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Easy Fabric Canvas Art with Mod Podge

This fabric canvas art uses fun, patterned fabric for the background. Just add a painted wood cut out to the front for instant wall decor.

Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never crafted before, you can make this project. You’ll be applying fabric on canvas with decoupage medium, then painting a wood piece and placing it on top.

Easy Fabric Canvas Art with Mod Podge

Hey there! As you may or may not know, I’ve been working on doing some fabric 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 a wood bird cutout.

Don’t remember when or where I got this particular one, but I’ve seen similar at several craft stores, especially in the seasonal section.

Anyhoo, I completed this Mod Podge canvas project in less than an afternoon. It’s SO easy, even a beginning crafter can do it! Here’s how I made this DIY canvas art.

Fabric on Canvas Art

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
  • Craft Glue
  • Staple Gun or small nails and hammer
Adding Mod Podge to fabric with a paintbrush

The first step of your fabric canvas art is to prepare the fabric. 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.

Painting a wood piece with light green craft paint using a paintbrush

While the Mod Podge on your fabric is drying, paint your wood piece. You will more than likely have to paint several coats – and don’t forget the edges. Don’t worry about the back.

Painting a wood piece with light blue craft paint using a paintbrush

Once the leaves were done, I painted the bird blue. He can be purple if you want. Or a horse of a different color bird, yellow, orange . . . whatever suits you. Set him aside to dry.

Using a staple gun to attach fabric to the back of a canvas

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. The corners of your fabric canvas art 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.

Fold the corners of the fabric over the canvas

The corners are special. I made “flower” like corners – tucking the two parts under on each side and then folding down. I hope you can see what I did.

Once I stretched the fabric over the canvas, I gave it another coat of Mod Podge for good measure.

Painting a coat of Mod Podge over a painted wood shape

After stretching the canvas, Mr. Bird was sealed with Mod Podge. Again, do the sides but don’t worry about the back.

Adding craft glue to the back of a wood shape

Use your glue to glue Mr. Bird down onto the center of the canvas. Wait for 24 hours to hang your fabric canvas art on the wall.

Easy Fabric Canvas Art with Mod Podge

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 or a freehand.

Yield: 1 canvas

Decoupage Fabric on Canvas

Easy Fabric Canvas Art with Mod Podge

Learn how to attach fabric to canvas with Mod Podge! Add a wooden embellishment to make fun and unique fabric canvas art.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $12

Materials

  • Canvas, 12" x 16"
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Scrap of fabric to cover canvas
  • Wood embellishment to put on the front
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Craft Glue

Tools

  • Flat paintbrush
  • Staple Gun or small nails and hammer

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the fabric - iron and lay out on your work surface.
  2. 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.
  3. Paint your wood piece. Allow to dry.
  4. Time to attach 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. I finished at the corners.
  5. Tuck the corners, trim and staple.
  6. Add another coat of Mod Podge over the canvas to attach it.
  7. Use your glue to glue your embellishment onto the canvas. Wait for 24 hours before hanging.

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JHill

Sunday 27th of June 2010

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

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Saturday 26th of June 2010

That looks awesome!Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related!

Fawnda

Friday 25th of June 2010

Amy-I love the little birdie! too cute! :)

Megan @ Megity's Handmade

Friday 25th of June 2010

Country Fair was one of my favorite lines! This canvas is super cute!

Ann @ makethebestofthings

Thursday 24th of June 2010

Love the dimensional bird and branch on your great graphic print. Very creative!