from canvas to photo frame

From Canvas to Photo Frame

This is one of those projects that almost wasn’t.

The director at the preschool (don’t so many of my projects come from her?) found three more frames (and maybe more) that she asked me to modify into the photo clothespin frames like THIS on or THIS one.

Of course I would, especially with Avery out of school, I still want to be helpful and helping while crafting is a win win in my book. Plus I am semi professional in making these now, don’tcha know.

But these frames were much like the large one I found for Scott’s room in that the canvas was seperate from the frame, I tried to repurpose the canvas itself but it was so old and brittle that it just ripped if you looked at it too long. I knew throwing them away was not an option, and that is when I noticed the wood frame the canvas was stapled to…ideas, ideas!

I ripped off the canvas and threw that part away and then I was left with wood frames I could spray paint and turn into this:

YAY!! So the director gave me 3 frames and I brought her back 6 frames.


I like to be an asset. :)

I have seen ideas like this with frames, but I thought I would share how you can use a bound-for-the-trash canvas frame to achieve a similar look!

First rip off all the canvas, you don’t really need to take all the staples out, I like the rustic look.

Then spray paint it, you could of course do a bright color, but I know that the director is going for a more natural look for the classrooms so I did an off white color of spray paint I had in the garage.

 Turn the frame over so the back side is up and then add a small screw to the upper left and bottom right corners (if the upper right and bottom left work better for you than do that, they just need to be opposite corners). Don’t screw the screws all the way in.

Take your twine, mine is really thick and it still worked, and tie it in a double knot around the screw.

Then start wrapping it around the frame, keep it pretty tight.

Make sure you end with the twine on the front, coming around to the back of the frame by the second screw.

Here is a quick look of all the times I tied it, you just do it until you like the way it looks.

Cut the twine with enough left over to tie it.

and add another double knot.

This is optional but I wanted to make sure everything stayed since it was going to the preschool and would probably see more use than inside my house. I just took hot glue and ran it over, almost like a glue “staple” just to hold the twine so it wouldn’t slide around.


Grab some mini clothes pins and you are set to start posting photos, art, reminders, whatever!

Oh, and here are the frames I made, thought I would add a picture of those too.

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8 Responses to From Canvas to Photo Frame

  1. Jennifer June 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Great idea! I have a big frame I want to do this with! Thanks for checking out my little blog, Michelle! I love yours!


  2. Four Marrs and One Venus June 28, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    Super Cute- love the rustic look you did a fab job on these! So clever I tell you what- your amazing girl!

  3. Good Life Blog June 29, 2012 at 2:40 am #

    Looks good! I was just planning on doing this tomorrow!

  4. Helengrey June 29, 2012 at 3:41 am #

    WOW! Too cute. I hope you link up to Wild West Thursday. Hope to see you there.

  5. Jeannie @ Living Loving Crafting June 29, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    Cute! Like how rustic/farmhouse it feels.

  6. Recipes We Love June 30, 2012 at 12:16 am #

    Very cute!

  7. Christina July 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    great idea!! I love the frame & the finished look :)

    Thanks so much for linking to “20 Below Thursday”! :)

  8. Kara @ Mine for the Making August 24, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    How in the world did I miss these???!!! AMAZING!!