Hiya friends! It truly has been what seems like forever since I last posted (well, it has at least been several months, and in 2020, that pretty much equates to forever – that was definitely what seemed like a never-ending year! ) But one of my resolutions for 2021 is to get myself back to posting projects I have worked on, so today I’m sharing one of my 2020 projects. If you saw one of my last few posts, you’ll recall that we renovated my daughter’s bedroom for her birthday (since we had to cancel our family trip). I wanted some inspiring artwork to put on the walls above my daughter’s bed, so I decided to create a DIY Shiplap Frame with Cricut-made artwork, using leftover scrap shiplap pieces from our DIY Office Remodel, and using canvas boards purchased from Amazon.
DIY Shiplap Sign Materials & Supplies
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- 1 – 8″ width shiplap 8′ board (total of 48″ needed per frame)
- 1 – 1×2 8′ board (one 8′ board per frame)
- Wood glue
- Miter Saw or Circular Saw
- Brad Nail Gun
- 1 1/4″ brad nails
- White paint
- 4″ paint roller
- 4″ foam paint roller refills
- Chalk paint brush
- Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air
- 11×14 canvas art boards
- Heat transfer vinyl or Cricut Infusible Ink
- Heat Press
- metal wire
- Adhesive robe hook
- Picture hanger
Shiplap Frame Instructions:
For each shiplap frame you are building, using a miter saw or a circular saw:
- Cut three 8″ wide shiplap boards to 16″ in length each
Using wood glue, glue the three pieces of shiplap together for each frame. Place the glue on the tongue of each shiplap board. Once the glue has completely dried, use the miter saw or circular saw to remove the tongue from the top shiplap board.
Next, using a miter saw or circular saw:
- Cut two 1×2 boards to 21 5/8″ in length each
- Cut two 1×2 boards to 16″ in length each
Use wood glue and a brad nail gun with 1 1/4″ brad nails to attach the 1×2 boards to the sides of the shiplap backing.
Once the frames were assembled, I used Heirloom Traditions paint in Cashmere (bright white) to finish the frames. I used the 4″ paint roller with a foam roller to apply the first two coats, and then the chalk paint brush to apply the final coat (using the stippling technique taught on the Heirloom Traditions tutorial on the brand’s website).
Once the paint had completely dried, I added a picture hanger onto the back of the frame, in the center of the top 1×2.
Lastly, I added an adhesive robe hook to the top center of the top shiplap board in the frame.
DIY Canvas Signs Instructions (Cricut Project)
Since I was creating these for my daughter’s room, I wanted some interchangeable inspirations signs to hang on the shiplap frame. First, I located some inspirational SVG files (or you can create your own). I found some on Designbundles.net and some on Etsy.
First, upload your SVGs into Design Space. Next select the HTV colors and/or Cricut Infusible Ink colors for your signs. I used metallic HTV and black HTV for two of the three signs I made, and then I used black and animal print infusible ink for the third sign (infusible ink works on canvas!)
I then cut the designs onto my vinyl and infusible ink and weeded the excess. I used my Cricut Heat Press to add the design onto the 11×14 canvas boards.
First, I cut, weeded, and adhered the Infusible Ink to the canvas boards.
I then made two canvas signs using heat transfer vinyl. I cut the designs using my Cricut Maker. I then weeded the excess vinyl, and adhered the designs to the canvas boards using my heat press.
Once all the designs on the canvas signs were completed, I then had to determine a way to easily hang the canvas signs from the robe hooks I adhered to the DIY shiplap signs or frames. I decided to use 20 gauge jewelry or craft wire. First, I used my Cricut piercing tool (similar to a weeding tool, but does not have a curve or bend in the tool, is just a straight pointy tool), to poke two holes towards the top of the left and right sides of the canvas.
Next, cut a 4″ length of 20 gauge wire for each side of the canvas. Thread the wire through the two holes, so that the ends of the wire protrude out the back of the canvas from each hole.
Using pliers, twist the ends of the wire together. Keep twisting the wires around each other until the wire is fairly snug on the canvas.
Once the wire is secured through the holes on each side of the canvas, cut off any excess wire, and fold the wire down so it is flat against the back of the canvas board.
Lastly, cut a 12″ length of string (I used embroidery string) or twine, and tie each end in a knot around the front loop of wire on each side of the front of the canvas board.
Finally, hang your DIY shiplap signs or frames on the wall in your preferred location.
Add your beautiful DIY canvas signs or artwork you created, using the string attached to the canvas to hang them from the adhesive hook on the shiplap frame. Now, step back, and admire your beautiful new wall decor or inspirational artwork!
The project was easy and quick, and added some beautiful inspirational art to my daughter’s newly renovated bedroom. If you already have a Cricut machine, HTV, and some scrap shiplap, this project is fairly inexpensive and can be done in a weekend! Is a wonderful quarantine project as the inspirational quotes provide a nice little pick-me-up after all the craziness in the world right now! Have some inspirational quotes you’d love to see on a DIY canvas sign? I’d love to hear them in the comments below! Happy crafting and building! Stay safe my friends!