Drop cloths may be one of the most versatile DIY items you can buy. You can make curtains, rugs, pillows, you name it you can make it. I have one more thing to add to the list, a drop cloth painting canvas.
When I was in need of a large canvas, I was not impressed by the $85 price tag. I knew a drop cloth and some 2x2s could become the canvas I wanted and it cost me under $15!
Here’s what you need for a 48″x38 3/4″ canvas:
Cut your 2×2 strips to the dimensions you want. For my canvas size I cut 2 at 48″ and 2 at 36″.
To attach the sides together, add 2 pocket holes at the end of each 36″ piece.
Using the 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws, attach the 36″ strips to the 48″ strips.
You will have made yourself the frame for your canvas. You could add another piece in the middle for extra support, but let’s keep this as simple as possible, shall we? This photo made it look like I was framing my table saw.
You will want to iron your drop cloth before you attach it to the frame. Once that is done, lay it down on a flat surface and put the frame on top. Cut off the excess cloth, being sure to leave enough to pull over the frame.
I used a pneumatic stapler, but a manual one will work as well. Please notice the nail polish on my thumb. I never wear nail polish, or makeup for that matter (unless I’m being fancy) so it’s kind of a big deal and I would like credit 🙂
I prefer to do one side and then the opposite side so you can pull it tight.
Once all the sides are stapled, your canvas is ready for some paint. Can you believe how easy that was?!
Now listen, I’m no artist. This canvas works for crafty types who want to make an inexpensive piece of wall art. I know nothing of priming and prepping canvas. If you do, feel free to share in the comments.
I did have a fun idea for this little ditty though. The playroom was in need of a large piece of art for over the couch and I wanted it to represent our family in some abstract way.
So, I had Mr. Homemaker, and each of the kids pick a color that they felt represented them. I picked one for me as well.
I taped off 5 sections, and we got to painting.
Mr. Homemaker and my son chose blue which was no shock. So I had them paint the two outer sections.
My oldest picked purple because she thinks she’s a little rock and roll, with a little softened touch.
My middle daughter picked yellow because it is cheery and happy.
I picked orange. Mainly because I like it, but my kids thought I chose it because Home Depot is my favorite place to shop. That made me laugh 🙂
Now we have a big statement piece that is fun and represents each of us in our own little way.
You can head over to The Shabby Creek Cottage to check out even more drop cloth ideas!
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