Fabric in this post was provided by Contrado. All thoughts, opinions, and designs are my own.
I’m really excited about today’s post. We’ve been in our house for about 6 years and I feel like I’m just now getting to hanging up some artwork in our house. There’s this big wall in our kitchen that is the first thing that you see when you walk in our front door, and it’s always bugged me. I felt like it needed some sort of art that would make the space feel bigger, and airy. Well, ideally there would be a window in that space to look into the back yard, but since that would require some major remodeling, art was the next best thing!
As you guys know I’m a HUGE fan of printing on fabric. The crazy thing about that though is that I always forget about printing on canvas to make canvas wall art! It’s the absolute perfect solution for making huge high quality artwork for your walls–in any size that you want! I was really excited to work with Contrado again for this post. (I’ve also worked with them recently to make these dish towels and these throw pillows.)
Contrado printed out some of my designs on canvas, and I was so impressed by how vibrant and high quality the fabric was. I made huge “seed packets” for behind our dining room table, and three other smaller prints for the back wall of my kitchen. Two walls that needed to be brightened up! These definitely did the trick!
I’ll walk you through the steps in just a bit, but trust me, it’s simple. A few cuts, some angle brackets and a staple gun and you can totally rock this DIY. There are so many possibilities here! You could print vintage art pictures, or photographs of your family…or even maybe your favorite vacation spot. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a huge long picture of an ocean or lake on your wall? The possibilities are so exciting! Fabric printing is a really great way to make art in any size, with relatively little effort.
Ok, ok, I think I’ve shown you enough finished pictures. Let me break down how we made these beauties! Keep reading for the complete tutorial.
What you’ll need:
A miter saw
angle brackets with screws (I used four 2 inch x 3/8 inch brackets per frame)
a staple gun
a mounting bracket and hammer to hang your canvas on the wall.
your beautiful designs printed on fabric!
wood! I used 1in x 2 inch white wood boards
As I mentioned before Contrado sent me a huge piece of canvas 500 fabric with my designs on it. I made the borders on my art large to accommodate the wrapping the fabric around a wood frame. Then I made sure to leave some spaces between them so I’d have a little bit of fabric to work with when wrapping the canvas around the frame. This helped so that I could cut out the images to separate them.
I carefully measured each side so that the pieces would have about and inch of colored overhang on each side and then used a miter saw to cut the wood pieces to the correct size. If you haven’t used a miter saw before you have to try it! It’s super easy and a lot less intimidating (in my opinion) than other types of saws.
I used a screw driver to screw in the angle brackets to each of the two pieces, thus securing them together. After the frames were completed I laid down the frame on top of the canvas with the image side down. My husband helped me pull the canvas on an opposite side so that could make sure that the fabric was taut. Then we stapled all around the edges with the stable gun. Easy peasy.
It was so satisfying to see them come together! What a wonderful way to make some huge high quality artwork! And a huge thanks to Contrado for making this post possible!