How To Frame a Canvas Print


A canvas print is one of the best DIY projects you could ever invest in. While you can easily design and order a canvas print online, you can also frame one yourself.

These modern design elements are sure to give your living space an uplift. Similarly, they’re designed to help you preserve those precious memories for years.

Once you’ve got your canvas print, the next step is framing it to perfection. And while that might sound like a difficult task, the reality is far from that.

The whole process is very simple and straightforward. And if you’re a DIY fanatic, you’ll surely get the hang of it quickly.

Here is your ultimate guide to framing canvas prints. With a few simple steps, you’ll be amazed at how professional the outcome appears. So let’s get right into it!

Before You Begin

The best way to begin your framing journey is to stay organized. Here is a list of materials and tools that you’ll require from start to end.


  • Your Canvas Print

  • A ready-made frame of your choice (Metal, Wooden, Floater)

  • Stapler

  • Staple Pins

  • Fastening Clips ( As needed)

  • Screws ( As needed)

  • Drill Machine

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How To Frame Your Canvas Prints ( Step-By-Step Guide)

To being the process, you need to have your medium ready to go by getting your canvas printed.

The benefits of canvas printing include giving your piece an artistic touch and adding a long-lasting durability, among others. And once you’ve printed your piece, it’s time to follow this step-by-step guide.

STEP 1: Measurements are your key to success

When framing, you need to make sure you’ve got the measurements nailed down to absolute perfection. Obviously, every art piece is different so be sure you’ve recorded the height and width of your canvas correctly.

It’s always a good idea to double-check to prevent any regrets later.

STEP 2: Purchase a pre-made canvas frame

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These can be found easily from the nearest hardware store down the block or an online craft store. They’ve got standard sizes depending on the type of canvas you’re using so double-check all measurements.

STEP 3: Place your canvas into the frame

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Place your frame in a facing-down position on a clean surface and flat surface. Now place the canvas into the frame with the printed side down.

TIP: Be very gentle when handling this stage. Rough forces may cause the decorated side to be scratched and damaged easily due to friction against the frame.

The canvas should be sitting down in a resting position toward the inner lip of your frame. Also, not all frames are the same. Some fit well while others tend to be on the looser end.

STEP 4:  Fasten the canvas into the frame using clips

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Clips come with the type of frame you’re using. They’re either screwed into place or fastened without the need for screwing.

For screwless clips, slide the pointy end between your canvas frame and the edge of the canvas. After that, pull it over the canvas’s stretcher bar.

Using slight pressure, push down across the clip so that it secures your art into place.

NOTE: Too much pressure can damage your canvas print. Also, be sure to add equal clips on each side of the canvas print.

STEP 5: Install screwable clips (offset clips)

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Offset clips require a little more work. They need to be screwed into the right position.

This is done by drilling holes in the canvas’s stretcher bars. Be sure to mark holes using a pencil on each side to provide a template on where to drill.

Next, set the clips into position and screw them tightly into place.

STEP 6: Turn your canvas print over and make adjustments

It’s the moment of truth. Turn your canvas print over to ensure your frame fits in a snuggly manner. If the canvas is loose or falling out of the frame, push the clips further to fasten them in.

TIP: A good frame should always complement the art piece without distracting the viewer.

Frequently Asked Questions About Canvas Framing

Do I need to frame my rolled canvas print?

Yes, if you want to display your rolled canvas by decorating it, you should get it framed.

Framing gives excellent protection to your art piece. Similarly, it adds a new depth of style by creating a beautiful, intricate, and refined border.

What are canvas frames made of?

When it comes to frames for canvas prints, there are several options available. You can choose between metal frames, wooden ones, and floater frames. While the first two are self-explanatory, the last one is usually unheard of.

Floater frames make the canvas print appear as if the art is floating within the boundary of the frame.

How much will it cost to frame a canvas print?

Expenses related to canvas prints have to do with the actual size of your design. Bigger pieces require bigger frames and hence tend to be more costly. But again, you’re looking at some very affordable options.

On average, canvases arising in the 24x18 design need a 1x2 common board. And that would cost around £3.5

Costs also vary depending on the type of frame material. Wooden frames are usually less expensive, so you might want to stick to them if you’re on a tight budget.

Can you display a canvas with framed art?

We’re big advocates for framing canvas prints. But if you choose not to, any gallery can feature canvases and framed art pieces together.

When you frame your canvas, your piece will appear more cohesive than something that arises on its own.

Final Words

Canvas prints are any living space's most subtle yet striking decor element. The way they manage to fill up a blank wall in the most beautiful of ways is magical. And by framing your canvas print, you’re just adding life to your precious memories so they can be cherished for years.

With these simple steps outlined above, you can be on your way to attaining stellar framed pieces in no time.

If you're interested in creating your own large canvas prints, you can upload your image on our homepage and order our ready-to-hang canvas conveniently.