Making an Art Frame with Geneva Vanderzeil
A little while ago I made an upcycled art project but I’ve decided it needs a frame. Rather than heading to the shops to buy one, I’m making it myself. It sounds complicated but you’ll be surprised how easy it is to add a frame to a canvas.
To make your art frame, you will need:
- Slim timber moulding
- Mitre box
- Jig-saw or hand saw
- Liquid nails
- Wood glue
- Painters tape
- Wood stain or varnish
Approximate time: 1-2 hours
The project step by step
Step #1 – Choose some slim timber mouldings that will fit your canvas. You’ll find a range available at your local hardwood store. Use a jigsaw or hand-saw and cut four pieces to roughly the size of the frame.
Step #2 – Using a ‘mitre box’ cut the ends of your timber to a 45-degree angle. Then go all around the frame marking and cutting as you go to ensure they are the right size.
Step #3 – Glue your four pieces of timber to the canvas. Use liquid nails for the main section and wood glue for the ends of the timber.
Step #4 – For a finished look, use a clear varnish or wood stain on your frame. I’ve opted for a stain to match the décor in my studio. Be sure to protect your artwork by covering the edges in painter's tape before you apply the stain.
Step #5 – Next hang it on the wall, stand back and admire!
This was so easy and seriously affordable project. And our framed canvas looks great!
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