Custom Framed Palm Wall Art

Today I am going to show you how to make a three dimensional palm canvas wall art with a simple modern frame.  Foam is the perfect base for wall art because it is lightweight and easy to cut down to fit any size frame. You can create custom frames at home for a fraction of the price of custom framing services.  Here’s how!

Supplies needed to make this project:

  • FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Sheet: 1/2 x 12 x 36 inch
  • 2 Square-Cut Poplar Wood Dowels: Size: 1/2 x 36 inch
  • FloraCraft® Foam Cutter
  • Faux Palm Stems
  • Wood Stain: Red Oak
  • Canvas Fabric
  • Staple Gun
  • (4) Wood Craft Sticks
  • Push-in Wall Art Hanger
  • Low-Temp Glue Gun & Glue
  • Pliers
  • Hacksaw


Using a foam cutter, cut the foam sheet down to 12 x 15 inches (or the dimensions of your desired artwork). Using scissors, cut a piece of canvas fabric to wrap the foam, leaving about an extra 3/4″ on each side.  So for the 12 x 15 artwork in this example, cut your canvas to 13-1/2 x 16-1/2″.

Lay the fabric over the foam. Fold the fabric over the edges and glue to the back of the foam base. Pull the fabric tight as you glue to smooth out the fabric.

Trim the fabric off of the corners and glue the fabric together to finish the edge.

Using a hacksaw, cut two pieces of the wood dowel to 13-1/4 inches. Cut two more pieces of wood dowel to 15 1/8 inches (adjust sizes for your project).  Stain the wood dowels with wood stain. Let the stain dry completely overnight.

Glue the frame together with low-temp glue. Staple the corners of frame together for strength.

Cut four craft sticks on a angle to support the corners of the frame. Glue them to the corners and staple to secure for strength.

Add glue to the craft stick supports inside the frame and place the foam canvas in the frame and onto the glue.

Using a hammer, add a push-in style wall art hanger to the top center on the back of the frame.

Cut and arrange the palm stems on your canvas. Add glue to the back stem of the palms and press them on the canvas.  Finish by spot gluing the leaves down to the canvas.

I hope you enjoyed this easy way to get a one-of-a-kind, custom tropical look this spring. I lam loving the pop of green and tropical vibe it adds to my home.

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