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Christmas Canvas

Today I’m sharing a very easy-to-make holiday DIY that can have a big impact– a Christmas canvas. It’s made with only two supplies– a gallery wrapped canvas and fabric.

I like making these Christmas canvases because they’re relatively inexpensive, and they’re easy to store in our basement. They’re also great because you can remove the fabric and use the canvas over and over again. I like to use them above our fireplace mantel.

plaid christmas mantel

I’ve been making these for years. It all started with my sweater presents.

Then, I made fabric presents.

And when we moved into our current house three years ago, I upped the ante and did it on a larger scale with a 30″ x 48″ canvas to hang above our fireplace.


30″ x 48″ gallery wrapped canvas … I like to purchase my canvases from here when they go on sale for around 70% off on Black Friday.

fabric … Most fabrics will work. I’ve used fleece and cotton. I wouldn’t use a jersey though.

hot glue gun & glue


sawtooth hanger

eye screw

fishing line

How to Make a Christmas Canvas

Lay It Out

Lay out the fabric with the right side facing the floor. Center the canvas with the right side facing the floor. Make sure to line it up as best as possible if you fabric has a particular pattern. This fabric has a pattern and right angles, so it was really important to line it up really well. Trim the fabric so it’s 2″-3″ bigger on all sides of the canvas.

Fold and Glue

Begin folding the fabric over the backside of the canvas and using the hot glue to tack it into place.

Fold the Corners

Fold the corners in and glue as you go. They don’t have to be pretty– no one is going to see the backside.

Trim More if Needed

Once you have all the sides glued down, you can go around and trim the fabric down more if you’d like.

Add the Hanger

I like using sawtooth hangers. To mount it, measure and line up the hanger in the middle of the canvas. Since my canvas was 48″ wide, the center was 24″. The the nails to secure the hanger to the canvas frame.

Add the Wreath Hanger

To add the wreath hanger, twist an eye screw under the sawtooth hanger.

Secure the Wreath

I use fishing line to secure my wreaths to the canvas, but you can use ribbon or string if you’d like. Tie the fishing line to the wreath, and then tie the other end of the line to the eye screw.

If you use fishing line, it’ll look like the wreath is attached to the front of the canvas.

My 2017 Christmas mantel.

And you can use this DIY canvas trick for other holidays. I made a canvas for my Halloween mantel a couple years ago.

Today I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for our first Christmas Seasonal Simplicity post of the year. We’re all sharing our holiday DIY or craft projects with you today! Be sure to check out these fabulous ideas by clicking on the links below each image.

How to Flock Natural Greenery at The Happy Housie

DIY Winter Village Wreath at Modern Glam

DIY Christmas Jingle Bells Hanging Decoration at Zevy Joy

Modern Organic Christmas Wreath at Cherished Bliss

Air Dry Clay Christmas Star Lights at Clean & Scentsible

Anthropologie Inspired Holiday Felt Wreath at Tatertots and Jello

Polymer Clay Christmas Village at Life is a Party

Free Advent Calendar at The Handmade Home

Embroidery Hoop Love Sign at Craftberry Bush

Jingle Bell Wood Bead Garland at Lolly Jane

Homemade Pom Pom Garland at Sincerely, Marie Designs

DIY Dollar Tree Succulent Christmas Tree at The DIY Mommy

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar at She Gave it a Go

DIY Faux Leather Trees at My Sweet Savannah

DIY Orange Hoop Wreath at Cassie Bustamante

Easy DIY Christmas Pillow Case at The Tattered Pew

3D Hot Cocoa Sign and Printable at Rambling Renovators

DIY Elf House at Dans le Lakehouse

Farmhouse Style Holiday Wood Banner at Home Made Lovely

Joanna Gaines Inspired Christmas Village at Fynes Designs

Christmas Canvas at Two Twenty One

Modern Whimsical Snowflake Christmas Tree at This is Simplicite

DIY Holiday Cutting Board at Joanna Anastasia

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  1. What a great idea! And that flocked wreath looks amazing against the red check. 🙂 Pinning for later!

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