Have you seen the new signs using the reverse canvas method? These signs are cute, stylish and modern, plus they make the perfect gift for any occasion! This DIY to make your own reverse canvas is easy to follow, and the possibilities of colors, sizes and sayings are endless!
To make these reverse canvas signs you will need:
- A Canvas wrapped frame – these stretched canvases are usually located in the art section of either Michaels or Hobby Lobby, and can be purchased in single or multiple packs.
*When you buy the canvas, you might not see the actual frame. It’s “hidden”.
- Wood stain or acrylic paint (I add a few drops of water to my paint to make it thinner.)
- A sponge or paintbrush
- A flat screwdriver
- Heat Transfer Vinyl or HTV
- A Silhouette or Cricuit cutting machine
- A stapler or staple gun
- A heat press or iron to apply the HTV
DIY Reverse Canvas Sign Instructions
- Unwrap your canvas from the plastic protector and turn it over. You’ll see the hidden frame, which is being held onto the canvas by staples.
- Now you want to gently, but completely remove the canvas from the frame. Do this by scoring the canvas (with your scissors) on the far end of the staples. I make one big line down each side, then “rip” off the small strips that were just scored. Be careful not to rip your canvas. (This gets easier as you go. Trust me!)
- Now you are left with two pieces: the canvas and the frame. Set the frame to the side. You don’t have to remove those staples on the front or the back!
- The canvas itself will have a “dent” or “fold line” from being held onto the canvas. You want to trim the canvas on the line closest to the center of the canvas. Yes, the entire side. You will cut off about 1 inch. Try to cut straight on that line, but it’s okay if the line isn’t perfect.
- At this point, I put the canvas aside (in a safe, flat place) and work on the HTV and frame.
- Cut your design with heat transfer vinyl (HTV) but make sure you can fit it on the canvas you just trimmed. You will need to account for the frame, so adjust your design accordingly. Measure your space with the frame on top of the canvas you just trimmed. *Make sure you MIRROR your design before cutting.
- Now, I like to switch back to the frame and set the HTV to the side. This is a good time to stain or paint your frame. I don’t paint the back, but I make sure to get inside each crevice and hole with a paintbrush. Don’t worry about the staples on the front of the frame, just paint over them. (You can also remove them and use putty to cover the holes.)
- Let the frame dry completely. Any wetness or paint will mark the canvas, which is why you want the frame to be nowhere near the canvas while it’s wet. Trust me on this!
- While the frame is drying, use this time to weed your HTV image and apply it to the canvas with an iron or heat press.
- When the frame is dry, position the canvas over the back of the frame. Using a staple gun, re-attach it to the back of the wooden frame using a stapler or staple gun.
*I like to pull the canvas tight while stapling: Start at the top center, then staple the bottom center. Look at the front and make sure it’s right. I then pull the sides and staple the left center, then the right center, then staple the corners and gaps evenly between.
There you have it – A DIY Reverse Canvas Sign in 10 easy steps! I’d love to see your creations -Tag me on social media @HustleMomRepeat if you make these!
Some of my favorite fonts: Bodoni, Book Antiqua, Starfish, Atatila and Arial Rounded.
I have used the 16×20, 10×20 and 12×16 canvas sizes.