Because I have two amazing artists I call daughters, many would think I am a Frida Kahlo. I am surely NOT. I used to love drawing and painting as a child, but I had plenty of chores to do and plenty of businesses to run. It was very intense and, in those days, I would only use my creativity for monetization purposes… or to get A’s.
These days, I do art for fun, for relaxation, and for decorative prettiness. I love projects that turn trash into timeless treasures, and that’s what I did today.
If you have limited skills, a limited budget, and limited time, you can create stunning wall art using stretched canvases in about 10 minutes. Fabric-covered canvases look really classy and add your personal style to your home. I am going to use my left over fabric to make cushion covers so I can tie the whole look together. Here’s a step-by-step on how to wrap a canvas with fabric:
Materials I used
– old beat up canvas that my hubby found by the dumpster
– a little white paint to cover canvas imperfections
– pillow case of my favorite fabric that I bought on clearance for $2 when I was preggo and ripped the seams out in lightning speed today
Tools I used
– fabric scissors from my daughter’s sewing kit
– iron and ironing board we already owned and that I rarely use [lol]
– staple gun that we bought at Michael’s for $9 and included the staples
Instructions I followed
- Cut fabric by placing your canvas or stretched frame above it and leaving about an inch of material on each side.
- Iron fabric until it looks nice and smooth. Ironing is my least favorite chore, so I admit I didn’t do it perfectly – nor did I aim to.
- Fold fabric over the canvas and start stapling on the right, then the left. Continue with the top then the bottom. Stretching nicely can make up for inexpert ironing – he he. Get those corners!
This is a very basic project, but you can have more fun and create a collage with various frame sizes, embroider something pretty on the fabric, add buttons to make a pattern or letter, or hot glue a wooden letter, jewelry, or photo on top. You can even repurpose clothing like old t-shirts or baby clothing.
What easy, inexpensive, and fun home decor projects are you working on?