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Wooden can­vas stretch­ers are a smart way to frame art­work—they cost only a few dol­lars per piece, and you can to­tally cus­tom­ize the size!


Wooden can­vas stretch­ers (avail­able at art sup­ply stores)

An­nie Sloan’s paint in char­coal (op­tional)

Plex­i­glas cut to size (Lowe’s or a glass store will usu­ally cut it to size for free)

Painter’s tape

Drill 1/16-inch drill bit

Cop­per tacks Ham­mer

Saw­tooth pic­ture hanger

Clear glue dots

1. Notch the stretcher pieces to­gether—they’ll fit to­gether snugly with­out glue. Tap the cor­ners un­til per­fectly square.

2. Ap­ply wa­tered-down paint, if de­sired.

3. Po­si­tion the Plex­i­glas over the back of the frame, and mark the holes for the tacks. Add painter’s tape over the cor­ners to pre­vent split­ting. Drill.

4. Tap in the cop­per tacks with a ham­mer. Add a saw­tooth pic­ture hanger to the back of the top.

5. Us­ing clear glue dots, po­si­tion the art­work in the cen­ter. Hang time!

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