DIY framed canvas art under $50 + no power tools

WHEW! It’s been a while in the making, and we’ll just blame it on quarantine. Definitely wouldn’t blame it on Jackson forgetting to pick up what I needed for a couple weeks. (: Kidding! Y’all know I love my J. But seriously, it’s about to be worth the wait because I’m OBSESSED with the DIY framed canvas art I made for under $50. BONUS: You don’t need power tools! It’s so easy and I love how it turned out! Hands down my new favorite thing in our space.

Alright, let’s get started. Here’s what you’ll need.

DIY framed canvas art// supplies

canvas // skinny paint marker // chubby paint marker // clamps // gorilla wood glue // wood stains

DIY framed canvas art// how to
  1. Decide on what you’re going to draw or paint. I found some inspiration on Pinterest and then drew up a couple drafts on my iPad.
  2. Draw your art. Don’t worry about it being perfect, it will look amazing.
  3. Cut your wood pieces. Or get them cut. (: I used 2” thick pieces of wood. I had two pieces cut at 36” (the length of the canvas) and two pieces cut at 37” so it overlaps and makes a frame.
  4. Stain the wood. I used two coats of walnut stain and one coat of gray stain on top. Make sure you stain every part of the wood piece. You can sand down the ends and then stain if you don’t want the wood grain look on the edges.
  5. Attach the wood. Run a line of glue down the center wood piece. Stick it on the edge of your canvas and attach the clamps to hold in place. Keep them clamped for at least 30 minutes and then repeat on all other sides. Be sure to wipe the excess glue that might drip down.
  6. Hang. We hung ours with just one screw in the center. The wood adds a little weight, but nothing too intense.

We only used power tools to hang the art, but you totally could hang it the old fashioned way with a hammer and nails. There really was no need to use a drill to attach the wood pieces. J was worried it would split the wood and the glue is more than capable of holding the wood on. Just follow the glue directions on the bottle!

That’s it! It’s so easy and I am seriously obsessed with how it turned out. I hope this gives y’all a little inspiration and gives you an easy, affordable way to update your space. If you end up doing this DIY framed canvas art, send me a picture or tag me. I can’t wait to see how y’all add it to your home.



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