How to Transfer an Iron-on Transfer Picture to a Wall Canvas

Written by kenneth coppens
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If you have a favourite picture, whether it be a photograph or one you created on a computer, you may want to display it on your wall. While you can simply print a picture out on plain white paper and hang it in a frame, some people prefer a more artistic touch. Photos can be printed on iron-on transfer paper and put on a wall canvas. Unfortunately, this type of paper can't be transferred directly to most canvases, so it requires a little extra work.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • White T-shirt or pillowcase
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Spray adhesive

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  1. 1

    Print the image on the iron-on transfer paper. Keep in mind the image will be reversed when transferred, so flip it horizontally before you print it if desired.

  2. 2

    Trim the blank border around the printed image with a pair of scissors if necessary. Be cautious when you cut to avoid damage to the image.

  3. 3

    Iron a white T-shirt or pillowcase to remove any wrinkles. A hard surface, such as a counter top, can be used to get the smoothest results.

  4. 4

    Lay the image down on the smooth fabric. Be sure the image is pressed against the fabric and the removable paper faces up.

  5. 5

    Iron the image on the fabric at high heat. Start in the top left corner and work your way to the right. The entire ironing process should take no more than two minutes. Be sure to move the iron constantly to avoid burns.

  6. 6

    Grab a corner of the paper while it's still hot and gently pull it away from the fabric. The image should stay on the fabric. Let the fabric cool for five minutes before you handle it again.

  7. 7

    Cut the fabric around the edges of the image. To get the cleanest look, the fabric should be cut to the exact same size as the iron-on image.

  8. 8

    Apply an all-purpose spray adhesive to the back of the fabric. Be sure to cover the entire back of the fabric, especially along the edges. Most all-purpose spray adhesives can be used on fabric, but read the label to make sure.

  9. 9

    Press the fabric against the canvas. Apply the top two corners first and press it down firmly. Slowly work your way down the fabric until you reach the bottom corners. Be sure to work quickly, but carefully, as the adhesive may dry quickly.

Tips and warnings

  • The fabric can also be sewn to the canvas for extra security. If you choose to do this, you only need to sew along the edges of the fabric.

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