Looking to change up your wall art? 

Let's say you have a canvas that you painted, stenciled, or that was pre-printed, and you wanted to change it up.

The quickest way to do this is to wrap it.

DIY wall art with napkins
I'm frequently trying to change things up in our house, so instead of purchasing new canvases and throwing old ones out that I don't want anymore, I just wrap them in fabric.

To make it even easier, rather than cut and hem fabric, I use napkins. I adore the table linens at World Market. They always have such beautiful designs. I often keep a variety of designs on hand for taking photographs and to create a pretty mis-matched table.  I've also made cushion covers out of them in the past.

What you need:

  • A used canvas
  • Napkin
  • Staple Gun
  • Sawtooth Picture Hanger
  • Picture Hook
  • Hammer

Simply wrap the fabric around the canvas and staple attach it to the back of the canvas using the staple gun. If one side is longer you can just turn the edge over before stapling. Fold the corners over neatly and staple those into place too.

simple crafts
Once the napkin is stapled into place, hammer a sawtooth hanger into place in the center top of the canvas.

napkin crafts
Hammer the picture hook into the wall and hang your lovely new piece of art.

Tip: If you have a darker paint or print on the canvas and are using a lighter print fabric, add a coat of white paint and set aside to dry before wrapping the napkin around.



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[email protected] March 14, 2013 - 10:21 pm

That’s pretty, I have quite a bit of fabric and this idea is great.

Rose Powell March 15, 2013 - 2:23 am

I love this idea, absolutely beautiful. Simple steps, simple materials = easy project for me! Thank you for sharing your craft, I have some old canvases to repurpose for sure!

Ellen Christian March 15, 2013 - 3:01 am

What a great idea and they both came out so well!

Jamie March 15, 2013 - 9:20 am

What a great idea – you always have some of those napkins or things like it that are missing their match and now they can be turned into something else!! Thanks Tonya!! Pinned & Tweeted!

Tonya Staab March 15, 2013 - 7:31 pm

Thank you Mary 🙂

Mary March 15, 2013 - 7:18 pm

Great idea!

hankwillis April 2, 2013 - 6:02 am

Wow what a great wall art canvas you have made, i just want say thanks for sharing this awesome idea. Great post keeps it up….!!! 🙂


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