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DIY Canvas Art with a Basketweave Stencil

You don’t need to be an artist to create beautiful artwork worthy of your walls or fireplace mantle. Using a large simple stencil is one way to make beautiful and impressive DIY canvas art you’ll be proud to show off.

Decorations placed on a white fireplace mantle. There is a basket with purple flowers, candles, a gold canvas sign with the words "home" on it, wooden bird houses, vase with purple pine cones and a gold leaf painted pumpkin

A Beautiful Basketweave Stenciled Canvas

I instantly fell in love with this large basketweave stencil pattern when I came across it. Looking to add a large art piece to my Fall mantle but not wanting to pay the price for original art, I opted for a DIY canvas art piece instead. It was the perfect touch to the rustic and elegant vibe I was going for. 

I purchased a large artist’s canvas measuring 20”x20” so that the art piece would stand out on top of the mantel along with this gold metallic leaf painted craft pumpkin and gold dipped upcycled basket vase along with other decor.

DIY canvas art

Using stencils in your DIYs and craft projects is a great way of getting original art in a professional style. Just look at all the creative ways we’ve used a stencil over the years:

Materials needed to make this DIY Canvas Art:

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materials needed for craft project. wooden cut out of the word "home". gold metallic paint and white paint. paint brushes, stencil brush and stencil.

How to make Stenciled DIY Canvas Art:

A few tips with stenciling before getting started:

  • Protect work surface with a sheet of newspaper or parchment paper.
  • Allow paint to fully dry between steps and when changing to a new color.
  • Repeat with as many coats as needed to achieve desired coverage.

Paint the surface of the canvas in Buttermilk.

woman painting a canvas with "buttermilk color" paint

Paint the canvas edges in Midnite Blue. Wipe away the excess navy paint with a clean rag. And don’t worry if some of the blue wraps over the top edge of the canvas, that adds to the rustic, one of a kind look;)

edge of the canvas with blue paint

Place the stencil on top of the canvas and tape the edges in place to hold while painting.

Stencil laid on top of the canvas.

Using a stencil brush or foam pouncer, gently brush over top of the stencil to create the basketweave pattern.

Stencil on top of a canvas. Woman using stencil brush to paint with gold color on the canvas.

Carefully lift the stencil and leave it to dry before continuing on.

progress of the painted canvas with stencilled design using the gold paint.

Reposition the stencil on the canvas to continue the pattern on the remaining areas of the canvas.

To make certain areas of the basketweave pattern darker, reposition the pattern over top and repeat with a second coat of paint.

Once the stenciling is done, add glue to the back side of the wooden “home sign and press it to the center of the canvas. I left the wooden “home” sign in a natural finish but you could also paint it in another complimentary color.

And there you have it! Beautiful DIY Canvas Art is a breeze with this simple basketweave stencil pattern.

Close up of decorations. There are candles, a gold canvas sign with the words "home" on it, wooden bird houses, vase with purple pine cones and a gold leaf painted pumpkin.

This project was originally shared in DecoArt’s Project Gallery.

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The words "Stenciled wall art" above a close up of a gold canvas sign with the words "home".
woman using paint brush to put glue on the back of a wooden cut out that spells "home".

Stencilled Fall Wall Art

Jane and Sonja
5 from 1 vote
Servings 1 wall art

Materials
  

  • 1 Art Canvas 20"x20"
  • 1 Basketweave Stencil 18”x18”
  • Matte Metallic paint gold
  • Americana Acrylics paints Midnight Blue, Lavender, Buttermilk
  • Craft Twinkles paint gold
  • Stencil Brush
  • Fine tip paint brushes assorted sizes and tips
  • 2 Flat paint brush
  • Wooden lettered pallet shape such as “home”
  • Hot glue gun and clear craft glue

Instructions
 

  • Paint the surface of the canvas in Buttermilk.
  • Paint the canvas edges in Midnite Blue.
  • Place the stencil on top of the canvas and tape the edges in place to hold.
  • Using a stencil brush, gently brush over top of the stencil to create the basketweave pattern.
  • Carefully lift stencil and leave paint to dry before continuing.
  • Reposition the stencil on the canvas to continue the pattern.
  • To make certain areas of the basketweave pattern darker, repeat with a second coat of paint.
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