If you’re looking for easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas then I’ve got the perfect one for you in this tutorial!
This fun and festive ‘Meet Me Under The Mistletoe’ sign is so cheap and easy to make. You don’t even need a Cricut machine!
Just as long as you’ve got some cheap canvases and access to a printer, you’re pretty much good to go. Here’s how to do it…
Christmas Reverse Canvas Tutorial
This pretty DIY Meet Me Under The Mistletoe sign uses a technique called DIY reverse canvas.
If you’ve never heard of it before, then this is basically just a fancy name for the process where you expose the wooden frame that’s underneath any old stretch canvas you’d usually use for painting on.
It’s so easy to do. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll start using this technique any time you have something homemade to frame and you don’t feel the need to splash out on a ready-made frame from a store. Fancy giving it a go? Let’s get to it!
DIY Meet Me Under The Mistletoe Sign
- Cheap art canvas (mine was about the size of a piece of printer paper)
- Your chosen ‘Meet Me Under The Mistletoe’ image (mine is this one from Etsy)
- Strong ribbon or chain (for hanging the frame up)
- Glue (a glue stick or craft glue will be fine)
- Staple gun
- Craft knife
- Sandpaper (optional)
- Wood primer (optional)
- Wood stain or spray paint (optional)
Step 1: Prepare your mistletoe image
Print your chosen image onto thick art paper. I bought mine from Etsy, but you could also create your own using a tool like Canva.
If needed, colour or paint your picture. I used coloured pencils for my picture to keep it quick and simple. I also included a bit of shading in particular areas to help make it pop and look a little more artistic.
Step 2: Prepare your canvas
Now that your artwork’s ready, it’s time to turn your attention to your canvas. Start by removing the canvas material with a craft knife – like I did in this video.
Slide your craft knife along the back of the canvas material so that it doesn’t matter if you slip.
And don’t worry if your cutting line is a little wonky as the wooden frame underneath is going to tidy everything up anyway.
Step 3: Prepare your frame
It’s now time to prep your frame. You have a few different options for what you could do, but you’ll always need to start with a light sanding first.
Then, you can:
- Stain your frame. Perfect for when you want to go for a darker colour like walnut, mahogany or black. This is one of the most popular methods for reverse canvas DIYs.
- Oil and wax it. This will result in a rustic look like what I did with my ‘Adventure Awaits’ reverse canvas earlier in the year.
- Spray paint it. This is great if you want to go for a metallic colour like silver or gold (perfect for a Christmas reverse canvas!) Note that you’ll always need to prime your frame if you’re going to go down this route.
If you’re making multiple reverse canvas pictures, you could prep the frames together to save time – like when I spray-painted three different frames all at the same time!
Step 4: Frame your picture
Once your frame is finished (and dry), trim your artwork to size if needed and glue it onto the canvas material.
Position your artwork inside the frame, flip it over and staple the canvas material to the back of your frame using a staple gun.
Step 5: Hang your sign and admire!
Staple some ribbon or chain to the back of your frame to help you hang it.
Small reverse canvas DIYs like this one are usually fairly light, so you can probably get away with just using some strong fabric ribbon.
But if you’ve got a much larger or heavier frame then you might want to use some chain from your local hardware store instead.
And voila – you’re done! Don’t you just love your new ‘Meet Me Under The Mistletoe’ Christmas decoration? It would also make such a sweet DIY gift.
More Christmas Crafts You Might Like
If you enjoyed making this Christmas reverse canvas, why not take a look at my other Christmas crafts?
I hope you enjoy making your Meet Me Under The Mistletoe sign!
If you make anything inspired by this tutorial then I’d love to see it, so tag me on Instagram @houseofmahalo!
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