I am super excited about a new series here on I SPY DIY. Cotton has challenged me to pick a material and create two different DIY projects. First up: Cotton Canvas. The possibilities are endless with this super versatile material. I regularly buy pre-stretched canvases to DIY artwork for my walls. This time, I wanted to take a step back, start with the raw materials, and stretch the canvas myself. The second project using canvas is new Fall placemats for my dinner table. The cotton canvas is perfect for this project because it will not unravel after cutting, and it’s durable and washable for reuse. I based the design off my new plates and my slight obsession for yellow, but feel free to match to the decor in your own home. At only $4.00/yd, you will have enough canvas to make placemats for every season! Steps and supplies after the break…


Colorblock Placemats
What you need:
Cotton Canvas
Fabric Paint
Small Paint Roller
Painters tape

What to do:
Measure and mark a 12×18″ rectangle on your canvas.
Cut out the rectangle.
To get a frayed look on perimeter, pull out the horizontal threads to reveal vertical threads.
Tape a line in the middle of your rectangle.
Paint half yellow, and half white. Let Dry.
Pull off tape.
Add an additional gold line if desired, using the same technique.
Heat set paint with an iron before washing.


Stretched Canvas Painting
What you need:
Cotton Canvas
Acrylic Paint
Small Paint Roller
Circle sponge
Wood Stretcher strips
Staple gun

What to do:
Cut a piece of canvas 3″ larger than your frame on each side
Paint canvas white.
Add polka dots using circle sponge or use roller to create a colorblocked painting
Let dry.
Assemble frame, using wood glue to secure corners.
Flip over painting, lay frame on back. Pull one side tight and staple to the frame.
Repeat on each side stapling in the middle.
Fold corners as shown and staple to frame.
Add additional staples to secure canvas.

This series of “One Material, Two DIYs” is sponsored by Cotton. Thank you for supporting my amazing sponsors who make I SPY DIY possible! 

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  1. I love the colours of the pics.

    ◈✾◈✾◈diy Monas de Seda◈✾◈✾

  2. Sacha says:

    Love the paintings! Great inspiration, thank you!

  3. lanie says:

    I love the light-would you perhaps be able to share where it is from?


  4. rae says:

    Great DIYS! I especially love the idea for placemats – esp. because you could really go wild and make tons of different designs for different holidays as well.

    rae of lovefromberlin

  5. sherry says:

    Love the ideas. Cotton is my favorite material. Use it for so many things.

  6. Jessica says:

    The paintings are gorgeous and those DIY perfect! You’re very talented x

  7. Paige says:

    Ahh! The colors in this post just make me happy! 🙂
    I love both projects!

  8. sharon says:

    Such nice colors. Both the projects are super great.

  9. Kat says:

    Where did you find the EAT plates? Those are adorable! Place settings fit so well together.

    1. Jenni says:

      I got the EAT plates on 🙂

  10. Isabella says:

    That colour ROCKS! It’s so vibrant and can make any place shine! 🙂
    I especially loved how those plates are so well aligned with the canvas placemats; it can bring an extra boost to any meal!

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