A Ridiculously Easy Way to Make Custom Canvas Wall Art
Let’s get real. Painting is not for everyone. Canvases, however, are. If you’re not a Frida Kahlo, you can still create some awesome wall art using canvases. Today we’re decorating our walls with fabric-covered canvases. These are incredibly easy yet they look professional and classy.
<br/>– various canvases (we used four sizes and nine canvases in total)
– 3 coordinating fabrics
– gold chain
– fabric scissors
– hot glue gun
– staple gun and staples
1. Arrange your canvases in the order they will hang on the wall.
2. Determine which fabric to put on each canvas.
3. Place one canvas on top of your fabric and cut around the frame leaving about 1 1/2 – 2 inches of material on each side.
4. Fold fabric over one side of the canvas and staple.
5. Repeat step 4 on the opposite side making sure the fabric is taught.
6. Fold and staple the last two sides.
7. Pull the fabric on the corners up and fold to the side creating a diagonal crease along one side.
8. Staple each corner.
9. Cover all of your canvases.
10. Decide how you want the chain to lay on the canvas.
11. Hot glue one end of the chain and let it dry.
12. When gluing the other side of the chain, be sure to hold the chain taut while the glue is drying or it will loosen and sag.
Head to the art supply store and get yourself some canvases. We went with nine small frames of various sizes so that we could create a collage. You could also do this with one huge canvas to make a statement piece or three medium-sized canvases hung right next to each other. Think about what will look the best on your wall!
Next you’ll need to stop by the fabric store unless you have some material you’ve been hanging onto that you want to put on display. Remember that old Madonna t-shirt in your closet you just can’t bear to get rid of? Why not repurpose it as art?
Once you’ve got your supplies, place the frame on the fabric and cut around it leaving at least an inch on each side. This will depend on how thick your canvas is. The fabric should cover the frame just like the canvas does.
Start stapling your fabric! First staple along one side and then do the opposite side. Now staple the remaining two sides. Be sure to pull the fabric taught so that it doesn’t look droopy. That is unless you’re going for a saggy look. We put anywhere from two to four staples in each side about an inch and a half apart, but you can add as many as you need.
Now for the corners. They look a little bit intimidating, but they’re really no sweat. Take the loose fabric and pull it up and back towards the center of the frame. One side will fold at a diagonal along the side of the frame. Make sure you smooth out any bumps and then staple it in place. Two shots should work.
If you want to add chain or other embellishments to your artwork, you can easily do so with hot glue.
We added gold chain to spice up our solid blue fabric. Snip the chain to your desired length using wire cutters. Then glue one side of the chain to the back of the frame. Let it dry before you do the other side or the chain will drag through the glue. When you glue the other side, pull it tight and hold it until the glue is dry or the chain will sag.
That’s it! This project is so quick and easy. And the best thing about it is that you can reuse the frames if you want to change up the design in your house. Simply remove the staples and make them again with new fabric.
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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