About Faux Framing

Welcome to the Faux Framing system. Our template allows you to make unlimited cardboard frames for mounted and unmounted artworks. Once purchased the Faux Framing template is yours to keep, with 12 months access to the instructional videos on how to make your frames.

These DIY cardboard frames are particularly suited to paper craft artisans, to hang and display their work, and are an inspiring way for visual artists to see their artworks framed at a fraction of the cost of conventional framing.

Once the cardboard frames are constructed they look just like a traditional frame.  

The framing template is adjustable to custom size to your artwork. The Faux Frame caters for artworks up to A3 in size.  

An important part of the development of any artist is to frame their finished work. It helps push the creative process further and gives the artist confidence to decide when an artwork is finished. There is also immense satisfaction in finishing and framing an artwork.

However, the cost of regularly framing artwork can be prohibitive for many artists. The Faux Frame System gives you a way to frame as many artworks as you like given the low cost of making them. You can then then see how your artwork looks framed and push yourself to a higher level.

The DIY Faux Frames are made from light weight cardboard that are surprisingly robust once constructed. This makes them easy to handle so anyone can display their work in their home or studio. This lighter frame approach is especially good for renters to hang on temporary picture hooks.

When spray painted, they are not only able to be kept dust free, but you can easily compliment your frame colour to your artwork.

The template comes with comprehensive instructional videos that guide you through step-by-step how to crop, mount and frame your artworks. 

‘These cardboard DIY Faux Frames are a concept I have been developing and working on for more than 10 years for my own personal use. I have experimented with many designs over that time, and more recently have refined the design of this revolutionary DIY Faux Frame construction, which I am delighted to share with you.

When pioneering my DIY Faux Frame system, one of my greatest challenges was creating a cardboard frame, that looked professional, to display my pastel artworks in my studio. Unframed pastel paintings are hard to display, as they are so fragile. With the DIY Faux Framing system, you can now protect and beautifully display your pastel artworks, which in the past you may have packed away out of sight for safe keeping.

The Faux Framing system now makes it possible to create your own personal gallery of all your smaller paintings and artworks inexpensively, that you can professionally display in your home and studio.

I hope you enjoy these frames in your creative pursuits’. Cathy van Ee


Hear what other artists are currently saying about my DIY Faux Frame System.

“I am a papercraft artist and often make home décor pieces, cards and 3D paper sculptures that can be hung on the wall.   This new Faux Frame system will help me take my work to a much more sophisticated level. I can make a custom frame myself, for all my work.”

Tina W.

“When I first saw Cathy’s Faux Frames, I was blown away!   I couldn’t believe they hadn’t been put together in a framing shop. The spray paint finish is fabulous and the best bit is they are so affordable to make. How good’s that, to be able to paint an artwork, make the frame and hang it all by myself?”

Jodie R.

“Cathy’s DIY Faux Frames have completely revolutionised the way I think about my paintings. Quite often, I wouldn’t finish a painting, as I knew I couldn’t get it framed, so why bother going to the trouble of finishing it? Now I know I can push myself further, to finish every painting I start, knowing that I can frame it myself and display it.”

Kathie K.C.

“When I learned about Cathy’s DIY framing system, I thought this will be perfect for me, as it’s so light to handle I can hang all my artworks in my rental property without marking or damaging the walls. Now I’ll get to see and enjoy the artwork I love in my home.”

Samantha R.

There will be so many other uses that people will come up with and I hope you write to me and send me a picture to let me know.
Wishing you all the best with your ongoing creativity from start to framing finish. Cathy van Ee