FAMILY NAME Reverse Canvas

This DIY family name reverse canvas would make a lovely wedding gift or perfect wall art for a new home.

Skill Level


Time to Make

1 hour 15 minutes + drying time

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. Turn the canvas upside down so that the staples are facing upwards. Use a sharp cutting knife to carefully cut around the edge of the canvas, just to the outside of where the staples are. Lift the canvas off and put it to one side, then rip/cut the remaining pieces of canvas off of the frame. Alternatively you can use a staple remover, however this will take slightly longer to do
  2. If you want a slight shine to your frame, add a coat of acrylic varnish to the whole of the frame, then leave it to dry. If you would rather the frame stay how it is then skip this step.
  3. Take the canvas and use scissors to cut off the folded edges. Trim the canvas so that it is just a little smaller than the size of the outer frame.
  4. Place the canvas over the frame and use the staple gun to reattach it to the back of the frame. Use as many staples as you need to make it secure.
  5. Use the black outline deco pen to write the first letter of the surname to the upper section of the frame in the centre. Then write the surname below this with a horizontal line either side. Below the surname you can write the date, for example the date that the couple got married.
  6. Use a light green deco pen to draw laurel wreaths either side of the initial and at the bottom of the canvas.

Top Tip

If you don't have a staple gun you can use a glue gun or superglue to attach the canvas back to the frame, however the finished result may not be as tight.

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