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Learn how to frame a canvas WITHOUT using power tools!  Now you can get the polished, finished look of a framed canvas without worrying about using power tools.

How to frame a canvas without power tools . Perfect for a gallery wall or picture collage.

I am so excited to be participating in my first Create with Me DIY Challenge!  It’s the neatest idea – you all (my fabulous readers) get to choose from 4 materials and I/we have to make something, ANYTHING out of that supply!!

{check out the bottom of this post to vote on next month’s material}

Last month, the readers chose a canvas.  Which, I have to admit I wasn’t thrilled about!  When I think of a canvas, I think of a beautiful abstract art piece full of life and watercolor paint.

And, I can’t paint.  Or draw.  At all.  It’s basically at a 5th grade level.  Embarrassing.

So, I knew I had to think outside the box for the canvas.  Any ole’ pretty art wouldn’t do, mostly because I couldn’t DO pretty art.

That’s when I came up with the idea of doing a framed canvas, without power tools!!  So many of the projects I do here on the blog require power tools.  And, while I’m generally okay with that, I know many people who either don’t have or don’t know how to use power tools (like me!!).

Well, you’re in luck!  You CAN frame a canvas WITHOUT power tools.

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First, start by measuring your pine wood against the length of the canvas.

How to frame a canvas without power tools . Perfect for a gallery wall or picture collage.

Using the pencil, mark a line where to cut the wood so that each piece is a little longer than the length of the canvas.  You want the top of each cut piece to be level with the next flat piece of the frame.

In other words, the length of each side of the frame is equal to the length of the canvas plus the width of frame piece.

How to frame a canvas without power tools . Perfect for a gallery wall or picture collage.

Once we had the pencil mark, we lined the mark up with the straight cut opening on the miter box (technically the 90 degree mark)and made the cut.

How to frame a canvas without power tools . Perfect for a gallery wall or picture collage.

Next, we used that cut piece as the template and marked all the other pieces to match.  (Since the canvas is a square, each piece is the same length)

How to frame a canvas without power tools . Perfect for a gallery wall or picture collage.

Now that we had 4 equal length trim pieces, it was time to stain them!  I love the Jacobean stain; not too light, not too dark.

Stain 5 sides of each piece.  The only side that doesn’t need stained is innermost side that will be touching the canvas.  Don’t forget those edges!!

How to frame a canvas without power tools . Perfect for a gallery wall or picture collage.

I let the pine dry overnight.  You don’t have to sand the pine at all because it’s a completely smooth finish!  That saves so much time.

Next, I grabbed my hot glue gun and got to work.  I covered the innermost (unstained) part of the wood with glue and stuck it to one edge of the canvas.

Remember, once you have the piece on it’s difficult/impossible to move without damaging the canvas so try to line it up pretty straight the first time.

Press firmly for a few minutes to make sure it’s adhered.

How to frame a canvas without power tools . Perfect for a gallery wall or picture collage.

How to frame a canvas without power tools . Perfect for a gallery wall or picture collage.

Continue the same steps with the remaining 3 pieces of wood and you’re finished!!

Now for the heart…

I simply drew a heart in pencil over an area we accidentally got some stain on and used washi tape to fill it in.  Make small cuts to the washi tape to get fill in the round edges of the heart.

I used this same washi tape for the pumpkin place cards and I’m obsessed!

Keep in mind, if you can actually make pretty art you can do that, too!!  Then have a gorgeous frame around it!

How to frame a canvas without power tools . Perfect for a gallery wall or picture collage.

How to frame a canvas without power tools . Perfect for a gallery wall or picture collage.

How to frame a canvas without power tools . Perfect for a gallery wall or picture collage.

How to frame a canvas without power tools . Perfect for a gallery wall or picture collage.

And, that’s it, my friends!

How to frame a canvas without power tools . Perfect for a gallery wall or picture collage.

How to frame a canvas without power tools . Perfect for a gallery wall or picture collage.

How to frame a canvas without power tools . Perfect for a gallery wall or picture collage.

It’s currently hanging (via 3M strips) under the DIY Irish Blessing Framed Sign.  I just need one more piece there to make that little area complete…

How to frame a canvas without power tools . Perfect for a gallery wall or picture collage.



Now it’s time to pick next month’s challenge material!!  I would be thrilled to use any of them so I can’t wait to see what y’all pick!

Hop down under the survey to see what the other ladies made!!  Hint: they’re probably better at “art” than me 😉

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Wishing you a joyful day!

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20 Comments

  1. Amy @ My Life From Home

    I’m not handy or artistic, so I can totally relate! I love your project and may need to trying framing something out with your method in the future! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Jenny @ Refresh Living

    I love the looked of the framed canvas so much better than without. I think I need to do this to the canvases in my home now!

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  3. Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

    Love the framed canvas, Sarah! The dark wood is perfect!! Love the fabric too! Hope you have a wonderful week, friend! xo

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  4. Shawnna Griffin

    hey girl love the heart! So pretty!

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  5. Kim Young

    Love this! And, I love that someone so creative feels she can’t paint – it makes me feel better! I adore the look of the frame around the canvas. Great, great project!

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  6. Michelle James

    This is such a creative idea! I just love it!

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  7. Samantha

    So adorable! Super creaive! I love the heart and where you put it on the canvas. I know it’s simple, but the placement is perfect and something I never would have thought of! So hard for me to think out of the box like that! The frame is perfect, too! Must try!

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  8. Lora

    This is a great idea, I’m not sure why I haven’t thought about it before!! Going to have to give it a try. Love the art you made, too 🙂

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  9. Sabrina

    What a cute little project. I love how easy and simple yet pretty it is. Thank you for sharing!

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