Fabric canvas hanging on a wall

How to Upcycle a Canvas into a Fabric Noticeboard

I first made this craft a few years ago, way before I had a blog or even crafted on a regular basis. I had just bought my first home and wanted to try my hand at making some homemade items.

Fabric covered DIY noticeboard

It was time to refresh the noticeboard so I thought it would make a cool blog post. This is so easy to make and a great craft for beginners.

What you will Need 

A 30cm x 30cm blank canvas




Staple Gun

How to Make 

Canvas covered with wadding and stapled

Take your canvas and lay it face down on the Wadding, pull the wadding around the back so you have enough room to staple it to the back. of the frame. Trim the wadding to get rid of any excess. I picked up my wadding from Dunelm quite cheap. Staple your wadding to the canvas ensuring it is stretched across the face of the canvas with no lumps or bumps.

Ironing creases out of orange fabric

Take your chosen fabric, I have had this beautiful orange ikat fabric for a while and I’m so glad I finally got round to using it. Iron out any creases before you get stapling as it will be more difficult once on the canvas.

Fabric stapled onto canvas

Cut the fabric leaving enough border to be able to wrap around the back, staple down the fabric starting at the top before moving to the bottom, then wrap the sides in. Ensure the front is smooth before you staple down the final side. Tuck in the corners, you can trim off any excess if needed.

Ribbon crossed over fabric

Cut two lengths of ribbon roughly 50 cms long, criss cross them across the front of your DIY noticeboard before securing them with staples at the back. Try and keep the ribbon as taut as possible.

Ribbon criss crossed over fabric

Cut 4 more pieces of ribbon to 33 cms and add them to the noticeboard diagonal across the four corners, intertwine the ribbons to ensure  that you create pockets of ribbon that will hold your important notes, lists and invites. Secure the ribbons at the back using staples again.

A loop of ribbon stapled on the back of a canvas

Take a piece of ribbon roughly 14 cms, make a hoop and secure to the back of the canvas at the top, in the centre. This step is optional but if you want to hang your noticeboard it is pretty essential. You may notice I have a different colour, its because I ran out of ribbon, so make sure you have at least 3 metres.

Fabric noticeboard on a shelf with plants and ornaments

This up-cycled noticeboard craft can be personalised to use your favourite fabrics to suit your decor. I love the contrasting ribbon, I really think it helps the colours pop. If you are considering buying a staple gun, I seriously recommend it, this one only cost £5 from home bargains and you will get so much use out of it.

If you make your own DIY noticeboard, don’t forget to show me, I always like to see your handmade projects, tag @i_heart_maggie  for Instagram or @IHeart_Maggie on twitter.


Claire X


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