These DIY Paper Cut Out Canvases are so easy to make!
We moved into our new apartment last summer and it’s been a work in progress since. After letting go of years worth of decor I’d hauled from house to house I started over with fresh decor to suit the space. It’s all very colorful and whimsical. I call it my Happy Bubble. Our daughter left for college this fall, so I need all of the happy I can get.
There’s a space on the wall in the dining room that really needed filling. I wanted to make something food related that coordinated with the Ikea prints I have hanging already. I wanted it to be bold, graphic, simple, and colorful! I dug around the studio and found some happy printed scrapbook paper in an array of coordinated patterns and got to work with my scissors and glue runners. Et voila, bold, graphic, simple, and colorful! Gotta love it when an idea comes together.
Here’s how to make some of your own in just a few simple steps.
Materials (These are affiliate links, if you click on a link and make a purchase we get a small percentage of the sale. That’s how we keep ourselves in glue sticks and glitter!)
Coordinating Scrapbook Papers Here’s another set and another and one more!
Coordinating Solid Cardstock
Colorful Burlap or other textured background
Double Sided Fabric Adhesive Tape
Fabric Adhesive Sheets
Freeform draw the shape of your pear and apple on the scrapbook paper. I eyeballed this to fit the canvases. Cut a second apple that’s just slightly bigger. This is easy to do if you place the first apple on the paper and trace around it at about a 1/4″ increase. If you aren’t confident in your drawing skills, you can find simple shapes online or use a programmable die cutting machine and computer.
The paper that I used had words and phrases. I cut some out that worked for my images. You can write up your own and print them in colored ink on your computer if you prefer. I stacked the words on patterned paper and cut out around it at about 1/8″, then I stacked that again on a solid piece of card stock and repeated the process. Draw with a pencil and cut out your leaves and stems. I used a solid color for each stem and added a thin piece of patterned paper on top as shown.
Use double sided fabric tape on your canvas to adhere the burlap. Make sure you cut the adhesive with non-stick scissors, trust me. You could also opt for a liquid adhesive, but you need something that will work with Burlap without seeping through the other side.
Use a glue runner to adhere your stacked papers and repeat for the apple.
Adhere the elements to the burlap using the fabric adhesive tape or larger fabric adhesive sheets again using non-stick scissors to cut tape or sheets.
That’s it! Make a trio or a set of four and coordinate the themes to suit your decor.
Fun, fast, and fabulous DIY Paper Cut Out Canvases!