The first time I wanted to frame a canvas painting, lady in orange, we had no clue of what to do. After watching several videos online, finally picked the process that worked best for us. From then on we’ve been on a roll, recently framed our 5th one! Guarantee you, it is really simple and works out much cheaper. So for those of you still vary of taking the leap, here you go.
The Canvas : Krishna Kerala mural painting that I finished long ago.
- First, pick your frame. Though Micheals has frequent sales and coupons we’ve never found a frame that we really liked in our price range. Maybe because we are into wider frames, at least 2.5 to 3 inches, which are hard to find in chain stores?
- We’ve had great success on Ebay, from the store Craig’s Hard Wood Picture Frames. Can’t rave enough about them. If you email them your order ID and request for hanging hardware they will even send it to you (along with the frame) free of charge. All our frames (4 out of 5, fifth one was Salvation Army find) were less than $50.
- We chose the ‘Barnwood Black Walnut 3.1″ Wide’ frame for its detail, rich wood tone, and width.
You can break the process down to two; attaching the canvas to the frame and adding the hanging hardware.
- To attach the canvas to the frame you need ‘canvas offset’ clips. If your frame doesn’t come with it you can buy it on Amazon. Usually a 1/4″ or 1/2″ (depending on the depth of your canvas and frame) clip will work. The screws come with the clips.
- Our painting was 22 x 28. So we used 10 clips; 3 each along the length and 2 each on the breadth of the frame.
- Once all the clips are attached to the frame, you’re all set for the hanging hardware. The hanging kit (available at Home Depot /Lowes) contains wood frame hangers, screws, and wire.
- Measure the length of your frame and drill holes at 1/3rd of the distance from the top (key for proper hanging) for the hangers.
- Cut the required length of wire and loop it through the wire hanger, wrapping the end of the wire tightly around itself.
- Now, loop it through the other frame hanger so that the wire is just one step short of being taunt as in the below pic.
That’s it. Now you’re ready to hang it. Ain’t that pretty simple?
We hung it on our upstairs staircase landing. The arrival of the Krishna marked our foray into decorating the upstairs. Apart from kids’ rooms we haven’t done anything upstairs as you can see….it is all still builder white.
Here is a shot of the painting as you walk up the stairs.
Another shot of it at night.
Hopefully I can find some time soon to paint at least the hallway!
Update: The hallway is painted but is still waiting for its reveal on the blog!