Frame From Old Canvas




Introduction: Frame From Old Canvas

About: I'm currently studying Coastal Engineering, I'm crazy for miniatures and dioramas, and I see a opportunity of improvement in every broken thing.

I tried to make some melted crayon art and it turned out terrible. Everytime I looked at it, it hurt  ;D
I decided to disassemble "the artpiece" to reuse the crayons and recycle the canvas. Once I did that I realized the wood looked quite beautiful and that with some sanding it could look really great. It was a cheap canvas and so the quality of the wood wasn't good, but after a few hours it became the perfect frame for one of my drawings.

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Step 1: What You Need

- Canvas (from a failed instructable)
- Knife
- Sandpaper of different degrees of coarseness
- Oil or paint or dye
- Glue

Step 2: Disassembling

We first need to separate the canvas from the wood frame. Use a knife to carefully remove the staples without damaging much the wood.

Step 3: Shaping

Each canvas has a different shape. In my case I decided to round the borders instead of just sanding the piece. For that I separated the four pieces of the frame and used a knife to remove the surplus wood. After that, I took a #60 grit sandpaper to shape it with better detail (if you are a good wood carver you won't need it). Finally use a #150 grit sandpaper to make it smooth to the touch.

Step 4: Colour

Once it had the shape I wanted I thought of painting it, but I liked the grain of the wood so I thought it would look great dyed, varnished or oil finished. I finally used olive oil. It doesn't dye much the wood but makes it very smooth. Then, let it dry and sand it with #320 grit sandpaper.

Step 5: Stick It

Last thing left to do is to stick it. The glue I used is white No more nails (which is my favourite).

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    4 Discussions


    3 years ago

    New stretcher strips are so expensive that you can get them off thrift store/yard sale finds at huge savings. Just don't tell the seller that you are buying their dead auntie's painting for the WOOD!

    Pixie Puddle
    Pixie Puddle

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I agree its a fantastic idea I too have chucked a few away in the past, but in the future I would not be so keen, :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great idea. I wish I hadn't gotten rid of the few I had. :D