Wall­pa­per Can­vas

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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.

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