Have you ever picked up a piece of cool canvas art, but put it back because it was lacking something?  Well, I picked up this canvas on clearance a few years back, but something about it bothered the heck out of me-it was missing a frame!  Adding a frame to a canvas painting makes it look a bit more expensive and visually more substantial.

So I grabbed some scrap 1×2’s that I happened to have on hand.  I always have 1×2’s on hand because they are so useful in a number of building projects and they’re so inexpensive.  I had one that was a “common pine board” and one that was a “select board,” meaning it was of better quality and had less knots.  I wasn’t too picky since I was just trying this out, but overall it wasn’t that noticeable.

Do you want to build a simple DIY Canvas Frame?


Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 1×2 lumber or lumber that fits the depth of your canvas (mine was 2″deep)
  • Canvas
  • Nail gun and brad nails or finish nails and a hammer
  • Miter saw or miter box and hand saw
  • Wood Stain (optional)
  • Wood filler (not pictured)
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Sponge, spongebrush or paint brush to stain with

Here’s what to do:

  • MEASURE your canvas.  Mine was 30″x30″ square.  I usually use a transferrable measurement method, and just mark the length on the wood as opposed to using the tape measurer, but you do what works best for you.

  • CUT your wood.  Using your miter saw or miter box and hand saw, cut your 1×2’s at a 45 degree angle on each end and sand edge until smooth.  If you transfer your measurement, the short edge of the angle should match your measurement.

  • STAIN.  With gloved hands, grab your sponge/brush and spread the stain until you get your desired depth of color. Allow to dry.

  • ALIGN the frame corners together at the edge of the canvas.

  • NAIL.  Holding the corners together tightly, (a clamp or a second person may come in handy here) secure the frame to the Canvas using 1.5-2″ nails. Fill nail holes with wood putty and sand (optional-I didn’t, lol)

Repeat on the other three corners and along the edge of the canvas.

  • STEP BACK and enjoy your new and more expensive looking canvas!




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