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How to Make a Canvas in ANY SIZE for FREE!

How to make a canvas out of cardboard

Hey guys, it's Megan!

I don't know about you, but I always seem to be left with tons of empty Amazon boxes after the holidays. I figured I'd put a few of them to good use by turning them into canvases!

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For this project you'll need:


If you don't have Gesso, you can make your own with things you probably have in your kitchen! You can find the recipe here.

First, cut your cardboard to size. Your only limit is the box dimensions!

Cover the sides of the cardboard with masking tape. This helps to disguise the corrugated edges.

Cardboard with masking tape around the edges

Next, cover your canvas with a layer of Mod Podge. If you don't have Mod Podge, you can use a mixture of equal parts Elmer's/PVA glue and water.

This will help prevent the canvas from warping too much when you paint it.

Painting Mod Podge on top of cardboard.

When the Mod Podge dries, cover the canvas with a layer of Gesso. If you don't have gesso, make sure to check out my homemade version!

Homemade Gesso being painted on cardboard to make a canvas panel.

When the gesso dries, your DIY canvas is ready to go! You can use this just like you'd use a store bought canvas panel. This is the perfect way to create art for an inexpensive galley wall!

How to make a canvas using a cardboard box.
Finished DIY Canvas

If you need inspiration for what to paint on your canvas, make sure to check out my painting tutorials!

DIY Cardboard Canvas Pinterest Image. How to make a canvas panel.
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May 28, 2020

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