Mounting stretched canvas paintings in wood picture frames

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Mounting stretched canvas paintings in wood picture frames
You can mount a stretched canvas painting in a wooden picture frame yourself. (Getty Creative)

Framing a painting yourself can be a good alternative to paying a professional framer---you will save money, and you can see your painting in its frame before you frame it, giving you the chance to change your mind and exchange the frame if necessary. If you have a standard-size stretched canvas painting, you can easily mount it yourself in a wood picture frame. The job can be completed in a few minutes, and doesn't require any specialised tools.

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Things you need

  • Stretched canvas painting
  • Backless wooden picture frame
  • Offset clips
  • Small wood screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Picture hanging wire
  • Strap hangers
  • Wire cutter
  • Awl (optional)
  • Ruler

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    Select a simple wooden frame to complement both your painting and your interior decorating scheme. Avoid overly elaborate, ornately carved frames---these frames tend to distract from the painting, and can look strange outside a formal museum setting.

  2. 2

    Set up a clean work surface. Set the painting face down into the back of the frame. Holding the painting in place, flip the painting and frame around to ensure that the painting will look good in the selected frame.

  3. 3

    Screw one offset clip into each side of the frame, at the centre of each side. If you have difficulty getting the screws started, score a small hole in the frame with an awl or a nail.

  4. 4

    Screw two strap hangers or D-rings to the back of the frame. Attach one strap hanger to each side of the frame, using a ruler to check that the two rings are attached at the same distance from the top. Divide the height of the frame by three, and use this measurement to determine the distance of the hanging rings from the top of the frame.

  5. 5

    Attach a length of hanging wire to the two strap hangers. Tie each end of wire to a ring in a simple knot, and bind the excess length of wire around itself securely. The wire should not be tight, but it should not be so loose that it appears above the top of the frame when the painting is hung.

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