Decorate your walls with this fall-theme pumpkin print you can frame yourself.
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Download the Pumpkin Artwork and have the image printed at a copy shop. (We had ours printed on banner canvas at 26-1/2 inches square.)
The photo file provided allows you to print a large, high-resolution image. However, you’ll need to allow extra time for this file to download.
From 1/8-inch hardboard, cut a piece 26-1/2-in x 26-1/2-in. If you don’t have a saw that can handle this, a Lowe’s associate can cut the piece to size for you. Sand the edges smooth and wipe clean.
Apply an even coat of spray adhesive to one face of the hardboard. Center the artwork over the hardboard and press it in place. Press out any air bubbles and allow the adhesive to cure.
To press the artwork against the hardboard without marring it, use a laminate J-roller or a small, clean, short-nap paint roller.
With a utility knife, trim off any excess fabric around the edges of the hardboard.
For a frame with mitered ends, cut the 1 x 2s into four pieces 30 inches long. Miter one end of each board. Then miter-cut each piece 27 inches long on the outside edge. For a frame that doesn’t require miters, cut two frame sides 27 inches long and the top and bottom 26 inches long.
One secret to mitered corners with no gaps is to make sure opposite pieces of the frame are cut to exactly the same length.
For either frame, drill pilot holes, glue, and nail the corners together. (For the non-mitered frame, glue the ends of the top and bottom to the faces of the sides.) Use a carpenter’s square to check each corner and let dry.
To finish the frame, brush or wipe on a coat of white paint (Ultra White shown) and quickly wipe most of it off again to leave a pickled appearance. Let the paint dry completely.
Turn the frame upside down. Apply a thin bead of construction adhesive around the back edge of the frame. With the art facing down, carefully center and lower the hardboard onto the frame. (There should be about a 1/4-inch gap between the edge of the hardboard and the outside edge of the frame on each side.) Gently press the hardboard against the frame, but avoid squeezing out adhesive. Let dry completely.
Measure 6 inches down from the top on each side and drill pilot holes for two D-ring hangers. Screw the hangers in place and mount the art on a wall using drywall anchors as needed.