DIY Cactus Fabric-Covered Canvas Wall Art – How To-sday

October 28, 2015 separator Cactus Crafts

Cactus DIY Fabric Canvas Art


Breaking news: I’m still obsessed with cacti. Yes, still.

And I have another one coming next week. It’s a problem, I know…

Anywho, my friend Audrey from This Little Street recently launched her beautiful California Dreaming pattern collection (you HAVE to see the rest of the suite!) about five seconds before having her beautiful baby girl and STILL hasn’t skipped a beat. She asked me to create something fun with a design from the collection, and I ended up putting two of them together for a sweet little wall art pair.

Cactus DIY Fabric Canvas Art

P.S. If you can’t get enough, go check out what everyone has been creating with the amazing prints over on the #thislittlepattern feed on Instagram!

Now before you get to the tutorial, tell me – which fabrics or patterns would you use for your own wall art? 

DIY Fabric Canvas Art

Cactus DIY Fabric Canvas Art - Supplies


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Cactus DIY Fabric Canvas Art - Step 1

1.   Cut each piece of fabric to 3″ larger than the corresponding canvas. So, if you want your fabric to cover and 8″x10″ canvas, add three inches to both measurements; and cut the fabric to 11″x13″.

You can do this with a regular ‘ole pair of scissors, but for fabric or large sheets of paper, I prefer to use a rotary cutting set for a clean, straight line. You just get a lot more control over the final product this way.

Cactus DIY Fabric Canvas Art - Step 2

2.   Use a staple gun with short/shallow staples (so you don’t go straight through the canvas frame) to first fold over and staple the four corners of the fabric.

Next, staple the top and bottom, pulling the fabric tight as you go. Do the sides last.

Cactus DIY Fabric Canvas Art - Step 3

3.   Now, on the lighter or more plain fabric, draw a design that matches the patterned fabric. The fabric I used had lots of cute flowers and berries and things, but I especially loved the rambling cactus.

Use a fabric pencil (ignore the fact that I’m using a real pencil – oops) to lightly sketch the design. Don’t press too hard or you’ll dent the canvas.

Cactus DIY Fabric Canvas Art - Step 7

4.   Mix your paint. I needed two shades of green for the cactus, a pink for the cactus blooms, and white for the thorns. Since I just had a darker pink and only one green in the right color neighborhood, I mixed them both with white to get the extra colors I needed.

Cactus DIY Fabric Canvas Art - Step 5

You can use the colorful fabric as a guide when mixing your colors. Ignore the bright green in the photo above because I didn’t end up using it. Other than that, though, you can see how the colors that I mixed basically match the colors from the cactus.

Cactus DIY Fabric Canvas Art - Step 4

5.   Begin to fill in the drawing you made on the fabric. Do one entire color before moving onto the next. Be sure to paint completely over the pencil lines you made so that they aren’t peeking out from under the paint.

Once you’ve gone through all your colors and filled in the whole design, you might need to add a second coat of paint in some areas. For me, the black lines were still peeking through, so I gave the whole thing another layer of paint.

Cactus DIY Fabric Canvas Art - Step 6

6.   All you’re missing now is the details! Add any finishing touches, like the white thorns on my little cactus here!

Cactus DIY Fabric Canvas Art Tutorial

(Photos by Alicia Bruce of Love Knot Photo for Shrimp Salad Circus)


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  2. This is so cute! I like cacti too. I’ve never thought of covering a canvas with fabric. I might need to now, since I have tons of awesome fabrics!

    1. Thanks, Sara! It’s so easy and gives you so much freedom to switch out designs without having to spend a ton of time painting. 😀

    1. Thanks, Tan! And if you had a heavier weight fabric, you could even just staple it over a flat frame!!

  3. Awww I just love it!!! I really need to spruce up my home and this would be such a cute way!! =)

  4. Such an easy way to make some impactful wall art! And of course you can’t go wrong with any of those beautiful patterns!

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