The beauty and patterns of mud cloth textiles are inspiring, however framing this beautiful fabric can be costly. With just a few tools and your favorite mud cloth fabric you can have an inexpensive framed wall piece in no time.
DIY Mud Cloth Picture Frame
By Laurie March
- Ideal for big framing jobs and pounding large nails into tough lumber with power and speed
- Patented IsoCore™ Shock Control System absorbs strike shock and vibration to reduce the punishment your body takes, transferring 4X less shock and vibration than wood handles
- Insulation sleeve captures initial strike shock before it can reach your hand
- Dual-layer handle features a specially formulated combination of insulating materials to dampen lingering vibration
- Magnetic nail-starter groove allows you to start nails with one hand in hard places
- Rip claw pulls nails quickly and easily
- Handle flare keeps the tool firmly in hand when swinging
- Softgrip® handle features a sculpted profile to fit the natural shape of your hand
- Patent-pending, strategic handle texturing features large dimples where fingers rest for maximum grip and small dimples where the palm rests to help prevent blisters
- Extended grip lets you choke up for added control when making precision strikes
- Head optimized for balance, weight and superior durability
- Forged, heat-treated steel is finished with a rust-resistant coating
- Tested to exceed ISO and international standards for striking tool durability
- Length: 16"
- Weight: 22 oz.
- Full lifetime warranty
- IsoCore™ 22 oz Framing Hammer (16")
- Ideal for cutting multiple layers and all-purpose cutting through thick fabrics like leather, upholstery, vinyl, burlap, suede, flannel and much more
- Amplify® technology senses blade separation when cutting thick fabrics and forces the blades back together for crisp, clean cuts every time — the floating blade tang transfers energy to the torsion bar which adjusts the blade to its optimal angle
- RazorEdge™ Shears feature ultra-sharp, premium-grade stainless-steel blades with a precisely honed edge that glides through fabric for clean cuts all the way to the tip
- Exceptional comfort and control provided by thumb and finger loops with ergonomic sculpting to fit the shape and natural movement of the hand
- Softgrip® touchpoints enhance comfort and control
- Protective sheath keeps the blades safe and protected
- Length: 8"
- Lifetime warranty
- Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Cutting Scissors (8")
Great for driving nail after nail on big framing jobs, this framing hammer features our patented IsoCore™ Shock Control System to reduce shock and vibration by 4X.
Designed to cut thick and heavy fabrics, these premium fabric shears feature ultra-sharp blades ideal for all-purpose cutting tasks
2 qty. pre-cut 1x2 board at 32”
3 qty. pre-cut 1x2 board at 30.5”
Glue Gun & Sticks
Cardboard & Pen
1. Measure the mud cloth fabric to determine how large the frame should be. You will want your frame to be a few inches smaller than the fabric so that the fabric can wrap around the frame. Don’t worry about any overlap – you’ll trim it later with shears. A 32” X 32” frame works well. You will need two boards that are 32” long, and three boards are 30.5” long. These pieces will make up the four sides of the frame, and one middle piece to help make the frame strong. Boards can be cut yourself or taken to a local hardware store to cut for a nominal fee.
2. Use the IsoCore™ hammer to nail a 32” board into a 30.5” board at a right angle. For the strongest frame, use two 2” nails in each corner. If you are using a softer wood, like pine wood, the frame may split a little bit. A little bit of splitting in the wood is fine and will not affect the frame.
3. Continue to use the IsoCore hammer and 2” nails to create the frame. Hammer in the second and third 30.5” pieces of wood on the opposite end as your first piece of 30.5” wood, and in the center as a support beam. This will look like a capital letter “E” when you’re done.
4. Lay the second 32” board on the open end of the letter “E” and hammer this last board into place.
5. To make the frame stronger, place a sheet of upcycled cardboard onto the front of the frame to create a surface for the fabric to mount on. Lay the frame down and trace the frame on the cardboard.
6. Use Amplify® Mixed Media Shears to cut out the cardboard in the shape of the frame, these shears are designed to cut through thick materials and will ensure clean cuts each time. Trim any edges to get the cleanest line.
7. Use hot glue to attach the cardboard onto the front of the frame to secure it. This will also help keep the pattern symmetrical on the front.
8. Lay the mud cloth fabric over the frame and decide which part of the design you want to show on the frame. Make sure it’s straight before you trim.
9. Flip the frame over and wrap the edges of the fabric around the frame. Use Amplify® Razoredge™ Fabric Shears to cut off the excess fabric, creating a nice clean cut on the thick, hand-woven fabric.
10. Use hot glue to adhere the fabric to the back of the frame. Fold the corners like you would if you were wrapping a present, and tuck the excess fabric down along the side. Glue into place. Use the hot glue gun to run a bead of glue along any edges of your fabric that are fraying on the back. It will help seal the edge and keep it from making a mess. Use your Amplify® Scissors to trim any stray strings. Hang or display to finish.