How to Stretch Your Own Canvas

Can’t find the right canvas size for your new painting project?
Follow our guide on how to stretch your own canvas.Unknown

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Canvas fabric
  • Frame (built or bought)
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Gesso primer
  • Specialty pliers
  • Staple gun
  • Utility knife / X-acto knife

Steps to Stretch Your Own Canvas

  1. Build your frame or buy a canvas stretcher. A frame meant for stretching canvas will include pre-cut slats that help you easily snap the frame into place.
  2. Make sure you have enough canvas on hand. Depending on the width of your chosen frame, you’ll want enough canvas so when it lays flat, there’s 6-8 inches on either side extending beyond the frame. Purchasing unprimed canvas will make the stretching easier.
  3. Cut the canvas to your desired size.
  4. Center the frame. Before you begin any stretching, smooth the canvas once more and clean up any stray fibers.
  5. Begin the stretching. Take the longest side of the canvas, fold it in, and staple it down with three staples on that side of the frame. Now repeat this step for the opposite side. *Always staple in the center of the frame.*
  6. Now use your spray bottle to mist the canvas. This will encourage shrinkage as you proceed through the following steps.
  7. Move on to the shorter sides of canvas. Pull on the remaining canvas to ensure tightness, and attach it to the frame using two staples. Repeat for the opposite side.
  8. Now the corners are left. Begin with the side you started with in step five. Start from the center, pull the canvas tightly, fold down, and staple up towards the corner. Follow the same pattern you did for the center stapling.
  9. Staple the corners. Now you should have the entire canvas stapled save for the corner fabric. Fold one side down into a triangle as though wrapping a gift, then pull the other side down tightly on top. Staple 2-3 times.
  10. Double check your work. Inspect all sides of the frame to be sure the canvas is appropriately stretched and all staples are securely in place. If necessary, staple in additional, loose-looking places, or use a hammer to straighten unruly staples.
  11. Almost there. Let the canvas rest and tighten up over 24-48 hours, prime, and you’re ready to paint!

Top 5 Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid

1. Fail to Fertilize 

You can fail fertilizing in two ways: too much or not at all. Right in between is the way to go! Ask the expert at your local landscaping shop for the right kind of fertilizer for your yard, given weather conditions and what you’re planning to plant. It’s best to fertilize twice per year, in Spring and again come Fall. Always water your lawn afterwards, and don’t fertilize when the sun is very bright.

2. Don’t Overwater

Your lawn only needs about an inch of water per week, but also keep in mind the conditions of your lawn. What’s the weather like? It’s best to water during the morning hours so your yard and plants have plenty of time to dry.

3. Can’t Forget the Maintenance

You might get carried away with the planning and purchasing of plants, but don’t think the work is done once the planting is over. Most gardens need to be weeded once or twice a month. Part of planning your garden should be considering how much time you’ll have throughout the year to maintain it.

4. 360 Degree View, Night or Day

When you’re planning your new landscape, you might be standing in the middle of your yard, mid-day, imagining all the flowers blooming in their beautiful colors. But what about sitting at the kitchen table, looking out the windows? What about when the sun sets? The best gardens look great from every angle – even inside your home! And looking into lighting for your new landscape isn’t such a bad idea either. Who doesn’t want to admire their garden over a candlelit dinner?

5. Functional Beauty 

In the haze of planting beautiful flowers, don’t forget that you’ll still want to be able to use your lawn. What about dinner parties? Children running wild?  In the early planning stages, you’ll want to be sure your landscaping is just as functional as it is easy on the eyes.

Landscape Mistakes to Avoid

Custom Christmas

stockingWith customizable orders of any material, you have the freedom to create holiday decorations you won’t see anywhere else. Choose from canvas, burlap, or cotton, and let your imagination run wild.

When your children rush down the stairs before the sun has even risen, let them find their goodies (or coal) in a brand new burlap stocking you designed just for them. Our burlap is so durable your children will be able to keep their stockings for years and pass them on to your grandchildren.

5333471775_7df987bb69_b Have tiny handprints you want to preserve for years to come? Order strips of canvas, set out crayons, and let your little ones have at it. Stock up on an acrylic paint color of your choice, paint a little hand, and have them stick their imprint right in the center. You’ll have a long-lasting memory of those fun, wintry nights at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and can use them as placemats even when the season is over.

 

No matter what holiday craft you have in mind, Commercial Bag & Supply can help your wintry dreams come true with a customizable order that will last for years to come.

Canvas and Burlap Home Goods

After you’ve cleared away the wedding decor, recuperated from the reception, and returned from your honeymoon, you finally walk into your new home but notice something a little…off. The place seems kind of big and empty.

Have no fear – we can help with that! We’re not just going to split after your big day, no way! Commercial Bag and Supply is here to help make your house feel just the way you imagined it would with custom canvas and burlap home goods.

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Whether you’re after that chic rustic feel, or something more prim and proper, our team is looking forward to working on your order.

Here are just a few of the home goods we’ve created in the past, but we’re always up for a new challenge.

 

Canvas Home Goods

  • placemats
  • curtains
  • furniture coverings
  • painting canvas
  • wall decor
  • drop cloths

Burlap Home Goodsdog-bone

  • tote bags
  • wall decor
  • curtains
  • silverware holders
  • decorative pillow cases
  • table cloths

When you’re ready to warm up your home, remember to give us a call!

New Trend: Recycled Animal Feed Bags

If you have paid attention to recent trends over the past two years you know that thrift fashion has taken over as the new style embraced by both young and old. From hairstyles to clothing and lifestyles, the thrift wave has even caught on to the use of recycled animal feed bags as a thrifty replacement for grocery bags.

When you think about it, it makes absolute sense. Most tote bags bought by the everyday shopper are made from the exact same material as animal feed bags: polypropylene. Known for its durable and resistant qualities, polypropylene is a material commonly used in packaging, flood control, erosion, construction, and textiles. Given its environmentally friendly features, polypropylene bags are usually recycled and put to various uses. On the contrary, plastic bags tend to be messy, unhygienic, unreliable, and toxic.

Given that thrift culture is characterized by the use of recycled and second-hand materials, it was only a matter of time before someone ingeniously transformed their used animal feed bag into a thrifty grocery bag. The process is simple and instructions to make your own tote bag are easy to follow. The trend has caught on due to its fashionable style and eco-friendly benefits, sparking online interest with several do-it-yourself tutorials as well as dozens of pins on Pinterest’s recycled animal feed bags’ board.

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