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Easy Wall Art Project – How To Wrap A Canvas With Fabric

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, relaxation, and for decorative prettiness. I love projects that turn trash into timeless treasures, and that’s what I did today.

fabric covered canvas wall art

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 leftover 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 found by the dumpster
– a little white paint to cover canvas imperfections
– pillowcase 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

  1. Cut fabric by placing your canvas or stretched frame above it and leaving about an inch of material on each side.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

Elayna is a single mom of 4, an award-winning Storyteller, Story Strategist, and Student of Pain. She’s a bestselling author, internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, and 4x TEDx speaker. Founder of the Positive MOM® and creator of the S.T.O.R.Y. System: a blueprint to craft and share powerful stories that will transform your results, so you can have the wealth, opportunities, and freedom you deserve. Connect with Elayna Fernández at thepositivemom.com/keynote-speaker and follow @thepositivemom. To receive a gift from Elayna, click HERE.

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Lexie Lane

Friday 9th of May 2014

You make it look so easy! I know I would really screw something like this up but I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for the tips and tutorial!


Wednesday 9th of April 2014

Nice painting... Deserve to display... Anyways, i think any kinds of fabric can be used to paint... But i don’t know if it is?

Beautiful tips anyways... Thanks for sharing...

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Mommy Pehpot

Tuesday 8th of April 2014

this sounds easy and I have 4 canvass waiting for me :) I might try this out on one of them :)


Tuesday 8th of April 2014

This is very nice because some fabrics have a very nice designs and it is very easy to turn them into a nice wall decor.

Lexie Lane

Tuesday 8th of April 2014

I don't really know how to even work with canvas! This is great! Thanks for all the pics too!