Hey there! As you know, I’ve been working on doing some decoupage canvas art for my place – inexpensive but cute. I dug through my fabric scraps the other day and found some Denyse Schmidt County Fair fabric. It turned out there was just enough to cover a 12″ x 16″ canvas, so the wheels started turning. I then looked through my surface bin, and found this wood cutout. Don’t remember when or where I got this particular one, but I’ve seen them at several craft stores, especially seasonally.
Anyhoo, I completed this Mod Podge project in less than an afternoon. To make it, gather these supplies:
- Canvas, 12″ x 16″
- Mod Podge Gloss (because this is not a heavy wear item and will hang on the wall, you can use this to prepare your fabric too)
- Scrap of fabric to cover canvas
- Wood piece to put on the front
- Acrylic Paint – You’ll obviously want to match your fabric. I used the following:
- FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Coastal Blue
- Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint – Wedgewood Green
- Flat paintbrush
- Tacky Glue
- Staple Gun or small nails and hammer
You will first want to prepare the fabric before painting. To do this, wash and dry the fabric (do not use fabric softener). Iron and then lay out on a covered work surface. Wax paper is preferable for covering your table. Using a brush, paint a light coat of Mod Podge onto your fabric. Allow to dry. This will allow you to cut the fabric like paper without frayed edges.
Time to decoupage the fabric to the canvas. I used a staple gun, starting on one edge and stretching the fabric across. My method was bottom, top, then sides. Corners are next. If you don’t have a staple gun, use small finishing nails and a hammer. Just be careful not to tear the fabric.
One more tip – if you don’t find a wood piece that you like, consider painting something on the front of the fabric using a freezer paper stencil technique.