A few weeks ago I tried my hand at something crafty…and it kind of worked! I had an old canvas from Pier One that I didn’t love, a bolt of fabric gathering dust, and some fabric paint…the possibilities were endless!
The supplies: wood-framed canvas, fabric, rotary cutter, paint and (not pictured) a staple gun and a potato.
It’s pretty self explanatory but here are the steps:
- Cut a piece of fabric about 3-4 inches bigger than your frame. It will need to wrap around the back to be stapled on all sides. *
- Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles. If you want the back to look more ‘finished’ then you could sew the edges…but who has time for that?
- Lay out the fabric with the right side facing down and place your frame in the middle, making sure it’s lined up with the grain of the fabric.
- Starting on one side, fold the fabric over the frame, making sure it’s straight, and staple every couple of inches along the whole side. Do the opposite side next, making sure to pull the fabric tight and even.
- When you get two sides done you will then need to deal with the corners, which I did by folding like I was wrapping a present (see below).
- Fold and staple the corners and finish off the sides like the previous two.
- Carve your potato into any shape you want for your stamp and stamp out your design!
*You could also just buy a plain canvas and stamp directly onto it. Too easy though, right?
I went for a very simple stamp and design but I was quite pleased with how it turned out. I was originally going to do a circular design but figured it would take a lot of measuring to get it right and I was too lazy. This took maybe an hour, start to finish, including ironing the fabric and everything. Perfect for nap time! I used a piece of paper folded in half lengthwise for a guide along the edges but that’s all the measuring I did…I kind of wanted it to be imperfect.