Let this Elsa-inspired canvas stencil add that magical touch (and Elsa’s empowering phrase) to your child’s Frozen-themed party.
After the party is over, this memorable quote craft makes a perfect addition to any boy or girls’ room.
Time: 1 hour
What You’ll Need
- White canvas fabric
- Fabric Iron-on transfer paper for light colored fabrics
- Cotton pillowcase
- 16″ x 20″ stretcher bars or picture frame
- Staple gun
- Pre-mounted canvas (optional)
- White glue or acrylic sealer (optional)
- Blue fabric spray paint (optional)
How To Make It
- Cut a rectangle of canvas fabric about 19 to 20 inches wide and 23 to 24 inches tall.
Optional: You can use blue fabric spray paint to create a blue background. Just make sure the paint is completely dry before you transfer the designs.
- Download and print the Elsa canvas stencil onto a sheet of light iron-on transfer paper. Use the print settings recommended by the manufacturer.
Note: The printable included was designed for a 16 x 20 canvas, use your printer settings to scale them appropriately if using a smaller or larger canvas.
- Preheat iron using the setting for cotton. Do not use steam. Lay a pillowcase on a hard, heat-resistant surface, such as a wooden table or marble counter top. A regular ironing board is not suitable.
- Iron any wrinkles out the pillowcase. Place the rectangle of canvas fabric on top of the pillowcase and iron it also.
- Trim with scissors around the edges of the printed images and letters, without leaving a margin. You should cut away and discard all unprinted parts of the paper. Peel the backing layer off the transfer paper.
- Place the printed, trimmed transfer in the center of the canvas fabric. It should be image-side-up, just as you want the finished canvas to appear.
- Lay the sheet of special overlay paper or tissue paper — which should come with the iron-on transfer paper — over the top of the transfer.
- Press down on the overlay paper with the hot iron for about 30 seconds and then reposition the iron on an adjacent part of the paper and press for another 30 seconds. Repeat this until you have pressed the whole surface of the transfer. This process lightly fixes the image in place.
- Iron the overlay again, this time pressing firmly and gliding the iron up and down and all over the surface for a total of one or two minutes. This second pressing affixes the transfer to the canvas permanently.
- Let the fabric cool for a minute or two, then peel away the overlay paper.
- Center the canvas over the stretcher bars or frame. One at a time, pull the side edges of the canvas over the sides of the frame and staple them in place on the back.
Keep the canvas pulled taut and smooth as you do this. Fold the corners of the fabric neatly before stapling them at the back of the frame too.
Optional: Paint a layer of white glue or spray a coating of acrylic sealer over the canvas and let it dry. This gives the canvas a nice, shiny finish.
Cutting and ironing should be done by an adult.
You can also use a framed canvas for this project, but you will have to remove the staples to take the canvas off the frame before you iron on the transfer. Just staple the canvas back on to the frame after you have applied the transfer.
If the transfer image hasn’t fully adhered to the canvas after the ironing process, lay the overlay sheet back over the transfer and iron it again.
*See image below for assembled canvases and layout inspiration.