How to Frame a Painting Made on a Hardboard

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Things You'll Need

  • Four pine boards, 1/2-inch thick, three inches wide, 18 inches long

  • Band saw

  • Sandpaper, medium-grain

  • Sandpaper, fine-grain

  • Washcloth

  • Staple gun

  • Staples, 1/2-inch long

  • Waterproof latex paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Staples, 1/8-inch long

Frame hardboard art using basic craft materials.

Decorative artwork and photographs are typically slid right into standard picture frames purchased from a department store. However, it is difficult to find a frame deep enough to fit a painting created on hardboard, which is thicker than a photograph or piece of paper-based artwork. Frame the hardboard painting yourself by using a few basic materials that can be found at any hardware store. This enables you to hang up a beautiful piece of art painted on hardboard without spending a fortune on custom framing.


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Step 1

Cut four three-inch wide, 18-inch long pine boards using a band saw to the measurement of the outside edge of the hardboard canvas, adding on three inches on each end. Cut the ends with the band saw at a 45-degree angle.

Step 2

Sand all four boards using medium-grain sandpaper. This will remove any splintering, roughness and unevenness.


Step 3

Sand all four boards again using fine-grain sandpaper. This will make the boards smooth and sleek.

Step 4

Wipe off the boards with a washcloth to remove any sawdust.

Step 5

Place the boards into a rectangle with the right sides facing down. Line up the corners so that they are flush.


Step 6

Staple across each corner using a staple gun and 1/2-inch long staples.

Step 7

Paint the frame using latex paint, any color. Allow the paint to dry for 30 minutes or until it is completely dry.


Step 8

Place the hardboard canvas into the opening of the canvas facing downward, then staple around the edges using a staple gun and small 1/8-inch wide staples.


Paint the frame to match the painting on the hardboard.


Keep staple guns out of the reach of children.