Step by step guide for mounting your own beautiful canvas wall art.

Learn How To Mount Your Own Canvas Wall Art

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My oldest daughter just turned 15 years old. This year in lieu of traditional birthday presents she wanted to re-decorate her bedroom. A few years ago we moved into a new house and since then her bedroom has lacked any defined decorative theme and she wanted a room to reflect her taste and personal style.  I get it, so over the past 2 weeks we have transformed her space into something we think would make even Martha Stewart proud!

One of the projects we worked on was a simple wall art project that we made for the largest wall in her room.

Step by step guide for mounting your own beautiful canvas wall art.
She is a huge Avengers fan and loves her some “Cappy” and Black Widow and we found a super neat piece of artwork she loved on Amazon. The price of $29.99 US dollars couldn’t be beat, but the artwork came unmounted. We looked into having someone mount the artwork for us and it would have been about 150-200 dollars and so, because we are cheap, we decided to do it by ourselves. Not only did we save quite a bit, but we also created a pretty memorable piece for our daughter and impressed her with our daring-do!

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So now I am going to turn things over to Jen’s Guy to share with you how to mount your own canvas wall art!

Materials needed

Electric drill

Chop saw (or a mitre box. Just make sure that you can get straight, accurate cuts.)

Screws (I used #6 by 1 and a half inch)

Wood (I used 1 by 2 inch lumber. If you were doing a larger job, you may want to use something thicker.)

Staple gun

Canvas Art Work- Understand that when you get the artwork, like with this particular artwork, it was 4 separate canvas rolls and looked nothing like the finished product you see here. You will need to apply some elbow grease to have it look like that, but don’t worry finishing and completing this project isn’t tremendously difficult.

Now Let’s Get Started:

First, measure your piece of canvas art. You will need both the height and width dimensions. If you are mounting a print, measure the actual surface area of the printed part of the picture, which should leave about a 2 and a half inch border to wrap around the frame. It is always best to measure twice and cut once. Once your pieces are cut, you should have 4 total pieces, one for the top and bottom and one for each side.

Step by step guide for mounting your own beautiful canvas wall art.

Second drill in the pieces together. You could also use nails, but a single screw at each joint will hold nicely.

Step by step guide for mounting your own beautiful canvas wall art.

When you are finished your frame should look like this.

Step by step guide for mounting your own beautiful canvas wall art.

Next, lay your canvas flat and place the frame on the backside, centering it with the desired overlap on each side. Wrap the canvas up over the side of the frame and staple the canvas to the center of each long side, one staple for each.

Make sure to turn the project over to verify that the picture is centered correctly before stapling the whole picture.

If you are happy with the centering, go ahead and staple the center of the canvas on the top and bottom, so each side has a staple, and is pulled taught. You may then completely staple around the sides every two inches to within 3 inches of each corner. Make sure to pull the canvas as tight as possible before you staple each side so there isn’t any slack in the canvas.

Step by step guide for mounting your own beautiful canvas wall art.

Next, fold the corners with the flap on the inside and the fold parallel to the corner. Place a staple in the three inches that you left previously, then staple the folded corner into place.

Step by step guide for mounting your own beautiful canvas wall art.

This particular piece of artwork had relatively small panels. For a larger piece of artwork you may need to purchase a special tool to help you stretch the canvas tightly. It resembles a large set of channel-lock pliers with a duck bill head. I however, am not that serious about stretching canvas for a living, so I made do without.

Step by step guide for mounting your own beautiful canvas wall art.

Our daughter is still so happy with this part of her birthday present and Jen’s Guy has already received several requests from her friends to make one for them as well. Maybe he ought to leave the IT world, and open an etsy shop. Those panels come in Star Wars too. . .

Jen’s Guy made me one extra frame for a super fun Fall inspired craft that I can’t wait to share with you all, so make sure to check back next week!

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      I was skeptical when Jen’s Guy ordered it, but he seemed to be pretty confident we could get it done. He said “If the yahoos down in the comment section can do this, so can I!” And then we did!
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      Thank you! I think you are right it probably would have cost about $150 dollars. Plus you can’t beat a homemade present from your Dad hanging on your wall, right?
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  1. They shipped it to you with the canvas not actually on boards. I’m still not past that part!!! I guess it made it way easier to ship and a lot cheaper, so that does explain the low price. Excellent job framing. You did save a ton of money. An already wrapped on to boards blank canvas that size would be at least $50. I’m impressed with your work here. Super impressed.
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      I hadn’t thought of that, but I just did share it over there. Thanks for suggesting that. We liked the price, but there definitely was some work involved. Luckily, Jen’s Guy was ready for the task. Now you and he can talk art canvasing when we ever do get our families together :)
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      I bet your Cassidy would! My husband loved doing this project and it was such a personalized gift to make for our oldest on her birthday. I think that made it even more special for him.
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  2. This is awesome! I would never have thought to DIY something like this. Maybe I will now!

  3. Okay that art is amazing. Seriously. At first I didn’t even realize it was The Avengers, and I thought is was a pretty little abstract watercolor. So cool!

  4. Love the art and thanks for the great directions on how to create a really cool piece. I am trying to become more handy and I think this will be a future project. (except we’re a die-hard Star Wars family). : )

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