How to Make a DIY Canvas Painting with Wallpaper

If you have an outdated canvas then this is a quick way to make your own DIY canvas painting. Using textured wallpaper, you can make DIY canvas art to match your home decor.

I found a similar canvas online selling for nearly 400 dollars! So, after wrapping my canvas with paintable wallpaper, I grabbed some scrap paint and tried to replicate the expensive canvas.

How to Make DIY Canvas Art

There are a few ways to update a canvas, but I decided to wrap mine in wallpaper.

I recommend using a thick material such as wallpaper or contact paper to cover your canvas.

The wallpaper that I used for this project is paintable and has texture to make my painting a little more interesting.

Why Make Your Own Canvas Painting

The great thing about making your own diy canvas painting, is that you can paint the canvas to match your home d├ęcor perfectly.

It is fun to make custom home decor and you save a ton of money.

There are so many times that I bought home decor and I am over it, so quickly.

The things that I have made for my home have been my favorite items, and they make me feel so proud that I made that.

I also, made basket wall art for under $20, and I love how they came out. The originals were selling for over $300!

Below is my canvas before covering it with paintable wallpaper. Scroll down to see how my final DIY canvas painting came out!

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Canvas Before

Choosing Your Canvas Wallpaper

Before ordering your wallpaper or contact paper make sure that you will have enough material to overlap your canvas.

You should have at least an inch of overlap to cover the sides of the canvas.

If you accidentally ordered a wallpaper that is too short, you could still adhere it to the canvas.

Once you paint over the sides of the canvas, the paint should help cover the sides.

Wood Frame

Another option is to add a frame to your diy canvas art with common board.

The common board will act as a floating frame on the outside of the canvas.

I planned on adding a frame to my canvas at some point, so standby because I will be posting about that soon.

Attaching Wallpaper

To attach the wallpaper to your diy canvas art you will need a staple gun, scissors, and staples.

Lay the canvas down flat and place the wallpaper overtop of the canvas.

Then cut the wallpaper with scissors, making sure to leave at least an inch of overlap.

The wallpaper should overlap all sides of the canvas, so you can properly secure it.

Watch the video to get a better idea of how to make your own diy canvas art.

Stapling the Wallpaper

Grab a staple gun and extra staples, to start attaching the wallpaper.

Firmly press the staple gun against a side of the canvas, making sure to space the staples 1-2 inches.

After I finished the right side of the canvas, I moved onto the left side.

Make sure the wallpaper is stretched tightly to the left side then staple it in place.

Following the same steps for all remaining sides until the wallpaper is attached.

Make sure to watch the video to get a better idea of how to make your own diy canvas art.

Wallpaper Corners

There should be an overlap of wallpaper on the ends of the canvas that need to be tucked back.

The wallpaper should be folded cleaning like you are wrapping a gift as seen below.

Once the wallpaper is laying flat against the side, you can secure it in place with a staple.

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Attaching corners

Painting the Wallpaper

If you went with a paintable wallpaper similar to mine, then grab your paint and brushes to finish your diy canvas painting.

I used scrap paint from miscellaneous projects in my home, so the diy canvas art would match my home decor.

Recently I painted my master bathroom vanity green, so I wanted to bring this same color into my master bedroom.

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On a paper plate, I mixed different shades of green, gray, white and black.

Then I started to try to replicate a painting that I saw on Pottery Barn.

I found an abstract canvas on Pottery Barn selling for nearly $400 for a single 28 inch canvas.

There was no way I was spending this much, so I used this abstract picture as my inspiration to this project.

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My DIY Canvas Art!

My canvas art isn’t perfect, but I had fun making it and it was inexpensive. It matches my color scheme perfectly and brings a little texture to my room.

Plus it used up some samples of paint that I had laying around.

Tips and Tricks

If you want to put more detail into your abstract canvas painting then I recommend using a smaller paint brush.

I am not artistic at all, so I just used a random paint brush and a roller that I had on hand.

The nice about abstract, is that if you mess up you can easily blend colors over top to fix your mistake.

If you are not satisfied with your diy canvas art, you can paint over it with a shade of white and try again.

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