Large statement paintings can really make a room, but they come at a cost – so wouldn’t it be good to make something yourself for a fraction of the price? You could create a collection of small canvases and display them close together as a collage, make a medium-sized one for a small wall, or go even bigger than shown here for massive impact. This project is a great way to use up leftover rolls of wallpaper – the end result looks impressive but is easy to make, just the way we like it!
1Decide on the dimensions for your canvas (make sure that you have enough fabric and wallpaper to cover the whole frame and to wrap around the sides) and cut your batten accordingly. For this canvas, we cut two 71 in (180cm) lengths and two 59 in (150cm) lengths.
2Cut four corner pieces to stabilise the frame we used up offcuts so they are slightly different lengths, but aim for an approximate length of 8 in (20cm). You will need to miter-cut the ends of the offcuts, as they have to be at a 45-degree angle.
3Make sure that the two ends of each offcut are sawn in opposing directions in order to butt up to the frame. Then, put the frame together by gluing and then screwing the joints together (just one screw in the middle of the joint will suffice).
4Add the corner pieces, attaching them in a similar way with a little glue at the end and one screw to keep in place. Lay the fabric flat on the floor with the frame on top. Cut the fabric so that you have an additional 3" (7.5cm) extra on all sides.
5Fold the top of the fabric over the frame and attach it to the fabric with a staple gun. Staple along the length of the top batten. Move to the centre of the other end of the frame, pull the fabric as tight as you can, and staple in place.
6Wrap the fabric around the corners and staple in place. Continue stapling the sides, making sure the fabric is pulled tight to make a strong canvas.
7Mix up the wallpaper paste according to the packet instructions and smear it over the canvas. Stick on the first piece of wallpaper, positioning it so that you have enough paper overhang to wrap around the top, bottom, and sides of the frame.
8Use a clean brush and wallpaper smoother to remove any bubbles under the paper. Try to stick the paper on as smoothly as possible – it’s trickier papering a canvas than a wall as the fabric will move a little, but be patient and you will get a good result. If working on a big canvas, you will need to add a second, third, or even fourth length of paper – make sure the patterns align perfectly for a seamless effect.
9When the front is papered, carefully turn the canvas around and paste the sides, top, and bottom of the frame. Smooth the paper over the frame and wrap the corners as if wrapping a present.
10Screw the hanging supports to the top of the frame. Here two picture frame D rings were attached to the wall. If you cannot drill holes in your wall, simply leave your canvas resting against the wall.