Recently, we bought a home to flip. After all of the renovations were complete, I wanted to have wall art for staging the house. However, I didn’t want to allocate a budget for staging, as we were right on target for our desired budget. (All God’s people say: Wha?!?!) So, I decided to DIY Framed Canvas Signs and get the same look for a price I was more than happy to pay!
For all four of these DIY Framed Canvas Signs, I only spent $40. As I had some items on hand.
Things you will need
- 12 x 24 Canvas (find mine here)
- 1 in. x 2 in. x 8 ft. Furring Strip Boards
- Cricut or Silhouette
- 12 x 24 cutting machine mat (Find Silhouette mat here or Cricut mat here)
- Cardstock for creating cut file stencil
- Stain (Find the pictured stain here.)
- Paintbrush for stain
- Miter saw or Hack saw
- Nail gun or 1.5 inch nails and hammer
- Ultra thin permanent marker
Do you own a cricut or silhouette?
I wanted to be able to share with you too! So, I am offering these DIY Framed Canvas signs as Cricut and Silhouette stencils. This way, you can make them without having to take the time to download/buy the fonts and design them. You can grab the cut files/stencils here.
OR the other Step 1:
If you don’t own a cutting machine, no problem! You can also grab all four of these as printables, too!
Once you download this cut file, you will simply import the file to Cricut Design Space or Silhouette Studio. You can view how to import cut files to Cricut Design Space here – fast forward to 1 minute in to the video. View how to import cut files to Silhouette Studio here.
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diy framed canvas signs
Cut out your wording using your cutting machine and now you have a stencil for tracing onto your canvases! First, I traced the wording onto the canvases using pencil, so I could make sure everything was square and looked the thickness I wanted.
Next, I used a permanent marker to retrace the stencil following my penciled tracings as a guide. This way, I didn’t accidentally move my stencil during the process without noticing – that would be bad…
the diy framed canvases
When I was shopping for signs I wanted to recreate for staging this house, I stumbled upon framed canvas signs at Home Goods. However, they were $40 a piece and I wanted at least two signs.
I wasn’t about to pay $80 for artwork for a flip house when my own home already has artwork… Seemed wasteful. When I went back to remember what they looked like they were gone, so I was flying completely blind when I made these Christian song lyrics DIY Framed Canvas signs.
Honestly, all I remembered was that the font was in all caps and that they were Bible verses…
So, off to Hobby Lobby I went! And boy, was that a great choice. I found these canvases in a 2 pack for only $5.99 – regular price. So, I grabbed 2 packages of them, a fine tip permanent marker and a fine tip permanent marker.
**NOTE: You can also use vinyl on these canvases using these cut files; however, I preferred the look of a flush canvas for this project.
Next, I ran to Home Depot for 1 in. x 2 in. x 8 ft. Furring Strip Boards – you will need 1 board per canvas. The best part is they are only $.98/board! I also grabbed Varathane Jacobean stain at Hobby Lobby for these boards.
After the canvases were complete, my dad helped me cut all the boards to the correct size using a miter saw. You could also use a hack saw if you don’t have a miter saw or feel uncomfortable using a saw.
As you can see, I went with a rustic look for the frames. So, the boards were cut straight instead of on a 45-degree angle. We went long with the boards on the 24-inch sides of the canvas. Which you can see pictured above. For the 12 inch sides of the canvases, we cut them to just 12 inches. (Make sure your canvas is actually 12 inches before cutting your boards to 12 inches!)
Stain your frame boards! You can use a cheap paintbrush for applying your stain, then you can just throw it away when you are done. I gave each side and top and bottom a thorough coat, then used a rag to wipe off the excess.
Next, I let them dry overnight, so they wouldn’t stain my white canvases.
How to attach the frames to the canvases
Once your frames are cut and stained, you will want to nail them to your canvases.
I didn’t want the canvases and the frames to be flush, so I set the canvases in the center of the boards before nailing them together (about a quarter of an inch back). My dad and I used a nail gun (since we were flipping a house, this was readily available!) but you can also use 1.5-inch nails and a hammer.
Tips: First we nailed the frame boards together around the canvas.
Next, we nailed the nails into the canvas. (The canvas already has a wooden frame inside that you are nailing to.) Just be very careful to nail straight, so that your nails don’t go through the fabric your of canvases!
DIY Christian Canvas Signs
Whenever we sing hymns in church, I cry! Don’t get me wrong, I cry for contemporary praise songs too, occasionally, lol but hymns bring back childhood memories.
I remember singing in the car and in the kitchen with my mom and dad growing up and harmonizing. And, we rarely sing hymns in church, so that makes them that much more special.
I wanted God on the walls in this house, so everyone would see Him in the house. Not to mention, “It Is Well” and “How Great Thou Art” are classics!
handmade nursery canvas art
In the spare bedroom of the flip house, there was a chandelier. So, I wanted to stage the room as a baby’s room.
I just love this saying! So precious. Plus you can’t beat nursery art for less than $10!
Diy Framed Canvas Signs – Better Together
When my daughter was little, she loved the word “Together” and she would say it with such ENTHUSIASM. So, I have always wanted a sign that said “Together”. Plus, I am a Jack Johnson fan, so I chose “Better Together” for the dining room of this house.
diy framed canvas signs free printable
Grab your FREE “Better Together” Printable now! If you would like all four signs are available in 5×7 and 8×10, please find them in the shop here.
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**Please keep this printable for personal use, as they were not meant to be distributed. Thank you!
Affordable canvas art
Firstly, I am so thrilled with how all four of these signs turned out! Being able to make each one for less than $10 was a huge help to our staging budget.
Secondly, with these techniques, you can make your own cut files and design your home with DIY Framed Canvas Signs too.