When I found some super cheap grey chevron fabric at Hobby Lobby ($4 for a yard!) I decided I had to buy it…even though I had no idea what I would use it for. I knew something would come up, and the fabric was really great quality duck cloth, so I knew it would hold up well for any project. Then, when I was cleaning out the garage a few days later, I noticed I had tons of thin scrap pieces of wood, and it clicked that I could easily make my own canvas borders, and then use the fabric to cover it…perfect!
This was a super easy DIY project, and super cheap too. Essentially less than $4 for both canvas’s, because I didn’t pay for the wood, and I had everything else on hand. This is what you need:
-4 pieces of thin wood, measured out to even lengths (I did square, but you could do rectangles as well)
-staple gun and staples
-fabric of your choice (probably something like an upholstery fabric will work best)
This is what you do:
After you have measured out and cut your pieces (if you need to do that), then line them up to the desired shape. Also, if your wood pieces have any chips or anything like that, make sure those pieces are facing the inside, so that your outside line is straight.
Next, staple the sides together. I went all around with the staples to make sure it was held together really well.
Staple all the sides together:
I made two, because I had a project in mind….
Okay, next we get to the fun part! Adding the fabric. Place the fabric face down, and lay the wood form on top. Trim the fabric so that there is enough to overlap when pulled around each side (probably 2 inches is more than enough on each side). Since I decided to use this chevron print, I had to make sure that the pattern stayed even while pulling it tight, otherwise it would have looked funky. You can avoid worrying about this if you use a print that isn’t symmetrical or geometric (although, these types of prints are awesome!).
I started with the bottom, stapling the fabric evenly across the bottom. Then I went to the top, and pulled the fabric very tight and stapled that evenly. Next I did the corners, and folded them the same way I would to wrap a present. You want to make sure there isn’t bulky fabric in the corners because that won’t look great.
Staple into place…staple staple staple!
After you do the corners, finish stapling the sides, taking care to pull the fabric tight, and keep it lined up if you have a pattern that needs to be straight.
You can trim the extra fabric if there is a lot of excess in the back:
How easy is that? For under $4 I made 2 custom canvas’s (which I used for another project, soon to come!)! If you don’t want to build your own, you could always buy the canvases and then cover them using the same steps to have a custom fabric canvas, but it would be more expensive. This was a really easy project and super cheap!
See what I did with these custom canvases here!