DIY ideas for using a canvas drop cloth

DIY ideas for using a canvas Drop Cloth


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Coming up with ideas for ways to cover a patio on one of our current design projects, we decided to think outside the box and explore using a painter’s canvas drop cloth as a patio cover.   We want to explore this simple design idea because of the price, the weight, and the neutral color of the drop cloth  will make for a unique alternative to traditional patio covers like expensive patio sails, umbrellas, or fabrics.

A 9×12′ canvas drop cloth costs about $21 at a local home supply store, making this an inexpensive way to purchase a lot of fabric for your buck.  While researching ways on how-to use a canvas drop cloth as a patio cover, we came across a slew of simple design ideas as well as easy DIY projects using a drop cloths to create fun, unique, and beautiful products.

Here are some of our favorite ideas for using a canvas drop cloth:

1.  Canvas Drop Cloth Pillows:

What we love about the canvas drop cloth material is that it’s so similar to burlap in texture; however, when it comes to the price, the canvas drop cloth is a lot more affordable.   Visit any high-end interior design store and you’ll see that burlap is hot right now in interior design accessories, specially pillow covers.  Click here for a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a canvas drop cloth pillow.  Here are some beautiful creations for inspiration:   


Stenciling numbers or initials can make a canvas drop cloth pillow more personal.  Use spray paint or even a sharpie and your favorite stencil to create the look you want.



Feeling creative?  These creations above are amazing!   Stenciling or even a print transfer can create beautiful patterns, images, and designs to your canvas drop cloth pillows.



Here at Simple Design Ideas we love the City of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge; what better way to capture your love for your own landmark than by stenciling it to your canvas drop cloth pillow.  Amazing!

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2. Canvas Drop Cloth Curtains:

We think one of the reason people are drawn to using canvas drop cloths as curtains is because they can get so much more fabric for their buck than going with traditional curtains which sometimes can costs upwards of $50 per panel.  Like pillows, using a canvas drop cloths as curtains also gives people the ability to add their own pattern or design by adding paint.  Click here for a step-by-step tutorial on how to make curtains using canvas drop cloths.  Here are some beautiful creations for inspiration:   


 The beautiful blue print  used in these curtains above adds richness to this living room.

Simple black stripes are a perfect match for this contemporary living room.

We love this shower curtain idea!

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3.  Canvas Drop Cloth Rugs:  Rugs are can get very expensive, specially when you are looking for anything larger than a 3′x5′.   A canvas drop cloth rug is perfect for a kid’s play area, your craft room, and ideal for an outside setting. Click here for a step-by-step tutorial on how to make rugs using canvas drop cloths.  Here are some beautiful creations for inspiration:   


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These are just three simple design ideas for uses for a canvas drop cloth.   Looking for other ideas  for using a canvas drop cloth?  Try art, furniture covers, bed-skirts, and, like with our project, patio covers.   We will feature our DIY project for using a canvas drop cloth as a patio cover on a future blog.


Happy Friday!




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3 People have left comments on this post

» Joel Phaymany said: { Jan 9, 2013 - 08:01:15 }

cotton bed skirts are the best in my opinion, they can really accentuate your beddings.^

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» CC said: { May 6, 2013 - 02:05:15 }

I’m interested in making some draperies for bedroom using the Canvas Drop Cloth. My one question is: what type of paint should you use on Canvas?

» said: { Apr 4, 2014 - 03:04:58 }

There’s definately a lot to learn about this topic.
I love all the points you’ve made.

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