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The Great Wall Art Project

Today it's time to show how I converted a wall hanging into a faux stretched canvas type portrait (with a little help from Dad).

You may remember this piece here:


Mom and I discussed how to do set this up, because goodness knows we have enough wall hangings around the place already. Mom suggested framing it.

There's not a real good way to frame it, because I had to already tack it down to batting to keep the applique in place, and it's an odd size, so framing it would cost something (especially since the art supply store moved and we don't know where).

Instead we came up with the following idea, under the cut.

Step 1: Buy a pack of canvas art boards at Walmart (6 for $7). They're skinny but we'll take care of that in a minute.


Step 2: Look around in the garage until you find a piece of plywood that is about the right size, cut down to shape (note: you may need to buy a piece of wood for this step if you don't already have a garage filled with tools and construction material)


Step 3: Attach the canvas boards to the plywood (I used hot glue).


Step 4: Use some good spray adhesive in a well ventilated area like outside. This stuff is fantastic but also the spray means it gets everywhere and it's a bear to get off your hands. But it's really good adhesive.
Give a good coat to the art boards.


Step 5: Carefully place the fabric piece onto the adhesed art boards. Make sure there are no wrinkles. Smooth it out. There should be some overhang on all sides (you need this to make it work).


Step 6: Put on eye protection and borrow your brother's electric staple gun. (Not necessarily in that order.) Staple the overhang into the plywood backing. Your Dad may insist on helping you with this because he is your Dad.


It should look something like this at the sides, though we added more staples to make sure there weren't gaps or bulges. I can hear the horrified cries of quilters everywhere that I stapled my fabric into wood.


Step 7: Trim off excess fabric. (not shown)
Then it's time to add some hangers. The location where Mom wanted this to hang already had some hooks in the wall, so that settled some of it for me: I needed 2 hangers at a specific distance apart from each other. I bought a pack of these at Walmart and the nails are short enough that they don't get through the plywood and art boards into the fabric.


Step 8: Get your tall toothpick of a teenage son to hang it on the wall from the stairs so you don't need a ladder. (This requires lots of good planning and genetics; you may need a ladder)


Voila!

Yes, it will get dusty on top. So will a wall hanging. Them's the breaks. This isn't meant to be a priceless heirloom, and we wanted to display it. I mean, maybe someday it'll be a priceless heirloom, but for now we just wanted to have this where we could see it every day.

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