I think it is save to say I love hand script sharpie art. There is something about it, I just love. And in this case, I also love that I came with up with an idea for a DIY Framed Canvas.

They say that necessity is the mother of all invention – well I think the need for instant gratification is the mother of all craft and DIY ideas.

I recently had this idea to create a framed canvas – but there was one problem, I only had a small canvas in my stash and there was so much snow outside, heading to the craft store was a challenge.

DIY-Framed-Foam-Core-Canvas So, I did the next best thing – I came up with a way to DIY one – with foam core and leftover trim. Here is how I did it. First, use a ruler and an Exacto knife to cut down a piece of foam core to your desired shape. Use a cutting mat underneath to protect your surface. Step-One-DIY-Canvas Place your trim pieces on the finished piece of foam core and mark off the size with a pencil. I did not use mitered corners, I kept it simple and used butt joints. Step-Two-DIY-Canvas Use a miter box to cut your pieces down to size. Step-Three-DIY-Canvas Stain or paint your trim pieces to your desired finish. My pieces were scrap and already had stain on one side so I only needed to add stain to the ends and back side (which is visible in the finished product). I considered doing it in black or gold – but went classic this time. Next time though…. Step-Four-DIY-Foam-Core-Canvas Using your computer and printer, print out your desired words and font. My font is Callie Hand and the overall size is 15.5” by 20”. I printed it out one section at a time and then taped it together. Step-Five-Sharpie-Art-Canvas Turn over the back and run a pencil over all the areas there are words. Step-Six-DIY-Canvas-from-Foam-Core Turn it back over, tape it in place so it doesn’t move and then slowly trace all of your words. Step-Seven-DIY-Sharpie-Art Remove the paper and there will be a faint tracing of all of your words. Slowly and carefully trace and fill all the lines in with a Sharpie paint pen. Step-Eight-DIY-Framed-Canvas The final step is to use a hot glue gun to attach the trim to the sides of the foam core. I could not get a picture of this because you have to run one line quickly down and then put it in place before any of the glue hardens up – which is hard to get a picture of! I lined up the back of the trim with the sides of the foam core so that it came forward to frame it out more. And you are finished! I love how the framing finishes off the foam core and makes it looks a canvas. DIY-Foam-Core-Framed-Canvas If you would like to see any of the other recent projects I have been working on, you can visit my post on lessons learned in styling a bookcase or… HowtoStyleBookcases.psd_thumb.jpg Or a simple plate message board SimplePlateMessageBoardDecoratingIdea_thumb.jpg Thanks so much and wishing you a great day! postsignature.png