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I recently ran across a 5-piece canvas wall art set for about 15 bucks online. It was posted at such a low price that I couldn’t refuse, so I quickly placed my order and eagerly waited for it to arrive in the mail.
When it was finally delivered, the box looked a little too small to be carrying 5 finished framed prints. My suspicions were confirmed as I pulled the prints out of the box….
…all rolled up.
Hmm, what happened to the frames!!!???
I unrolled one of the prints and used various objects as weights to keep it from rolling back up, all while assessing the situation
…and then looked back at my order and realized I had made a BOO BOO
Dang it! (I then knew why it was posted at such an affordable price!)
Well no matter, I told myself that it couldn’t be THAT hard to make a few wooden frames for these canvas prints…and thankfully I was right. Constructing the 5 frames and then stretching the canvas over them to finish was actually a cinch!
Tools & Supplies:
- One tablecloth or sheet for covering the table (to prevent picture from scratching while laying face down)
- Chop Saw (Miter Saw)
- Some 1×2 or 2×2 pieces of wood (I used 1×2’s and spent $1 per foot)
- Staple and nail gun (my gun is both a staple and nail gun in one)
- Carpenter square to keep angles of frame exact
- Finishing staples (I used 18 gauge 1/4in long staples)
- Finishing nails (I used 18 gauge 1in long nails)
- Tape Measure
I prefer the overlapped look of canvas pictures, where the edge of the picture overlaps the sides of the frame
To do this I needed the measurement of the thickness of my frame. The true measurement of a 1×2 is actually 3/4 inches thick x 1 1/2 inches wide
So I used the 3/4in thick measurement to determine how much overlap I needed
I measured 3/4 inches in from the outer edges of my picture. The imaginary dotted lines show the measurements of my 4 pieces of wood that I needed to cut.
I cut my four frame pieces to size, then cut a 45 degree angle on all ends as shown
I assembled all 4 pieces together and then used the carpenter’s square to line them up correctly
Then I nailed the corners together. I used 6 nails for each corner (3 on each side) to make sure the frame would be sturdy
Time to staple the canvas to the frame.
By the way, if you have a two-in-one staple/nail gun, make sure to change out the nails with the staples BEFORE stapling, to avoid nailing the frame to the table…EHEMMMM, like I did…LOL
Flip the picture face down and center the frame
I found that doing the sides of the frame before doing the top and bottom worked best.
(It helped to pull the sides over to check if the picture was centered correctly)
Once it was centered, I stapled the canvas to the frame, starting in the middle and working out.
Then I did the other side the same way by starting in the middle, but this time stretching the canvas gently (but firmly) with my fingers. I secured with staples and worked out like before
I wanted the folds to be on the top and bottom, which is why I did the sides first
To finish the top and bottom, simply fold the canvas neatly like you would a Christmas present
Fold over frame
Then gently but firmly stretch and staple canvas, starting in the middle and working out just like I did with the sides of the frame
For a neater appearance you can staple the excess canvas to the inside of the frame
Add a hanger to the top of the frame
It’s ready to hang!
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