So if you’ve been following the blog for the last few weeks, then you’ve seen this post about the projects I was working on for the wedding.
Here is how I finished them:
Note: Amounts are based on two 7″x9″ signs
0.5 yards fabric (think cotton, sturdy blends)
3 yards decorative braid
2 12″ pieces of ribbon
Craft glue (Modge Podge or glue gun)
1) Using a staple gun, mount the canvas onto stretcher bars. I snapped a picture of my favorite stretcher bars for you- available from most local needlepoint shops.
2) Layout the fabric (lightly iron, if needed) and cut in half. Position the canvas on stretcher bars in the middle of the fabric and carefully fold the fabric over until it forms a straight line and covers the edges of the stretcher bars. Fold the corners like you would a present and staple the fabric into place. Be careful to staple close to the canvas, so that the decorative braid will lay flat and cover the staples. Repeat the process with each side.
3) When all 4 sides are covered, carefully layout and measure the decorative braid needed to ‘frame’ the picture. Start in the middle of one of the sides and lay a thin line of glue onto the fabric, careful to not get glue on the canvas, and to cover the staples. Let the glue dry according to package directions.
4) When dry, flip the frame over and attach one of the ribbons to the top corners of the frame to create a ‘loop’ for hanging.
Other notes: this really works best with a second set of hands- especially when folding the fabric and gluing the braid. Also, try and preserve the canvas, allowing the item to be ‘recreated’ post-event. I believe that Meghan has plans to turn these into matching pillows for their home… I used a craft glue that dried clear to try and prevent any damage to the canvas and just standard staple gun screws to try and make it easy to ‘deconstruct’.
And, my favorite helper!
Hope this is helpful- email me with questions!