Hi friends! Today I am sharing how to make your own The Family Proclamation to the World and Articles of Faith word art for $22! You can also apply this tutorial to frame any large item.
I am super excited to be dusting off the blog and getting back to sharing projects with you! We had a busy and hard year with renovating our new (to us, built in 1916) home, having a baby, and adjusting to life with 3 kids! I finally feel like I am back to my old self, enjoying my hobbies, and working on my favorite hobby – decorating our home.
We have many projects going on right now, but I wanted to quickly share this easy $22 The Family Proclamation and Articles of Faith DIY with you. To read a bit more about why these two articles are so important to our family, click here. If you are interested in more of our beliefs please check out https://www.comeuntochrist.org/.
- 1 – 4ft X 8ft X 1/4 inch sheet from Home Depot (about $14) for backing
- 30 feet – strips of wood for the frame (we used scraps we already had, ours are 3/4″ x 2″)
- Wood Stain – I used this DIY vinegar stain
- Nails and hammer OR Air Gun with nails or staples
- Gorilla 6202001 Wood Glue, 4 oz.
- Miter Saw* (if not available there is another possibility, see * below)
- Spray Adhesive – we originally used Elmer’s brand but found that after 12 months the adhesive stopped sticking. We liked this adhsive much better but it is less forgiving in repositioning your printable. https://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Basic-Crafts/Glues-Adhesives/Spray-Adhesive/p/24397
- Engineer prints from Staples ($3.50 each)
- Download these (FREE) Articles of Faith and The Family Proclamation (for personal use only please) and send them to Staples to print on 24X36″ engineer prints. This usually takes a day or two.
Head to Home Depot and have them cut your 4’X8’X.25″ sheet into 4 – 24″ X 36″ sheets. Home Depot will do this for free. You will only need 2, so split the cost with a friend and they can have the other two! You will also end up with 2 2ft square sheets if someone wants to make a frame out of those! This was the cheapest way I found, even with the excess!
*You could also ask Home Depot to cut your framing strips down for you, but keep in mind their cuts may not be as exact as you could do yourself at home and as a result the framing may not line up as well. Also, I do not believe they will do angled cuts so you will have to look at my *Option 2* below
Build your backing and framework:
Here is a little phone sketch of the two types of backing you could do to hold your frame together.
The first is what we did for our frames (I wish I had added a center brace since it is a little flimsy in the middle, so I added it to your diagram).
* The second sketch is an idea you could try if you don’t have access to a miter saw. Your frame will not be as sturdy, but if you do a good job attaching that top piece to the two sides (since the top will get the most weight because you will hang your nails under the lip of the top piece) it should do the trick. If you choose this option buy more than 30 feet of framing since it uses a bit more wood.
We attached all the framing using wood glue and staples in our nail gun. You could also use a hammer and nails. For all of your frame brace pieces, lay the wood down flat on the shorter side instead of upright on its taller side. Your outer frame should be up on its tall side, the inside braces should be lower than the outer framing so that when you glue your backing in place, the backing sits inside of the outer framing. See picture below since I did a terrible job explaining that :)!
We didn’t bother hiding the staples. I liked the rustic vibe they gave, plus I’m lazy like that.
Next use the frame to mark on the wall where your nails or screws are going into the wall. It is much easier to mark now before you glue the backing in place.
Now glue your backing in place by putting wood glue on all of the brace pieces. Place the backing on top. While the glue is drying, stain all of the framing pieces. Don’t worry if the stain gets on the backing sheet a bit.
Next apply spray adhesive to The Family Proclamation or Articles of Faith print. Lay a tarp, old sheet, or some type of protection down on the ground and lay the print on top, wrong side up. I did this on our table with an old sheet. Just make sure the sheet (or other protection) covers the surroundings in case of overspray.
Shake the spray adhesive according to the directions on the can. Be sure to hold your adhesive at least 12 inches away from the paper. If it gets too close it will “wet” your paper and leave wet marks.
Have a friend help you lift and flip the print over to lay it down on the backing. Carefully smooth out any bubbles in the paper by slowly lifting the edges of the paper and using a clean hand to smooth the bubbles out. You do not want to attempt this on your own. Make sure you have a second person for this part to get a nice finished product.
Hang your artwork on the nails you already marked, and placed, and you are done!
Easy peasy and SO much less expensive than anything else I have found for this large of artwork!
This project took us about 2 hours total.
If you have any questions please comment below!
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