Step by Step DIY Reverse Canvas Tutorial

If you have been crafting in the last few months you've probably noticed that reverse canvas projects are all the rage.  Why?  Well, they are relatively inexpensive and give you a beautiful framed project for your home or as a gift.  Plus, you have some many options on canvas sizes and can really customize exactly what you want for your home or to give as a gift to someone else.  You can create a rather large finished, framed product at half the cost or less than what you might find at the store.

A DIY step by step  reverse canvas tutorial for Cricut or Silhouette users
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When deciding what type and size of canvas you want to purchase, it's best to measure your area.  How much space are you wanting to take up?  Will you place the canvas horizontally or vertically?  Will it hang on the wall or sit on a mantel or shelf?  Make sure to think about this before you purchase a canvas.

Next, shop canvases.  Most craft and hobby stores carry blank art canvases.  Amazon carries a ton of sizes of blank art canvases including sizes from 8x10 to 35x47.  That means you can even get really large canvases for inexpensive.



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A DIY step by step  reverse canvas tutorial for Cricut or Silhouette users

Materials Needed
Blank Art Canvas (in whatever size you wish.  Mine is an 8x10)
HTV Vinyl or Permanent Vinyl (I used HTV for this project)
Rotary Cutter
Self Healing Cutting Mat
Stapler
Exacto Knife



    

Step 1
Using the exacto knife, remove the canvas from the wooden frame.  Just cut around the outside of the staples and peel the canvas away.  You don't need to remove the staples because you will cover them up with the canvas again later.

A DIY step by step reverse canvas tutorial for Cricut or Silhouette users
Step 2
Paint your frame.  Use an acrylic paint so that paint won't wear out so easily.  It also dries fairly quickly so you can add an additional coat of paint.

A DIY step by step reverse canvas tutorial for Cricut or Silhouette users
Step 3
While your frame is drying, cut out your design using your Cricut or Silhouette.  If you use Heat Transfer Vinyl, you'll want to make sure you cut your design as a mirror image so the design is facing the correct direction.
A DIY step by step reverse canvas tutorial for Cricut or Silhouette users A DIY step by step reverse canvas tutorial for Cricut or Silhouette users

Step 4
Take an iron or Cricut Easy Press and press your canvas first.  {I didn't do this originally, but wished that I had later.  Just do it.} Next, place your design where you would like it on the canvas.  Use your iron and press the vinyl to the canvas.  You might want to use a press cloth under the iron just to ensure you don't discolor the canvas.  But if you have it at a low enough heat, you should be ok.

A DIY step by step reverse canvas tutorial for Cricut or Silhouette users
Step 5
Allow the vinyl to cool and remove the clear sheet.

A DIY step by step reverse canvas tutorial for Cricut or Silhouette users  A DIY step by step reverse canvas tutorial for Cricut or Silhouette users
Step 6
Lay your canvas down flat and place your frame over the top.  Use a pencil to trace around your frame.  This will help you know how much extra canvas to cut off.

A DIY step by step reverse canvas tutorial for Cricut or Silhouette users
Step 7
Using a rotary cutter and ruler, cut along your pencil line.  Your canvas should now fit perfectly behind your frame.  If it doesn't trim it a bit more until it fits.

A DIY step by step reverse canvas tutorial for Cricut or Silhouette users
Step 8
Carefully staple your canvas to the back of your painted frame.  You'll want to do your 4 corners first, your middles next and than a few more around each edge.  You may need to to pull your canvas a bit for a tight fit.  

Now you can simply hang up your canvas or set it on the shelf.  Reverse canvas projects are so simple and easy and great gifts for everyone.


A DIY step by step reverse canvas tutorial for Cricut or Silhouette users


A DIY step by step reverse canvas tutorial for Cricut or Silhouette users

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