Today, I’m sharing how to make a canvas scroll art hanging on the cheap. This is a great alternative to expensive framing for your favorite art pieces.
Recently, I made a spontaneous purchase of the cutest spectacled and bow-tie clad pig you ever did see. I saw the pig on a sponsored Facebook post and knew this little piggie would add just the splash of quirky and playful art that our playroom/bonus room needed.
Our upstairs bonus room is a hardworking room with multiple uses: playroom, blogging office, second guest area, and TV area. It is also the only room left in the house that I am not at least 75% happy with as far as decor. It’s been hard piecing it together since it is a large room with so many uses. Also, the girls’ toys – no matter how organized – never lend this playroom to looking anything like the Pinterest playrooms or the HGTV playrooms I see on TV. Sooo…I had kind of given up on updating the room for a while. At some point, we will repaint it. The red is the color it was already when we bought the house. I’m kind of over it, but not enough to take on the redo just yet.
But with summer break here and some extra time on my hands, I have felt a bit more encouraged to mess around up there on a smaller level – even chalk painting one of the bookcases.
But the pig was total happenstance.
It’s not the farmhouse style of pig that you see all over these days. This pig is more modern and loud and punchy which is a perfect fit for my house.
Confession…the Hubs hates him.
Second confession…I really don’t care.
This little piggy stays home.
I ordered the pig from Piggies Can Fly. I got the oil-painted pig for about $150. It seems a fair price given the large size (around 40 inches by 40 inches) and the fact that each piece is custom painted when ordered. I was even able to request certain colors.
On the ordering details, the website does state “frame not included.” However, from this wording, I was picturing an actual decorative frame. It made perfect sense to me that a decorative frame would not be included. When my art arrived two weeks later, I was surprised to receive a long tube. The painting was actually on an unstretched canvas which was shipped rolled up in the tube. I would have to have a wooden backing added to the canvas myself.
But…this pig meets all my requirements.
Fun? Quirky? Check and check.
I called the framing department at Hobby Lobby. Due to the large size, a wood backing would have to be custom ordered which would be around $150. This price did not include the labor fee from Hobby Lobby.
I almost snorted like a pig right into the phone. Another $150 plus?
I eyeballed the canvas for a good 10 minutes, considering some plans. I could hang it from a drapery rod and clips – kind of like a tapestry art. I could try to frame it myself, maybe adhering it to foam board. Or I could make a canvas scroll art hanging with some sort of rods or sticks.
I decided to attempt to make a canvas scroll art hanging since it seemed like a pretty simple effort. If this didn’t work, I would go with the draper rod and clips option.
I measured my canvas so I would know how long the sticks or rods should be.
Off to Lowe’s I went. I picked up two 48-inch dowel rods for less than $5.
Back at home, I heated up my hot glue gun and found my jute rope.
In about 15 minutes, I had turned the art into a scroll canvas by simply turning the top and bottom edges in about 1.5 inches and hot gluing them down to form little rod pockets. I lost a bit of the canvas, of course, by making these pocket hems, so I had to eyeball the painting and make sure I wasn’t going to lose any of the art when I folded back the canvas.
This isn’t pictured, but I placed pieces of Scotch tape down along the hem before coming along with the hot glue – just to help keep the fold in place.
Once the rods were in, I wound one long piece of string around each side of the top dowel.
Who knew I would wake up on this day and figure out how to make a canvas scroll art hanging?
This is how I first hung it up.
I liked it okay. The rods could have been stained a darker color or painted a bright color. My husband pointed out the rods could be trimmed to where they don’t show at all, making it look truly scroll like. Also, I could insert small hooks – into the ends of the top rod and tie the string that way rather than just winding it around the rod like I have done.
After a few minor adjustments, I decided I like this look best – with the bottom rod trimmed just a few inches to make it flush with the canvas. It doesn’t show now and just seems a bit more polished this way. The only purpose of the bottom rod is to weigh down the canvas to help keep it flat to the wall.
The top rod was trimmed only a bit but we decided to not use eye hooks as the Hubs was afraid the thin wood might split. So the jute string is tightly wound on both edges of the top rod to make the hanger.
It wasn’t my plan to make a canvas scroll art hanging, but it works in this space. This room is extra cozy now for play time, work time, guest time…and nap time!
And this pig really does add to the playful and casual vibe of the room.