Beefed Up Canvas

Remember those inexpensive canvases that my boys painted?  I grabbed one and hot glued it to a deeply framed mirror that I got at a yard sale years ago for $5 and then painted red and then painted white.

I found another stray painted canvas and dug out my $10 Hobby Lobby letter stamps and stamped my word on it.

My faithful hot glue gun helped me layer the canvas just on top of this frame I wasn’t using.  The frame has glass in it and I think  a photo.  But I wasn’t using it so now at least it’s being enjoyed.  When I’m ready for a change, I can just pop off the canvas and peel off the hot glue to reveal whatever is undertneath.  Oh the wonders of hot glue.  It really should win a Nobel Peace Prize.


  1. I love those!!! And with the use of the hot glue — perfect!! Thanks!

  2. This is a great idea! I have canvases all over the place that I’ve painted over the years, but I don’t hang them anywhere because I think they look silly without a frame, and I couldn’t think of an inexpensive way to frame them. . . super glue is an amazing idea :] Did it take any tricks to get the canvas into the frame? In the second dwell picture it looks too big, but in the last picture it looks almost flush with the frame.

  3. Love those. I would never have thought of that. Your so creative.

  4. Love it! Thanks for the inspiration.

    I must be your #1 fan! :)

  5. I wonder what the nominating committee would say if I group of us wrote about the wonders of hot glue? Too funny.

    Great idea.

  6. So cute and so easy too! And I love the lamp. Why is it I can always spy something in the background of your photos that I just love?

  7. I like it. You know if you ever have a garage sale and you advertised it on your blog, you might just have a few gals fly in just to be there. ;)

  8. I ablsolutely love this idea.

  9. Great ideas. My favorite hot glue gun story: my best friend’s college daughter called one day and said, “Mom, I have to sew a dress. Where’s the hot glue gun?” And then she proceeded to take a long swath of fabric, wrap it around her, glue it in strategic places, put on her stilettos and head out the door…

  10. More great ideas…thanks!

  11. LOVE them, such great and easy ideas! Im going to have to pick your brain once our new home arrives! Im really excited about my new “style” I am planning on using! Hope the little furry creature isn’t getting in the way of all your creative juices :)

  12. I love the “Dwell.” And I think hot glue is much more deserving of a NPP than some who have received it.

  13. Love it.

  14. I would love to see your “shop the house” storage room. girl, you have quite the collection of fun stuff! :] xoxo.

  15. hot glue rules!

  16. So beautifully imperfect and charming! Love it!!! Blessings!!

  17. I love it! That turned out great!
    Hot glue is my bff, until she burns 3 layers of skin off of my fingers. Then I have to put her in her box while I heal. :)

  18. That’s fun. I like it!

  19. That is precious! Love it! :)

  20. Hot glue and frames! I’ve gotten so many ideas for those two things from you! And I’ve gotten many, many compliments on the “framed” watercolors by my kids that I hotglued to the dining room wall! (My hubby wasn’t too excited about the hot glue, but it really does peel right off!)

  21. Love the little birdie egg!


  22. Leslie M says

    thanks for the dwell link. I needed to read that today!

  23. What a great idea! Love it!

    Mary Ellen

  24. Oh, I think an American Idol contestant should write a song about the merits of hot glue…I bet it would be a hit…at least bloggers would vote for it!!! HA.

  25. Nester,
    I just love your ideas! How easy that looks just hot glueing the canvas to the frame…by the way, I bought a hot glue gun just because of your posts! Haven’t used it yet, but you do give me inspiration! Thanks!

  26. loooovvvve it! great idea! thats why we call you the nester!

  27. I think you’re onto something about the Peace Prize. Good idea.

    And your word is “dwell.” I noticed it in the pics of your sewing day. It used to be “abide,” right? Both very, very good choices. :)

  28. What a great idea. I often see inexpensive frames at garage sales, thift stores, etc. This is the perfect thing to do with them! Thanks for sharing.

  29. You have such a terrific eye for what looks good… I love your Board and Batten idea, too!

  30. I have to thank you big time for featuring those Chalk Ink markers awhile back! I have this glass, black framed calendar (where you can see through to the wall color on the other side). I was trying whiteboard markers with it and it just didn’t show up very well or write very well and I was SEARCHING over the internet for some other good, fine point markers that would work.

    I was so happy when I discovered those Chalk Ink markers would work well on glass, so I ordered them, and they are MARVELOUS! I’ve never been a fan of having chalkboard in the house because of the chalk, but now I can use these markers!

    Thanks again for answering my decor dilemna prayers!

  31. Loving it! Especially the one with the canvas glued on top which allows you options in the future.

  32. I llove the idea of “beefing up” your canvas pieces. I am filing this at

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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