So once you've picked out your print, follow this easy tutorial on how to stretch it onto a wooden frame.
Step 1: Supplies
- desired print (mine was on a pre-gessoed canvas, but you could use virtually anything, like an awesome cotton print)
- staple gun (light duty staples work great)
- wooden frame (I measured and cut four 1x1" pieces to the fit the perimeter of my artwork)
Step 2: Centering
Step 3: Stapling First 2 Edges
Now, we'll work the opposite side by doing the same thing. Find the middle, pull canvas taut from its underside, and staple.
Step 4: Stapling Second 2 Edges
Start with either edge. Pull material taut from underside and place staple in the middle of the wood. Continue to staple last edge.
With a staple in each of the four edges, we can now put a staple about every 3 inches down and around the entire backside of the canvas. Make sure to pull tightly on the material so it won't pucker and the front will be smooth and free of any wrinkles.
Step 5: Folding Corners
Pinch a corner with your thumb and forefinger and fold over to any side (I chose to have the bottom and top edges be the ones with the folded corner showing) With a little maneuvering, a 45' angle should appear. Next, fold this angle over and staple. Tuck down the other end of the corner into itself and staple.
Turn your work over to see how the corner looks from the front. This is what matters most in the end, so if the folded corners look funky in the back, but lie flat and aren't bunchy, you're golden.
Step 6: Finishing Off
Using a scissor or exacto knife, cut off as much material as possible without disrupting the area immediately surrounding the staples.