Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Using Iron-On Transfers to Create Art

I have always liked the idea of rotating accessories and really quite enjoy it, but I really enjoy to do it seasonally. I like keeping a collage of art and photos over the sofa and I decided to do a little DIY art for Autumn.

For Summer:

For Fall:

I took down the flower and beach pictures, but I left the coral fern and winter tree (the two largest pieces) because I think they still work. The coral fern could be a "spooky branch" for Halloween right? :)
Really though, I have always really liked how the coral fern mimics the winter tree in shape, and I'll just add in some color for fall.

Here is what you'll need for the pumpkin canvas:

Pumpkin image from your computer

14" stretcher bars

Orange fabric

Iron-on transfer paper
staple gun

First, assemble the stretcher bars. Stretcher bars are found in the art department of any craft store. They come in various sizes, from 8" up to 40" so you can make any size frame you want. They are a really soft pine and easy to staple into, plus, they are really inexpensive.

Assembled frame:

Next, print out the pumpkin image onto iron-on transfer paper, and set aside. Cut your fabric 2" bigger than the frame. Cut out the pumpkin image and iron onto the center of the fabric, I just eye balled it.

After the image cools and the paper backing is pulled off,
center over the top of the frame, flip over and staple all the way around, pulling the fabric gently

After everything is secure, you have an art piece ready to hang!
I made a companion piece as well, printed and ironed on another style of pumpkin onto a linen color fabric
Stretched it also, this is an 8x8 size (isn't it cute?)

I hope you're inspired to try some iron-on tranfer art! It's not just for t-shirts anymore! Thanks for stopping by!



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  1. Great project...I loved the cream one on your mantle, so thanks for sharing the how-to!

  2. That looks so good. One of these days I will figure out how to do that.

  3. Very cute! Dumb question. Could I iron this on to a pre-bought canvas? Or staple the linen to the back of the canvas? Let me know if that didn't make sense. :P

  4. Roo, if you have an existing canvas, great, half the work is done for you! I would staple the linen right over the canvas, all it will do is give it some extra support. If the canvas has a painting/picture already, you may want to paint it solid, so it doesn't show through. It might be hard to hang if you go over the back side.

  5. love this idea, thanks for sharing!

  6. Ooo...I like this better than doing it on t-shirts.

  7. I had never thought of this before, What a great idea.....I love the way they both turned out. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I'm not normally a huge fan of Halloween and fall decor, but your pumpkins are cute!

  9. What a great idea. I love this decor for fall.

  10. Recently, I experimented with the iron on transfers. They are fun and easy and now I have a great idea for using them! Great idea

  11. Michelle,
    That looks great! Have you found a good source for the iron on transfer paper? Around here it's pretty pricey for a small piece. Just curious. You've got such great style!
    Heidi - Heart and Home

  12. Thanks Heidi, the transfer paper is a little pricey. I get mine at Walmart in the Office Supply area. The name brand is Avery and it runs about 8 dollars for 6 sheets.

  13. Your fall arrangement looks wonderful. I love all the white in your home - makes it so easy to change things up with the seasons. Your fireplace mantel is gorgeous.

  14. Wow, that is so cool! I never thought about using iron-on transfers for a print like that. What a great idea!

  15. Oooh, I love the one on the linen fabric. I've got everything I need here to do one of those! Love it when it works out that way. I really like your whole Fall wall. Looks great!

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my scrap paper embroidery hoops!

    ~ The Speckled Dog

  16. Michelle, I love it! I also love that I just bought some stretcher bars too! :0) This is a great project to jumpstart my fall decorating!! I am having trouble finding a pumpkin I like though, would you mind sharing where you found your lovely pictures? All I seem to come across look a little too cartoon-like for me. Thanks!!

  17. HAL,the two pumpkin images are from on Etsy Shop called Olive Rue. But I just checked and they are in vacation mode, re-opening soon. Have you checked with Graphics Fairy and Vintage Moth? I like a lot of stuff from those two sites and the are free.

  18. Thanks! Very cute blogs! Looking as we speak :o)

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  20. Hi Michelle,

    Your projects are always impressive. You make everything you touch look polished and professional! Loved your fall mantel makeover.

    Congrats on the mention at Jan's Bobbypins Boardwalk. Well-deserved!

    Warmest regards,

  21. I always fall in love with your stuff! Your fall arrangement is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas, you're very inspiring!

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