Cricut St. Patrick’s Day Reverse Canvas

March 10, 2022

Create an adorable piece of St. Patrick’s Day artwork using this easy and affordable Cricut St. Patrick’s Day Reverse Canvas tutorial! 

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Last month, I got inspired to make some canvas art for our living room.  I saw a reverse canvas project using dollar store canvas.  You removed the stretched canvas from the wood frame, stained the wood, and attached it to the canvas board.  Then, you painted or stenciled onto the canvas board to create your wall art.

Instead of painting or stenciling onto the canvas, I used a dollar store wall decal and sealed it with Mod Podge.  After the project turned out to be a success, I immediately wondered if I could use Cricut iron-on vinyl to create canvas art.

With a bit of research, I was able to create some cute and budget-friendly art for St. Patrick’s Day!  I used the same technique as the wall decal art to prep the frame.  Then, I used my EasyPress Mini to adhere the iron-on design to the canvas.

Once the design was in place, I reattached the stained frame using 1/2″ nails (you could also use glue).  If desired, you could add hanging hardware to the back of the canvas. But this art looks cute sitting in a nook or on a shelf as well.

Cricut St. Patrick’s Day Reverse Canvas

This Cricut art project is an easy way to add a touch of St. Patrick’s Day charm to your decor.  All it takes is dollar store canvas, a little wood stain, and a vinyl design to create this trendy art project!

The first thing I did was prepare my frame.  I removed the stretched canvas from the wood frame.  Then, I used wood stain to stain the frame on the front and sides.  The back will be hidden so it’s up to you if you choose to stain it.

Open the Cricut St. Patrick’s Day Reverse Canvas file in Design Space.  If necessary, resize to fit inside the frame.  Then, follow the prompts to cut the design.  Make sure your image is mirrored!

When the image is cut, weed the design and position it onto the canvas.  I added heat resistant tape to secure the design to the canvas.

Heat the EasyPress Mini to medium and press the design, in sections, for 30 seconds.  Once it’s cool to the touch, carefully remove the clear film from the vinyl.

Now, we can attach the canvas to the frame.  You can use glue to do this, but I prefer to use 1/2″ nails so the canvas and frame are nice and secure.  If the canvas sticks out from the back of the frame, use an X-ACTO knife to trim the excess.

At this time, you might also want to add picture hanging hardware to the back.  Or you can skip this step and display your St. Patrick’s Day art on a shelf!



To prepare the canvas frame:

  1. Remove the stretched canvas from the frame.  Save the canvas for another project or discard.
  2. Stain the front and sides of the frame and allow to dry.
  3. While the stain is drying, create the canvas art using Cricut Design Space.

To create the St. Patrick’s Day art:

  1. Open the Cricut St. Patrick’s Day Reverse Canvas file in Design Space.
  2. Resize the image, if necessary. Then, prepare the StandardGrip mat with gold glitter iron-on vinyl.
  3. Don’t forget to mirror the image! Then, follow the prompts on screen to cut the design.
  4. Weed the design. Then, position the vinyl onto the canvas board and secure with Heat Resistant Tape.
  5. Heat the EasyPress Mini to medium.
  6. Then, press the design onto the canvas using gentle pressure for 30 seconds.
  7. Carefully remove the clear film off of the design once it’s cool to the touch.
  8. Attach the canvas to the back of the frame using 1/2″ nails.  If necessary, use an X-ACTO knife to trim an excess canvas that sticks out from the frame.
  9. If hanging, attach a sawtooth hanger to the back of the canvas.  Then, display your new St. Patrick’s Day artwork!

Similar canvas art projects use the stretched canvas removed from the frame to create their artwork.  But I prefer using canvas board since it allows for a sturdier base while you’re creating the iron-on art.

Not only does this tutorial allow you to make a cute and affordable piece of St. Patrick’s Day artwork – you can also use this technique to create other easy art pieces for your home!

Did you make this Cricut St. Patrick’s Day Reverse Canvas project? Share it on social media using the hashtag #livinglavidadiy. Don’t forget to tag me @lavidaholoka!


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