says:

      Although I was nervous that I was going to mess it up, it was very easy to put the frame together and Photowall has an informative video to help. I really liked how sturdy the wooden pieces are. I like The Scream too.

  16. Fariha says:

    This is stunning! It’s a beautiful piece of art and it looks like it would really brighten up any room in my home. I would have thought it would be really difficult to assemble but that looks simple!

  17. Cyn Gagen says:

    Starry Night is one of my favourites and I would love to have this hanging in my house. I can’t believe how easy it looks to put together.

  18. Natalie says:

    Oh this is amazing! When travelling I sometimes get a painting without the frame all rolled up, so glad I now have an easy solution for framing my pieces!
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  19. Catherine says:

    What a fun way to decorate your house/dorm. I love Starry Night and could defiantly use some new art in my house and I love this idea!

  20. Sarah says:

    That is so pretty. I have really been wanting to get some canvas prints made, I will have to look into this option!

  21. tara pittman says:

    This would be great for a hot air balloon photo that I have. You make it look so easy.

  22. Leslie says:

    I love this DIY framing! We need to do this for so many pieces at our house. 🙂

  23. I don’t trust myself with DIY and I am always so afraid my frames will end up crooked! LOL

    I have seen “Starry Night” Wine Glasses and was so tempted to buy them but I really have enough Wine Glasses and Barware right now.
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  24. This is so cool! First of all, great choice on print! Second, I love that you can make a fun project out of the DIY frame!

  25. Beittany says:

    I love this tutorial, going to try it out with another print we have.

  26. Oh wow! How beautiful did that turn out! I need to try this myself, I would love to add some art to my house- beautiful and an easy DIY!

  27. Kayla Uimari says:

    This is so cool, and very easy to follow! Definitely going to have to try this out the next time I need to frame it!

  28. Starry Night is one of my very favorites and this is so very cool! I’ll have to check this out!

  29. Jenn says:

    This is so cool. I have been putting off framing a drawing for ten years. I kid you not, ten years. I need to do it already. I have never thought about a diy framing. Very interesting.

  30. This is great! WE have the same canvas print in our living room. We bought it 13 years ago when we got married! Still up in our house. We didnt get to pull our own canvas. What a fun item.
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  31. This is by far, my favorite Van Gogh piece. I never get tired of seeing it! I love this project. I think I will take your advice, and try it out to spice up my den area. Thanks for sharing this!

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