A reverse canvas is a technique where you flip a canvas inside out and use the backing as a frame and the canvas as the background. A reverse canvas can be an inexpensive way to decorate your home or office and is a relatively easy art project.


  • Canvas

  • Markers

  • Acrylic Paint

  • Crayons

  • Wood Stain

  • Stapler


Step 1: remove the canvas from the plastic cover

Step 2: turn the canvas over, you will see the canvas wrapped around a wood frame. Gently remove canvas from wood backing (use scissors to remove the staples or cut small incisions, be careful not to rip the canvas itself). There is no need to remove the staples.

Step 3: Stain wood frame (if you decide to) using a paintbrush, sponge or paper towel (you only need to stain one side of the frame). Set the frame aside and give it time to dry.

Step 4: decorate the canvas with the design of your choice

Step 5: When the frame is dry (and the design depending on what you decided to decorate with) attach the canvas to the back of the wood frame. Adhere with staples in the four corners.

Step 6: Enjoy decorating your home with your reverse canvas!

 You can either lean your canvas against a mirror or wall. Your canvas can be hung with command strips or by attaching saw tooth hooks.


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