Learn how to make personalized DIY Framed Wall Art with this fun and easy tutorial. You can customize your sign with your favorite fabric and add a monogram using your Cricut or Silhouette.
Today’s craft project combines two of my favorite things – buffalo check fabric and canvas frames. I don’t know about you, but I’m totally obsessed with all things buffalo check. I’m also obsessed with using canvas frames to make DIY art because it’s a cheaper and easier way to frame art – especially when you’re making personalized signs.
But, guess what? You can use any fabric for this project. That’s the best part! Using the frame from a blank canvas makes this project inexpensive and you can use different fabrics for every season.
Supplies needed to make your own DIY Framed Wall Art:
- Blank Stretched Canvas (I used 12 x 12)
- Black Paint
- Paint Brush
- Buffalo Check Fabric (or a piece of your favorite fabric)
- White Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Cricut Maker or Silhouette CAMEO
- Cutting Mat
- Weeding Tool
- Cricut EasyPress or Iron
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Wreath SVG Cut File
First, we need to remove the canvas so all that’s left is the frame. The easiest way to do this is with your scissors. I just run the sharp edge of the scissors right down the sides of the wood frame. You can also use a box cutter or sharp knife for this step.
Set the canvas aside for another project and cut your piece of fabric to the width and height of the frame. Don’t worry about this being perfect because you won’t see the edges and you can always trim excess fabric at the end.
Next, we’re going to paint the frame. I’ve painted and stained frames for different projects and love how they look both ways so it’s totally up to you. I wanted a black frame for this project, but feel free to paint or stain the frame any color you want.
Now it’s time for my favorite part – cutting and weeding the vinyl. Let your handy dandy vinyl cutter do most of the work for this project. Make sure you mirror the image.
Apply the vinyl image using your Cricut EasyPress or iron. If you’re using the EasyPress, then the setting for iron-on vinyl and cotton fabric is 315 degrees for 15 seconds.
Finally, the last step is to adhere the fabric to the frame. The easiest way to do this is with a glue gun. Apply a line of glue to the top of the frame and press down making sure to center the image. Now, flip the fabric and frame over and use your glue gun to glue the other 3 sides of the fabric to the frame.
If you want to hang this piece of art, all you’ll need to do is attach the hanging hardware of your choosing to the back of the frame. If you prefer not to hang it on a wall, all you have to do is prop it up.
If you love decorating with buffalo check for the holidays, then we think you’ll enjoy our DIY Buffalo Check Garland project.
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Kara Harvey, owner of Happy Go Lucky, is passionate about showing her readers that if she can do it, they can do it too. She shares projects and recipes that don’t require a lot of supplies or ingredients.