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How to Decoupage Fabric on Artist Canvas
If you have a wall in your house where you want to add a splash of color but you aren't quite sure how, follow these directions and you can learn how to cover artist canvas with amazing fabric.
- Age Guideline: 10 Years and Up
- Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
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Gathering The Supplies
Before you start any project, it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this decoupage project you will need:
- Pre-Stretched Artist Canvas (compare prices
- Decoupage Medium
- Foam or Paint Brush
- Ruler - (optional)
- Upholstery Stapler and Staples
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Trim Your Fabric
The size you want to cut your fabric to will depend on the size of the canvas you have. You will want your fabric to be about 2-inches larger on each side than the canvas you are using. For example, for a 5" x 7" canvas, cut fabric roughly 9" x 11".
Use a ruler to measure out your fabric and then cut it. You can also lay your fabric, right side down, on your work surface. Center your stretched canvas, face down, centered on your fabric and then trim it.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Iron Your Fabric
Before you cover the canvas with your fabric, iron it smooth. If needed, spray it with a little bit of water to get all of the wrinkles out.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Start Stapling Your Fabric to The Canvas
Now, fold up one side of the fabric and staple it to the wood on the back of the canvas. Also staple the opposite side of the fabric to the wood on the canvas. Make sure you pull the fabric tight.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Finish Stapling Your Fabric to The Canvas
Now fold up and staple the other two sides of the fabric. Again, make sure you pull each side tight.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Stapling the Corners of the Fabric
Fold up the corners of the fabric as if you were wrapping a gift. Make sure it lays flat on the side of the canvas. Use a few staples if necessary to hold the corner in place.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Finishing the Corners
Staple up all four corners as explained in step 7. Make sure they are all folded in the same direction and that they all lay flat on the side of the canvas and on the back of the canvas.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Decoupage the Fabric
Now, you will want to use decoupage medium to seal your fabric. This will not only give it a nice finish, but it will also protect the fabric from dust and other elements. Learn more about how to decoupage by following these directions.
Use at least 3 thin coats of decoupage medium, letting each layer dry completely before applying the next. Don't forget to also coat the sides of the canvas. Make sure all of the brush strokes go the same direction.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Finishing Your Decoupage Wall Hanging
Once the decoupage medium is dry, your new fabric wall hanging is ready to hang. There is no need to add a hanger to the back; a nail or screw in the wall will usually sit nicely in the opening on the back of the canvas and hold it in place.