Today I’m going to share how to frame a Mary and Martha tea towel. I’ve had so many requests for this post in the past two years since I shared the photo below.
When I discovered Mary & Martha, one of the first items that caught my eye was the Acts 2:46 tea towel! I immediately recognized the artwork of Lindsay Letters and decided that this tea towel needed to be on display! I purchased the tea towel, attached it to an artist canvas, and made a custom frame for it! That post is one of my most viewed since I began my blog four years ago! So here’s a step-by-step guide to show you how I framed the Acts 2:46 Mary and Martha tea towel.
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How to Frame a Mary and Martha Tea Towel
Stain or Paint of Choice
Wood for Frame: 1″ x 4″ (actual size is 3 1/2″ x 3/4″) finish board cut to sizes below.
Iron the tea towel. This is an important step – who wants wrinkles or creases in their artwork!
Spray your artist canvas with the spray adhesive – spray edges as well. Carefully line up your tea towel over the canvas so the image is centered. Apply light pressure once you have the tea towel where you want it. Make sure you don’t have any wrinkles or air bubbles.
Fold the tea towel over the edges and use a stapler to secure the tea towel to the back of the canvas as shown. (for example purposes, I used the other Lindsay Letters Mary & Martha Tea Towel. I’ll be sharing how I framed that one tomorrow. It’s a totally different method). Fold the corners neatly (like a package) and staple to the back of the canvas. I cut the fabric on the back to keep it neat. If you want to keep the tea towel for another project later, you can leave it as is because no one will see the back once it’s hanging on the wall.
Cut the 1″ x 4″ wood planks to size.
(if you don’t have a saw, Home Depot will cut the wood for free)
For a 24″ x 24″ inch frame opening you need 2 – 24″L and 2 – 31″L
Sand the cut edges of the wood and line up the pieces to form the frame. Use the mending braces at each corner joint where the wood comes together as shown below.
Stain or paint your frame. For this frame, I used a simple, black acrylic craft paint. Paint both the inside and outside edges.
Once the stain or paint is dry, put your canvas inside the frame. It should be a snug fit. I didn’t do anything further to secure the canvas to the frame. But, if you wanted to make it more secure, you could use a staple gun to staple through the canvas edge and wood frame on the reverse. Finally, attach the sawtooth hanger at the top back of the frame for hanging.
Tomorrow, I’ll be back to share a little vignette featuring the other Mary & Martha tea towel that I framed using a different method. Stay tuned to see which type frame you like better!!!