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How To Frame A Paint By Numbers Canvas

September 29, 2020

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Framing a paint by number canvas in a store bought frame isn't always an easy task. Here are a few great tips to make it easier to get it done.

How To Frame Your Paint By Number Canvas Text Pin

Several months ago, I wrote about my brand new paint by numbers kit. <---I got it here. 

I even shared a little bit of it as I dug into the process. 

And then out of the blue, I stopped. 

Cold. 

I'm not sure what happened, really, I just couldn't seem to find the time to sit and paint. 

Then several months ago, stuck at home, bored with games, Netflix and baking, my daughter asked me if she could take a crack at it. A teeny bit...a few brush strokes...then you can take over mom.

That was the plan.

Person does a paint By Numbers on a numbered canvas

As I'm sure you've already guessed, I never held that brush again. Once she picked it up, she was hooked. I can't blame her, it's a very, very relaxing, addictive craft. And I'm glad she had a fun distraction.

Honestly, I'm happy about the way it worked out, because now, not only do I have a beautiful painting, but I also have a gorgeous keepsake hand painted by my girl.

C'mon. What could be better than that?

Well, I guess having it framed would be nice.

So that's what I did. I removed an existing piece of artwork from a frame in my bedroom and placed those white roses inside.

And today, that's what I'm going to share with you. The quick and easy DIY. 

Now, I know you're probably thinking, um hello, that's a pretty straightforward process. Documenting it is unnecessary.

Well, that's exactly what I thought when I shared my paint by number ballerinas last year. And then the comments and emails came flooding in.

Everyone wanted to know how I was able to get that canvas into a standard store bought frame. They're very thick and they don't fit well. I've explained the process more times than I can count.

Paint by number projects take a lot of time to complete and they deserve to be displayed, but framing can be cost prohibitive and hanging a stretched canvas doesn't fit into everyone's decor.

So I understand the desire to frame it in something you have one hand (like I did) or with one you pick up at the craft store for 40% off. 

Hence, today's tutorial. Hope it helps!

How To Frame A Paint By Numbers Canvas


Here's where I started...with a completed painting. Lovely.

It was still secured to the stretched canvas with the blue tape.

Using that blue tape is one of my best paint by number tips and tricks.

Of course, now that the painting was done, it had to go, so I peeled it away and placed the canvas face down on the clean kitchen counter.

Floral Adult Paint By Number

In order to make the picture fit, I needed to fold away the unpainted edges. If I had a matte then this wouldn't be necessary, but I wasn't matting this painting.

I could've cut away the blank portion of canvas, but that's tricky business and I didn't want to make a mistake and damage my painting.

The fabric canvas is relatively stiff, so all I had to do was fold it down along the edges and press with my fingers. I did that all the way around, making sure my corners were neat, like I was wrapping a present. 

To make sure it stayed in place, I added a small piece of blue painter's tape in each of those corners. 

Folding A Canvas For Framing

Now, it was frame time. I started by removing the backboard. To do this, I had to bend the metal clips up and away from the board.

Bending Frame Brackets

Sometimes this is simple and your fingers will do the job. Other times, the clips are thick and difficult to move. In those instances, I use a small flathead screwdriver.

Closing Metal Pins On  A Frame

Once the back was off, I removed all the papers and the old artwork and placed the frame face down on the table.

Then I cleaned the inside glass with a rag and some vinegar/ water to rid the surface of any debris or dust.

Glass Front Picture Frame

Then I placed my folded canvas into the frame. The glass isn't necessary, but I hate dust and I do think it protects the artwork.

Folding A Canvas For Framing

The last step was secure it in place by putting all the pieces back, checking often to see if the painting was still centered in the space.

I started with the papers and matte that had been there before and then I added the backboard.

Removing and Replacing A Frame Board

This is where the trouble with framing your own canvases usually comes into play. Most canvas paintings aren't framed under glass, unless it's custom, since they use an anti-glare coating and the artwork can really be seen.

Store bought frames have plain glass and are generally made for photos or prints, so the space allowed is narrow. Getting the bulk of the canvas tucked inside can be a challenge.

To do it, I put the board in place and then use a small hammer to tap it down until it sits inside and the clips are visible.

There was definitely less of the metal showing, since there was more bulk in the frame. To fix it, I grabbed the screwdriver and bent it back down to lock everything inside.
Getting A Backboard On A Frame.
I think you'll agree that it was well worth the effort.

How To Frame A Paint By Number Canvas

I took it into my bedroom immediately and hung it up. I think it looks great in the space and it definitely improves my nighttime view...since I have two custom commissions in there.

Green and White Cottage Style Bedroom

Of course, now I need to go hit up the Winnie's Pick's website and order another painting.

(I'm torn between this painting for Christmas and this one of the truck- even though it also comes in red!)

And I'll have to hide it from you know who. 

Better yet, maybe I should just get her one of her own. Maybe a custom one.

You know...in case.

What would you do?
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  1. Hi Kim. Happy Tuesday. I saw do both painting. They are both great. Great tips on the framing. I know a lot of work but it looks so pretty in that frame. It also looks amazing in your bedroom over the dresser. Gorgeous. Have a great week. xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much, Kris! I think my daughter really knocked this one out of the park. Of course, now I have to go buy my own…and one for her, too. I’m going to run out of wall space! Hope it’s a good Tuesday! xo

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  2. This came out so beautiful and it looks perfect in the bedroom.

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    1. Thank you Briana! I think the colors are perfect...just as I'd hoped.

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  3. Thanks for the instructions,i'm pinning them, in case i forget. I love the painting and the frame is beautiful, you and your daughter did a great job.

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    1. Thank you, Marlene! It really is a foolproof craft and so much fun to do.

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  4. This looks great in the frame. It was work but oh so worth it.

    Do you think you'll get to paint the new one, hmm, getting one for a present may be a good idea.

    Hugs,

    Cindy

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    1. I was thinking the same thing, Cindy! Santa may be bringing her one…and me, too. Although, I think I’m going to order one today, because it’s already feeling a little dark and grey here today. I know the walls are going to start to close in soon and it’ll be nice to have something creative to do this fall. You know…besides making new curtains and working on DIYs and blog hop stuff and…😉

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  5. How pretty. The frame really makes a statement. Like Cindy said, Christmas is coming.

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    1. Thanks Linda! And yes, hohoho...I think Santa's sack will be filled with some painting supplies.

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  6. Oh How Beautiful! A double treasure...a wonderful picture painted by your daughter's hand! Hope you are doing well! xo Diana

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    1. A double treasure indeed, Diana! Hoping you're doing well, too. xo

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  7. Did you say the truck came in "red"!!!! I could get into this...in my spare time *sigh*. I would definitely get her one of her own for Christmas...unless you're too busy and magically it'll get painted for you.

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    1. They do have the truck in red...I may need one in each color...and a bigger house to hang them in!! Ha!!

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  8. Kim, you are such a wonderful DIYer. You know all of the right things to do. The new pic is beautiful and perfect for your bedroom. Daughter did a good job. I am so lazy it seems that I don't want to do any of the hard work myself, only the fun part. I took mine to Ben Franklins and for 12$ had the canvas mounted to a foam board (I think that is what they call it). It is easy to move around and paint on (evidently I am all for easy). The two I have done so far have been put in the same place so I just have one frame and the canvas just fits in without nailing. I ordered from a different company than yours and it took the first two no time at all to get here, but the last one (because of Covid, they say) it took 3 months to get here. I was going to order another but couldn't remember the company name and when I googled it there were problems with deliveries and getting money back. I paid 11$ for the first two, than the third went up to 14$ which was still a good deal if you can get them now. My daughter put me onto another company that have some of the cutest ones I've seen so I ordered one from them. Will let you know if they are good when I get it. The same price as from your company. Sorry didn't mean to write a book..Stay well..xxoJudy

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    1. That board sounds like a great option, Judy…and you can’t beat $12. I don’t think we have a Ben Franklin around here. I’ll have to Google that. Please keep me posted about the new company. I love Winnie’s Picks, they’re very reliable and the products are stellar. However, it might be nice to check out some other designs and smaller sizes. At this rate, I’m running out of room. And frames!! Thanks for the book! Always love a good long chat with you!! xoxo

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  9. I just have to put my two cents in Kim. You did a very good job but you could have folded the canvas around a piece of cardboard to keep the shape stiff and then taped the white edges to the back. It will hold its shape against the board. And you don't really need the glass unless there is a lot of dust around. Of course if you ever want it stretched you can always visit me at Michael's ;) I too love paint by numbers but I went and picked a hard one by mistake so it will be a while before I do another one.

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    1. Thanks Mary! It's always nice to have a pro weigh in!!

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  10. Your daughter did a fabulous job with painting that lovely flower design. I can certainly understand why you cherish it so much! And it looks wonderful on your wall! The paint colors blend in perfectly with your room decor! I think I have that frame - it looks so familiar!

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    1. Thank you, Gail! She did do a good job...I love it. And you probably do have that frame, it's old, but it was a Michael's staple for a long time!

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  11. The painting is beautiful, Kim. You (and your daughter) did a great job. As far as ordering - get two. That's what my Enabler...I mean, my husband always tell me! lol

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    1. I have the same enabler over here, Ann! And I think you're right...two it is!!

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  12. so pretty!
    this was a fun post. I know a lady in Canada who has a wall in a lovely hallway
    that is filled with her paint-by-number paintings. all sizes! very different.
    but quite charming. they don't try to be anything but what they are. and I think that's part of their charm!
    plus... perhaps a nice winter past time to share with a sweet daughter! xoxo

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    1. Thanks Tammy!! We had so much fun with these paintings and honestly, I think it would only be more fun if were painting side by side!!

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  13. I think it looks perfect in the bedroom :)

    All the best Jan

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  14. Pinning.. thank you for the tips. And the painting is beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Carla! I love it and now it's a sentimental piece!

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  15. You and your daughter did a great job with the painting. This is a pretty one with the white flowers. I know it takes a lot of patience painting them as I remember doing as a child. The painting looks great in your bedroom and I like how you explained how to do the framing. I would buy both paintings Kim.

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    1. Thanks Julie! I love the way it turned out....and I just may have to buy both!

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  16. Kim, this was another great post and like others I enjoyed the idea and will be using it for our teen granddaughter's Christmas gift. What really got my attention was the curtains and rods in your room. I refuse to put any curtains up over my blinds until I found the perfect rods and curtains. I love sheer voile which I found on sale for $7.50 per pair for both 84" and shorter 63" which will go behind our bed. Love this simple look for such a simple cottage room as ours. Is it possible to get info or close up for the rods. I have white iron bed w crystal knobs but want a simple and hopefully inexpensive rod I like the look on your window. Thanks so much

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    1. Hi Cyndy! So glad you liked this post and that you like my curtains!! They are so old. I actually can't remember where I got the rods. I want to say either Home Depot or Bed Bath and Beyond. They are wood and have wooden brackets. I looked online and can't seem to find any that are wood with wood brackets. I will try to take a photo and post it! Hope that helps!

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  17. That painting turned out lovely and it looks great in the frame, hanging on your bedroom wall.

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    1. Thanks so much, Penny! I really love peeking at it at bedtime.

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  18. What I love about this post is the step by step guide!
    But then again... the painting is gorgeous!!!

    What a great way to be crafty and creative.

    Have you ever noticed all the wonderful Paint by Numbers there are in the Thrift Stores! I pick them up and take them home.

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    1. Thank you, Christine! My daughter did a great job. And I've never seen paint by numbers at the thrift stores. I need to keep my eyes open!!

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  19. That's a keeper for sure and I love the way it looks in the bedroom too. Those colors match perfectly.

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    1. Thanks so much, Michelle! It's a great way for us non-artist artists to get a pretty result.

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