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DIY Canvas Picture Frame

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I love taking pictures and one of my favorite subjects to photograph is my daughter, she is so photogenic.

Sometimes it seems like I can’t take a bad photo of her, all I have to do is make her laugh and then snap a shot of her.

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That is probably the reason that I have so many pictures of her, she just glows and radiates happiness.

Although it can be hard to choose which photos are my favorite, some stand out more than others and recently I had a photo put on canvas so I was inspired to create my own DIY Canvas Picture Frame to really make it stand out.  

DIY Canvas Picture Frame

It’s so easy to do and really cheap to make your own DIY Canvas Picture Frame.

The first step is to measure your canvas around all of the sides to determine how much trim you will need to create your DIY Canvas Picture Frame.

Head to your local hardware store to pick up a piece of trim, they have many options to choose from so be prepared to second guess your original choice about twenty times before making your final selection.

Once you are able to make a decision, head home with your trim and gather your supplies, it’s time to get started creating your DIY Canvas Picture Frame.

Using a Miter Saw, Cut a 45-degree angle off of one end first.

Then cut 18 and 11/16 inches off at 45-degree angle going opposite way.
Make sure you are cutting on outside of the line, account for the miter saw blade coming in at 1/8 of an inch because if you don’t it will mess up the measurement.
Now cut opposite side of the trim using the same measurement.
As long as your picture is the same on both sides of course, just measure to be sure.
Depending on where you pick up your canvas, it could very well be uneven and you may not even notice until you try to line up the trim.
It never hurts to measure obsessively when creating projects like this diy canvas picture frame, it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to making cuts.
Change the saw to the other side and set it to 45-degree for the next corner.
Measure to make sure the bottom is the same size.
Once again, you can never be too careful, some of these canvases are ever so slightly uneven and you would never know until you try to create a canvas picture frame.
On this canvas, it is the same on top and bottom but it would not surprise me at all to have a different size depending on which company you have ordered from.
I picked up this canvas from Canvas On the Cheap, it’s the 16″ x 20″ one, quite an impressive price for this size.
Luckily my entire canvas measured exactly as it should have, that made making this DIY Canvas Picture Frame so much easier.
Measure to make sure and then make the next cut.
I like to cut both long sides first, that way if you make a mistake you can still use that piece as the shorter side.
Cut the end to make an outside corner while your saw is still turned in this direction.
Measure distance between top and bottom next, this should be 14 13/16″
After you make the cut, turn your miter saw around and cut at another 45-degree angle.
Now do the same for the other side piece.
Line up the cut pieces on the canvas edges and if it lines up perfectly go ahead and brad nail those pieces down.
Your canvas is now framed and ready to hang on the wall or displayed on a table.
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Sunday 10th of June 2018

I'd love to make one of these.

LeAnn Harbert

Sunday 10th of June 2018

I would get a picture of my granddaughters.

Leah Shumack

Sunday 10th of June 2018

I have some pictures from our vacation last summer that could use a really nice frame!

marlene a harris

Sunday 10th of June 2018

sounds like fun hope i win

wen budro

Sunday 10th of June 2018

I love DIY and creating things for my home. It saves a lot of money and makes each creation special and unique.