Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Memory Canvas Wreath

Shopping List

8 - 5x5, 4 - 4x4, 4 - 2x2 Stretched Canvas

1/2 yrd burlap, 1/4 yrd cotton fabric

Tim Holtz accessories, embellishments, stickers, distressed ink pad & grunge paper

Making Memories black letter & and sign

My Minds Eye ribbon ( Stella & Rose coll.)

Caras Crafts clothes pins & scrabble pieces

Bottle cap & twine

Floral metal wreath ring

E6000 glue & Pioneer glue stick

Tools Needed

Staple gun


Collect old or new photo’s & memorabilia that you would like to use on this project. I Used a lot of Tim Holtz Idea-ology collection.

Start with covering 4-5x5 & 2-4x4 canvas with burlap and 2-4x4 with cotton. Then use distressed ink all over your burlap and fabric to create the distressed look.

Then paint 2-5x5 & 2-2x2 canvas with black acrylic paint.

Take the last canvases 2-5x5 & 2-2x2 cover with Tim Holtz Tissue Tape. Then use distressed ink over the top and sides of canvas.

After everything is dry. Lay out how you would like your wreath to connect.

Start by placing photos and memorabilia on the canvas.

Use E6000 to glue down most objects and to glue smaller canvases on top & Pioneer glue stick for photo’s and paper.

After you have decorated all your canvases then you need to get them to connect to each other. As you can see in the photo I took small 2x2 pieces of the Tim Holtz Grunge Paper. Then stapled it to the back of the wreath to get the large canvases to form a circle & connect. This is an important step because it’s the only way to keep your canvases straight and in a well shaped circle.

Then I glued the smaller canvas to the top of the 5x5’s using E6000.

Once everything is dry I stapled down a floral metal ring to the back of the canvas. This also give you a hook to hang your wreath with.


  1. I LOVE this project! It's architectural, it's homey, it's crafty, it's personal all at the same time!

  2. This project is amazing! Thank you... I would have liked to see a video or "how-to" in pictures on how you placed the canvas together in the circle. It still looks hard. But I would have never thought to use E6000 to adhere it, so thanks for that tip! What a great idea for Christmas! Thanks again!

  3. Omgosh! This is my favorite craft ever. Seriously, of all time. Maybe because I have purchased some of these accessories already. I love the Tim Holtz everything. I am going to try and make this asap. I do think (feel free to give your thoughts), that living in the relentless Texas sun, I may try the Krylon UV protectant clear spray on the photos, etc. that are not going to be interchangeable with clips, etc.
    Anyway, I also wanted to say that this is my first visit to your site and I will likely spend my afternoon catching up on all your posts. Oh well, those dishes can wait a little longer. :)


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