Burlap or Canvas Wall Art

By Anna Lowell

Sep 21

This rustic burlap or canvas wall art based on Psalm 95:1-3 is easy to make. Simply print the verse onto the fabric with a laser printer to make this unique wall art, perfect for Thanksgiving or all year!

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Materials for Burlap or Canvas Wall Art:

Burlap or Canvas Piece (see note below)
Clothes iron and ironing board
Several 8 1/2 X 11 sheets of computer paper
Glue Stick or Glue Dots, Optional
Yarn needle, corn poke, stitch remover, or something similarly sharp and long
Laser Ink Printer
Cardstock or Scrapbook Paper for background
Picture Frame, 11 x 14 or bigger
Hair Spray
Frame Embellishment, if desired, and hot glue gun
Psalm 95:1-3 Burlap Verse Printable Template – You will print it directly onto your fabric.

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Note on Burlap or Canvas: I looked in the fabric section for burlap or canvas, but it all felt too “flimsy” to run through my printer. The Burlap and Canvas that I used for this project came from the scrapbook paper section at Hobby Lobby. Each 12 x 12 inch sheet was sold separately in its own plastic wrap from the Paper Studio. These sheets are a little bit stiffer and worked really well in the printer.  I am sure that similar sheets of burlap or canvas could be found in the scrapbook section of Michaels or Joann’s. When purchasing these sheets, examine the fabric through the plastic. The first burlap sheet I purchased had an ugly knot right in the center of the sheet which I didn’t notice until I got home. Lesson learned! Here is a picture of what I used:

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Directions for Burlap or Canvas Wall Art:

1. Remove your burlap or canvas sheet from the packaging and iron it smooth.

2. If you start cutting into this loose weave fabric, you will have lots of uneven pieces flying off and looking jagged around your image. If you like that rustic look, go for it! If you want crisper lines, you are going to have to take a little time with the cutting process.

You need to reduce your burlap or canvas piece to an 8 1/2 X 11 inch sheet so that it will go through your printer and the verse will fit onto it. Take a piece of computer paper and lay it onto your fabric. Look around the edges of the paper and make sure that it is square with the threads that are running through your fabric. It probably won’t be perfect, but should be close.

If you are using burlap, mark the four threads that are running parallel with the lines of your paper closest to the outside edges of your paper.

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Using a needle or a corn poke or whatever long sharp instrument you have on hand, carefully pull those threads out of the burlap. As they get long, you can cut them to make it easier to pull. You will be left with a “ladder” in the fabric where that one thread used to be. This “ladder” should outline your computer paper.

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Use scissors to carefully cut down the center of the ladder, thus creating the edges of your picture. It may be helpful to hold the fabric up to the light when cutting, so that the “ladder” is easier to see. When you are done, you should have a piece of burlap roughly 8 1/2 X 11 inches in size.

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If you are using canvas, you will use a similar technique. First experiment with the far edges of your 12 X 12 sheet. If you carefully pull on one or two threads from each corner, you will notice that the threads on two parallel sides of your canvas easily pull, while the threads on the other sides are much more difficult.

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Align your computer paper on top of the fabric so that the 11 inch sides are running parallel to the sides of your canvas that pull easily. Cut the canvas so that there is only about 1/2 inch overhang on each side of your computer paper. Then, carefully pull the remaining threads until the canvas is reduced to being 8 1/2 inches across, the same width as the computer paper.

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Carefully cut the fringes away from the sides, close to but not cutting into the first cross thread. When that is finished, mark the canvas with a pencil across the top and bottom of your paper and cut the top and bottom away so that you are left with an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of canvas.

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Whew! The hard part is done!

3. I pulled all of the paper out of my copy machine, then placed my piece of fabric on top of about 15 to 20 sheets of computer paper and gently inserted it back into the printer. The bottom sheets of paper helped me to make sure that the burlap was positioned correctly and helped it slide in more easily. Next, open the printable PDF link and click print to print it onto the fabric. Once it prints, don’t handle it! let it sit for a minute or two.

Printable link: [Psalm 95:1-3 Template]

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4. Without touching the ink, carefully remove the fabric from the printer. I think that this fabric must have some kind of a sealer on it to make it stiff, but which also prevents the ink from drying. Your ink will still be wet at this point, and if you touch it, it could smear. Carefully lay it down face up on a surface that won’t be hurt by hair spray and spray your fabric with a nice, even layer of hair spray. Let it dry for a few minutes, then carefully press your finger down on the ink and lift it straight up. If your finger is ink free, then your project is dry and ready to go!

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5. Cut your scrapbook paper as desired to fit your frame. I had to use two pieces for my frames – I just taped them in the back. After your paper background is ready, center your fabric over the paper. If you want, you can use glue dots or a glue stick to secure the fabric into place over your cardstock. You could also center your fabric face down in your glass frame, place your scrapbook paper over the fabric, also face down, put the back on your frame, turn it over, and it will be secured into place.

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6. Put the back on your frame and you are done! One additional note: You may notice that the first couple of copies/prints you make may be slightly “streaky” after this project. I just printed a couple of free coloring pages for my kids, and the streaks were completely gone by the fourth picture.

If you wanted to include the frame embellishment, use a hot glue gun to secure it into place.

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Print the [Psalm 95:1-3 Verse Template]

If you make this project, or have any suggestions, I would love to hear about it! Please scroll down to comment.

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