How to Quickly and Easily Frame Canvas Art | Pretty Handy Girl

How to Quickly and Easily Frame Canvas Art | Pretty Handy Girl

Are you guilty of hanging canvas art with no frame? (Yup, my hand is raised.) There are no longer any excuses for this behavior once I show you How to Quickly & Easily Frame Canvas Art. If you want to remain frameless and oblivious, close your browser now. For the rest of us, behold how easy it is to frame canvas art! Ready to get framing?

How to Quickly and Easily Frame Canvas Art | Pretty Handy Girl

We have a painting in our dining room that I love. It was created by my husband’s grandmother. I will always appreciate that I had the opportunity to meet her when she was still alive.  She discovered she liked paining much later in life. Being an art major myself, we would frequently talk about art when we got together. At the time I was a tight brushstroke and detail oriented painter, but I longed to loosen up and paint more abstract paintings. For this reason, I cherish this painting she made. Of course, you probably wouldn’t realize it by its state of framelessness.

How to Quickly and Easily Frame Canvas Art | Pretty Handy Girl

Gasp! Raw canvas edges. . . how could I leave it naked for so many years? In my defense, if you look at the painting straight on from across the room, you can’t see those edges. I know, that’s a lousy excuse.

How to Quickly and Easily Frame Canvas Art | Pretty Handy Girl

Let’s go ahead and cover those raw edges and end my shame right now. I had some leftover Timberchic planks from my pantry project that I was able to use for this project. (Disclosure: I was provided with the Timberchic planks for free in exchange for mention in my pantry project.)

Materials:

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Instructions:

If you are using Timberchic panels (or scrap 1/4″ material), measure the width of your canvas. Add about 1/8″ to the measurement.

How to Quickly and Easily Frame Canvas Art | Pretty Handy Girl

Rip the panels to the desired width. (I used 1″ widths)

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Line up one edge of your wood slat with the bottom of your canvas. Mark the other side of the canvas and cut the slat to size. Repeat for the top of the canvas.

How to Quickly and Easily Frame Canvas Art | Pretty Handy Girl

Remove the adhesive backing and secure the slats to the top and bottom of the canvas. (Or use brad nails.)

How to Quickly and Easily Frame Canvas Art | Pretty Handy Girl

Line up another slat against the side of your canvas. Mark to the edge of the previously secured slats.

How to Quickly and Easily Frame Canvas Art | Pretty Handy Girl

Cut the side slats and secure to the sides of your canvas. (Use brad nails or adhesive tape.)

How to Quickly and Easily Frame Canvas Art | Pretty Handy Girl

All done! Hang up your framed canvas proudly.

How to Quickly and Easily Frame Canvas Art | Pretty Handy Girl

That looks much better.

How to Quickly and Easily Frame Canvas Art | Pretty Handy Girl

To be truthful, the slats won’t line up perfectly if you use the adhesive tape. But, no one is looking that close.

How to Quickly and Easily Frame Canvas Art | Pretty Handy Girl

When compared to the before. . .

How to Quickly and Easily Frame Canvas Art | Pretty Handy Girl

. . . that after looks much more finished. Am I right?

How to Quickly and Easily Frame Canvas Art | Pretty Handy Girl

Do you have any canvas artwork that needs a little finish framing? Can you think of anything easier than this method?

14 replies
  1. disciplebo
    disciplebo says:

    This is a great post! For those who don’t have time, I have even a better idea. AC Moore has the Home Essential frames – they are $12 each. They fit the 16 x 20 standard size, thinner cut width. I got it done in less than 30 min and total cost for 4 frames was $45.00

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  2. disciplebo
    disciplebo says:

    I saw it from a mobile device. My 44 year old back can’t sit at a desk long lol. An ad or two cut off would help. But where there is a will, we will read your blog!!

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  3. Grace Gates
    Grace Gates says:

    This post inspired me to frame a canvas I had hanging for years without a frame. I used screen molding that fit perfectly. I stained, mitred the corners and used wood glue to attach. It’s perfect!

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  4. Carol
    Carol says:

    I hope you get rich from all of the ads that you have placed everywhere on this site. Probably a nice site if you could read it. I know that I sound hateful but really are a few pennies worth your soul??

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    • 7Susanna
      7Susanna says:

      How the hell do you think she’s able to support such a well done and tasteful blog. Jeez, you’re a buzzkill.

      Reply
    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Carol, I’m sorry you found the ads so obtrusive. The ads help pay for the large expenses I incur to run this blog. Did you know the server costs alone are almost $300 per month?

      That being said, I try to keep the ads from distracting from the content. I’d love to know if you are viewing my blog from a mobile device or laptop. And what was so distracting about the ad. There shouldn’t be any ads that takeover the screen (those would indicate malware on your computer.)

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  5. Carol
    Carol says:

    This will be perfect for my Wine and Canvas paintings I have done. I rotate them out by season. The edges are painted but this will give it a more finished look. And soooo easy.

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