5 Little Monsters: Christmas Reverse Canvas- 3 Designs

Christmas Reverse Canvas- 3 Designs

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I just planned some crafts for a girl's night with the women in my family, which I will share more about later, and I wanted to come up with some things that would be quick, easy, and inexpensive to make.

One of the things that we ended up making was Christmas Reverse Canvases. I chose 3 different designs and made up some samples, and I thought I would share them here.

A reverse canvas is when you take the canvas of of the frame that it is wrapped around, paint or stain the frame, then you add something to the canvas (we used iron on), trim it down, and reattach it to the back of the frame.

You can find canvases for pretty cheap, I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for $10 for a 10 pack of 8"x10" canvases, and I have found them on sale for a similar price at other craft stores. I happened to have the other supplies on hand, but even with the other supplies they would have only been a couple of dollars each which isn't bad.

How to Make Christmas Reverse Canvases

You will need:

  • Cricut Maker or Explore
  • 8x10 canvas (pre-stretched)
  • iron on (I used Cricut Everyday Iron On in black and gold)
  • paint or stain (I used black acrylic craft paint and DecoArt Color Stain in gray and chocolate)
  • EasyPress or iron
  • EasyPress Mat
  • Glue gun or stapler


Open the Christmas Reverse Canvas Design Space file. Cut the designs that you want out of iron on, don't forget to mirror your designs. 

Carefully remove the canvas from the wood frame it is wrapped around. 

Paint or stain the frame and set aside to dry. 

Press the design to the center of the canvas

Center the design in the frame and trace around the outside of the frame. Trim the canvas inside of the traced line so that it fits on the back of the frame. 

Glue or staple the canvas to the back of the frame. 

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