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August 4, 2022

How to Make a Reverse Canvas: Budget Friendly Cricut Project

how to make a reverse canvas with cricut - halloween themed diy home decor

A Reverse Canvas is a quick, easy, & budget friendly project to make with your Cricut machine.

This whole project cost me under $5 to make materials wise and took under 15 minutes to make! I had seen reverse canvas's being made and thought they might be a struggle to make but I promise its only a few steps and really makes fun and unique DIY home decor.

You can find some free SVG files for Halloween like the one I used in my project here.

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Materials Needed for a Reverse Canvas:

This project really doesn't require much material which makes it super budget friendly. Making home decor can seem really daunting when you look at the cost of materials or even the cost of a finished project but a reverse canvas is simple and can be made for every season.

You'll need:

How to Make a Reverse Canvas:

Step One: Size Your SVG File

This is kind of a pre-step before cutting out your HTV but make sure you size your SVG file to fit within your canvas frame. So for example my canvas was 8 x 10 inches so I sized my SVG to be about 6 x 8 inches so I had room within my frame.

uploading a free svg file for cricut into cricut design space and mirroring for htv to use on a reverse canvas

Don't forget to mirror your image when using heat transfer vinyl!

Step Two: Remove Your Canvas from the Frame

removing the canvas from the frame for a reverse canvas

I ripped my canvas off from the staples - just being honest. We are going to trim this part so it doesn't need to stay perfect. If you have a staple remover (which I did not) you can definitely utilize this but I just went around with my Exacto blade and cut out what I needed to remove the canvas.

Step Three: Weed Your Heat Transfer Vinyl

This is the fun part! Go through and weed your vinyl. Double check yourself so that you didn't miss any bits. If you have multiple colors, I suggest doing all the weeding at once so you can preview the layers.

wedding heat transfer vinyl for a reverse canvas

Step Four: Iron on your Vinyl to the Canvas

I heating my EasyPress Mini to medium heat and centered my HTV to the black side of the canvas (these had distinct color differences). I ironed over the heat transfer vinyl for 30-45 seconds to make sure the vinyl had full adhered to the canvas.

ironing on vinyl to a canvas for a reverse canvas project

Test pulling your vinyl up slowly - if some hasn't adhered, you have the chance to correct it here. I tested a few spots and had to go back over them to make sure my vinyl was completely ironed on.

removing the cover from htv for a revse canvas

Step 4.5: Optional - Paint Your Frame

I skipped this step but you can always paint your frame for your reverse canvas if you want it to be darker or white/black/gold etc!

Step Five: Glue on the Canvas to the Frame

hot gluing the canvas back to the frame so it is reversed

Now it is time to "reverse the canvas". I used hot glue for this but you can also use nails, staples, wood glue, whatever you have that is strong hold! I started with one side and placed the canvas down. Then worked my way around the other sides of the canvas. I also made sure that the stapled side (where we removed the canvas) was the part I was covering up. The other side is nice and clean with only four staples in the corners and makes for a pretty frame.

Step Six: Trim the Excess Canvas

The last step is to trim the sides! It's easy to clean up and I used regular crafting scissors and got as close to the frame as I could.

trimming the excess canvas in a reverse canvas

Now you have a fun reverse canvas and this technique can be used for every season and holiday to make fun DIY Wall Decor for your house.

For another fun DIY halloween project check out my Halloween Treat Bags with free SVG files!

a diy reverse canvas for your home with a halloween theme

Happy Crafting!

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