Canvas Wrap: How to Stretch Your Own Canvas

If you are going to be creating paintings, then you should make your own canvas wrap. This will save you the time and expense of having someone else do it for you. And, best of all, it is not that hard to do, but you may need some help

Step 1: Needed Items

You will have to purchase a length of canvas. You can select whether or not you want to have your canvas primed or unprimed. Next, you need to get four stretches. Stretchers are the pieces of wood that come together to make the frame. You will also need a rubber hammer, good staple gun and plenty of staples.

Step 2: Putting the Stretchers Together

Lay out the stretchers on the floor, and put the ends together. Lightly hammer the pieces together and make sure that they are straight. You may want to use a level to determine this.

Step 3: Cut the Canvas

Place the canvas on the floor, and lay the frame on top of it. Cut the canvas so that it fits the frame and that you have enough to fold over the edges of the stretchers. Cut off the excess.

Step 4: Stapling the Canvas

Make sure that the canvas is flat and flush to the frame, and then start stapling the canvas. Start in the middle of one of the sides and work your way out. You should only use three staples on each side, and these staples should be about two inches apart.

Then, move to the opposite side of the one that you just did. Pull the canvas as taught as possible, and then repeat the previous steps. Do the same for the following two sides.

Step 5: Stapling the Edges

Pull the canvas as tight as possible, and then staple the center of the corner piece on one side. You may need someone to assist you with the pulling. Then, do the same process for the edge diagonally across from the one that you just stapled. Repeat for the other two sides.