Introduction: Canvas Wall Art (With a Geek Twist)

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An easy way to make custom canvas wall art, with a geek twist! (yay fan art!)

I love getting inspired and unleashing my geeky side whenever possible and putting these images on canvas's was a fun and elegant way of displaying them! And now I get to enjoy some of my all time favorites everyday! : )

This project is super easy with minimal supplies and completely customizable to your style! Use your favorite images and/or photos!

Step 1: Check Out the Full Video Tutorial!

Step 2: Gather Your Supplies

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Supplies Needed:


  • Staple Gun (find one here)
  • Scissors / Paper Trimmer (here is the one I use)
  • Paint Can Opener / Flat Head Screw Driver (find one here or use anything to help remove the original staples on the canvas)
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Iron


  • 1 Canvas (size of your choice, mine was 12" x 16" you can find the same kind here)
  • Heat Transfer Paper (size should fit your canvas, I used 11" x 17", you can find the same kind here)
  • Modge Podge (*optional* you can use this to seal your canvas)
  • Staples


You can iron your image straight onto the original canvas fabric but for a cleaner look I would suggest using new white canvas fabric (from the fabric store) as the original may have a waxy finish that can make it difficult to transfer your image smoothly.

Step 3: Choose & Print Your Image

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Supplies Needed:


  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Scissors/Paper Trimmer


  • Heat Transfer Paper

Decide what image/images you would like to transfer onto your canvas.

For this project I went with a "geeky" theme and chose images from my favorite movies, shows & games. I found my images through some google searches and modified them a bit in Photoshop. I also added some inspirational quotes to go with each image to keep me motivated! "Dude, suckin' at something is the first step towards being sorta good at something." - Jake the Dog

Since I made more than one canvas to create a gallery, I found it helpful to plan out the arrangement first to make sure I liked all of my photos.

Next you want to print your images onto your heat transfer paper. Make sure to read the directions for your specific paper so you know whether or not you will need to flip your image. From my experience light transfer paper requires a flipped image and dark transfer paper stays as is but I would recommend reading the directions for your specific kind.

Trim your image if necessary, I used a paper trimmer to cut mine down to size.

Step 4: Take Apart Your Canvas

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Supplies Needed:


  • Paint Can Opener / Flat Head Screw Driver ( or anything to help remove the original staples on the canvas)


  • Canvas

Remove the canvas from the frame.

I used a paint can opener to pry up the existing staples.

Step 5: Iron on Your Image

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Supplies Needed:


  • Iron


  • Canvas
  • Image (printed on heat transfer paper)

Iron your image onto the canvas fabric. Make sure to read the directions for your heat transfer paper. For my image, I laid the heat transfer paper face down and ironed over the back of the paper. What worked best for me was applying slightly firm pressure and making slow passes over the entire paper. It took me about 1min the get the image fully transferred.

Peel off the paper backing once the canvas is completely cooled.


It helps to make sure the edges are transferred completely so that the image does not tear when peeling off the backing.

Step 6: Attach the Canvas Back Onto the Frame

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Supplies Needed:


  • Staple Gun


  • Staples
  • Canvas (with image ironed on)
  • Frame

Position your canvas back onto the frame. It you are using the original canvas fabric it should still have some creases to help you guide it back on.

I started out by stapling one side to the frame. Then moved on to the opposite side, pulling the canvas to give it a tight bond.

Then repeated for the remaining sides.

Then your done!

*For a finishing option you can also seal your canvas with some modge podge to further protect it.

Step 7: Hang & Enjoy!

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The last thing to do is hang your new canvas on the wall!

Or if you want to get crazy you can make several canvas and create a gallery! (like me!)


LeoC3 (author)2015-01-29

Out of curiosity...I can see that this works to transfer onto canvas, but would you say it would work on other material such as bed sheets or t shirts??

mactothefuture (author)LeoC32015-01-30

Definitley! The heat transfer paper I used is actually made for t-shirts : ) Just make sure you get the right type if paper, for light or dark fabrics depending on what color material your using.

Asquared16 (author)2015-01-25

Sorry to be that guy, but on the princess bubblegum print, 'too' not 'to'.
Very cool project though. I'll have to give it a shot.

Your not that guy : ) and you should give it a shot! : )

kcarter2 (author)mactothefuture2015-01-26

I'm not gonna be "that girl", I'm just going to imply that I am ;)

mactothefuture (author)kcarter22015-01-26

Lol, noted! Thank Yoou ; )

Svumpukkel (author)2015-01-25

First of; nicely done, and a great idea! :)

Second: I noticed on the last page, you have a Mario-inspired bracelet? Was that also home made, or did you buy that somewhere? :D

Thanks so much!! Glad you enjoyed it! : )

The Mario bracelet is another project I made, here is a link so you can check it out: : )

hlagas (author)2015-01-22

Hello again, mactothefuture, and thanks so much for the printer recommendation!!

mactothefuture (author)hlagas2015-01-22

No problemo hlagas!! Cheers to fun crafting! : )

hlagas (author)2015-01-22

Did you take these to a commercial printing place, or do you have a printer that will do large sizes? If you have your own printer, I would love to know what brand and model it is, as I would like to invest in a good color printer some day. Love this 'ible - my son and I already have several pictures ready to do. Thanks for posting!!

mactothefuture (author)hlagas2015-01-22

Thanks for checking out this project, glad you and your son enjoyed it!! I printed these with my own printer, it is a Canon Pro9000 Mark II. I actually purchased mine a few years ago (2009?) as a refurbished printer from the Canon website. The refurbished printers are discounted but the inventory changes quite often so I would recommend checking every once in a while. I have used Canon products for a long time and have always been very happy with the quality, and if your going to invest I would just recommend searching online for a good deal. My printer goes up to 13"X19" which is a nice feature when you want to print large images. Hope that helps! : )

cptdoogle (author)2015-01-22

Awesome! I love your designs too!

mactothefuture (author)cptdoogle2015-01-22

So glad you liked it!! Thanks!! : )

fishkeeper101 (author)2015-01-22

Very nice project!

Thanks so much!! : ) : )

Dark1lives (author)2015-01-22

pretty genius, I've been trying to figure out a good way to make my own canvas prints. think I found it.

Haha! Awesome! Glad to hear it! : )

hrojas3 (author)2015-01-22

Hello very cool, i live in México and make frames every day, and this is a exelent idea! Thanks

mactothefuture (author)hrojas32015-01-22

Thanks so much! So glad to hear you liked this project! I'm sure you've got the technique down if your making frames everyday! : )

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