DIY Foam Core Framed Canvas & Sharpie Art

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I think it is save to say I love hand script sharpie art.  There is something about it, I just love.  And in this case, I also love that I came with up with an idea for a DIY Framed Canvas.

They say that necessity is the mother of all invention – well I think the need for instant gratification is the mother of all craft and DIY ideas.

I recently had this idea to create a framed canvas – but there was one problem, I only had a small canvas in my stash and there was so much snow outside, heading to the craft store was a challenge.

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So, I did the next best thing – I came up with a way to DIY one – with foam core and leftover trim.

Here is how I did it.

First, use a ruler and an Exacto knife to cut down a piece of foam core to your desired shape.  Use a cutting mat underneath to protect your surface.

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Place your trim pieces on the finished piece of foam core and mark off the size with a pencil.  I did not use mitered corners, I kept it simple and used butt joints.

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Use a miter box to cut your pieces down to size.

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Stain or paint your trim pieces to your desired finish.  My pieces were scrap and already had stain on one side so I only needed to add stain to the ends and back side (which is visible in the finished product).  I considered doing it in black or gold – but went classic this time.  Next time though….

 

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Using your computer and printer, print out your desired words and font.  My font is Callie Hand and the overall size is 15.5” by 20”.  I printed it out one section at a time and then taped it together.

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Turn over the back and run a pencil over all the areas there are words.

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Turn it back over, tape it in place so it doesn’t move and then slowly trace all of your words.

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Remove the paper and there will be a faint tracing of all of your words.  Slowly and carefully trace and fill all the lines in with a Sharpie paint pen.

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The final step is to use a hot glue gun to attach the trim to the sides of the foam core.  I could not get a picture of this because you have to run one line quickly down and then put it in place before any of the glue hardens up – which is hard to get a picture of!  I lined up the back of the trim with the sides of the foam core so that it came forward to frame it out more.

And you are finished!

I love how the framing finishes off the foam core and makes it looks a canvas.

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If you would like to see any of the other recent projects I have been working on, you can visit my post on lessons learned in styling a bookcase or…

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Or a simple plate message board

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Thanks so much and wishing you a great day!

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Comments

  1. Laura, you are so clever. I was thinking of how great of a printer you are and how hopeless I am at doing it. Then you gave me hope — I love that idea and I can use any kind of print. Thank you for the tip I’m anxious to try it.

  2. :)

  3. I love how this turned out! I use this same technique on my chalkboards but instead of pencil on the back, I use chalk — works great! How do you print out your big words a section at a time? I’ve always been limited by the size and am excited to learn your trick! :)

  4. What a good idea. This is so affordable and versatile.Tthanks for the clear instructions too. Have a good day!

  5. I love this idea, how fun and so creative. Thanks for the tutorial. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party this afternoon at 3:00 PM. http://www.astrollthrulife.net. Hope to see you there.

  6. You amaze me with your Sharpie art! Always wonderful! Life to the full! Melissa

  7. Such a great idea! I used foam board for a polka dot art for my gallery wall. It really is a great “canvas”! Thanks for sharing and have a great week.
    Leslie

  8. I LOVE this!!

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