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Reverse Canvas Tutorial With Free Cut File

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Check out my Reverse Canvas Tutorial Below! I took a wood frame I stained, and transformed it into a one-of-a-kind canvas design for my kitchen!

The reverse canvas method is rather unique, and with the help of my Cricut machine, this craft took me little to no time! 

Do you ever have an idea in your mind of what you want for your home, but can’t find it online, or it is over-priced?

Here I was able to get exactly what I wanted and it wasn’t that hard to do.

You start by removing a canvas, staining some wood or buy pre-stained wood, and start to crafting.

Reverse Canvas Tutorial 

Reverse canvases are really taken over the DIY world.

You have endless possibilities of how to create and design your canvases. Plus they make incredible homemade gifts for loved ones.

I am really loving the whole process of making them. I wanted to walk you through and answer questions you might have. 

What Is A Reverse Canvas 

Reverse canvases are a great way to get that quality style sign to hang in your home for a fraction of the cost.

You remove a canvas from the original frame and then transfer it with a vinyl design you create on a wooden frame.

Many use a Cricut or Silhouette Machine to create that flawless vinyl design.  

What Size Canvas and Frame Do You Need For A Reverse Canvas 

You are welcome to use any size you want. I used a 9×9 size, but feel free to buy whatever size you want.

You also want to make sure that you can create a design that fits your canvas and frame size.

I went with smaller since my kitchen needed a little pop of personality. I didn’t want it to be huge and overtake the area. 

What is HTV

HTV is heat transfer vinyl. You are welcome to buy any color of vinyl you would like.

As you can see with my print, I went with two colors. You can mix and match colors to fit the style of your home. 

With heat transfer vinyl there is no sealing or clear coat required after.

I have found this offers that store-quality look with minimal steps required. 

Do I Have To Stain The Wood On Frame 

No. You can, paint the wood, or leave it the natural color it as. I wanted a rich and deep-colored wood, so I reached for a stain.

But it is not something you have to do. I think it added a bit more design to my look, vs being a lighter wood. 

What Do You Do For The Back Of The Reverse Canvas 

The back doesn’t look that pretty. But you can always lay over some thicker backing paper and secure it to the wood.

Or lay over a lighter fabric. I would do this step if you plan to sell your reverse canvas.

Otherwise, you can leave it with just the stapled canvas to the back. No one will be looking at that part. 

How Do You Hang A Reverse Canvas 

You can attach a backing to hang your canvas. Or if you don’t want to hurt your wall reach for a Command Strip.

This is one method I use for easy removal. Apply a sticky strip, stick, and leave it. 

Supplies needed for this project:

  • Wrapped canvas
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl
  • Scissors or TrueControl Knife
  • Paint or wood stain
  • Paintbrush
  • Rag or paper towels
  • Hot glue gun or staple gun (I used a staple gun)
  • Command Strips
supplies for reverse canvas
Yield: 1

How To Make A Reverse Canvas With Free Cut File

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10

Reverse Canvas Tutorial with a free cut file is a fun way to dress up your home. A homemade reverse canvas that costs a fraction of buying one.




  1. Cut your design out using your Cricut or another cutter
  2. Weed the image and set aside
  3. Remove the canvas from the frame, I just pilled it off, but you can pry the old staples out but I didn't see a need
  4. Paint on the stain or paint
  5. If using stain allow it to sit on the woos for 10 to 15 minutes and then wipe off and repeat and set aside after the second coat inside frame of a canvas, stained to make a reverse canvas sign
  6. Grab the canvas and cut around the rough edges leaving enough to cover the back of your canvas cutting around a canvas cut canvas sheet
  7. Using the EasyPress 2 Press on the HTV teal heat press vinyl on canvas canvas before it goes back on the frame
  8. Then Staple the canvas to the back of the frame red staple gun, stapling the back of a reverse canvas
  9. Hang using command strips reverse canvas sign hanging on the wall with teal and navy lettering

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