Reverse Canvas

Reverse Canvas

ofWe have all seen the beautiful reverse canvases on Pinterest and Facebook, but how exactly do they do them? Well while the process is fairly simple it is time-consuming if you do it properly and if I’m going to work with wood I want to make sure I’m doing it correctly. So I recruited my husband who has some woodworking background. The first thing I recommend is buying multiple canvases, the reason for this is you never know what the frame is going to look like when you remove the canvas. Once you find a brand of canvas you like the frame of STOCK UP! I’m still on the lookout for my favorite frames, but currently, I’ve just been using canvases from Michaels which you can find here.  

The first step is to remove the canvas, the easiest way to do this is by using a heavy-duty staple remover. 

Sometimes I run into some of the staples that won’t lift, for those stubborn stables I use a pick that my husband has to jam it under the staple and loosen it until I can get the staple remover under it. 

Once you have all the staples removed set the canvas to the side. We are going to focus on the frame first. The best thing to do every time you are working with wood is to sand the item. This is one step I see a lot of people skip, but it will help your project have that finished look.

Once the entire frame is sanded wipe it down with a lint-free cloth. You are now ready to paint or stain the frame. Make sure if you are spray painting or staining you pay attention to the cure time! This is important to ensure the frame will dry properly and last. Once the paint/stain is fully cured I like to cover with a clear coat to help protect it (pay attention to cure time with the clear coat too).

Once the frame is cured you are ready to create the canvas. The first thing I do is use a pencil to trace the inside of the frame so I know exactly what will show through and I don’t misplace my design. 

Now that I have it outlined I will weed my design. When I’m working with a canvas I feel the best option is iron-on vinyl (HTV), since the canvas is made of cloth I feel like you get better, longer-lasting results using HTV. Whenever I’m working with HTV I always use painters tape around my hand to collect all the little pieces so they don’t end up all over the place. 

Now that my design is all weeded I’m ready to iron it on. Remember to use the heat guide for the vinyl you are using. I’m using Siser Easyweed so I followed the heat guide found here. If you are using the Cricut brand the heat guide can be found here. Remember when you are layering iron on you want to start from the bottom layer and work your way up, making sure to decrease the press time for the bottom layers if you are working with more than 3 layers. 

Once pressed you want to see the weave of the canvas through the vinyl. 


Now that the canvas is done it is time to apply it to the frame. I used a staple gun, found here

Once stapled around the entire frame I used an Exacto knife to cut the excess canvas away. 

I added some rolled cardstock flowers to the corner of my frame that I had leftover from the flag project which you can find here, and I called it done. 

Let me know down below if you’ve made a reverse canvas. Did you enjoy it? Are there any other projects you want me to walk you through?

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Alicia M

    I cannot wait to try it!! Thank you for always providing easy to follow instructions!

    1. Jessica

      Of course! I’m so happy they are helpful!

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