In need of some budget artwork for a craft or office area? This paper patchwork canvas is the perfect project. It takes about an hour to complete, and costs $10 to $20 depending on what you have on hand. It was inspired by this project by Chris Glass. It takes about an hour to complete, and costs $10 to $20.
- 16″x20″ blank canvas (or other size)
- 20-4″x4″ squares of decorative paper
- Modge Podge
- Foam Brush
- Bone Folder
- Scissors or Paper Cutter
Step One: Gather all your supplies in one spot.
Step Two: Arrange the squares in the pattern you would like. This takes a bit of time as you may end up not liking the combination of paper you’ve picked. If you are detail oriented and want all lines to be perfectly straight, you can mark off lines on your canvas to create perfect 4″x4″ squares.
The original layout had too much brown, so I ended up choosing a much larger 8″x8″ piece of paper to provide a focal point.
Step Three: Gather up the pieces in an order you’ll remember and begin painting the back of each piece with Modge Podge. Place the pieces in the desired order on the canvas. Smooth out air bubbles and edges with a bone folder (or other straight edge). Be careful not to peel up the corners of each square.
Step Four: Let the canvas dry overnight, weighting it with heavy books or other items if necessary. Glue down any curled up edges. Coat with two layers of Modge Podge, letting the first layer dry for 15 minutes. Let the canvas dry, and then hang in a prominent spot!