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Christmas is special to many people for so many different reasons. For us, it’s a joyous time spent with family. It starts with decorating the tree together while enjoying a hot cup of cocoa on a snowy day and leads up to the spending the holiday surrounded by family.

The fireplace, the festive mood, the tree all lit up, and the excitement in the air — just a few reasons we love to spend our Christmas holiday at our vacation home, or “cabin”. It’s a special place for us, and I couldn’t think of a better gift to get my in-laws than a personalized holiday gift that really embodies how much we all love spending the holidays together.

Christmas At The Cabin Reverse Canvas

If you are interested in making something similar for yourself, or to give as a gift for someone you love, you can see a full tutorial on how to make a reverse canvas by visiting this post: Reverse Canvas Tutorial. Limited instructions for this project are listed below.

Already familiar with how to make a reverse canvas?
Keep reading below for the exact materials and a link to the cut file for this specific project.

Reverse Canvas Materials

Reverse Canvas Instructions

Once you’ve gathered all your materials, you can begin to cut everything out on your Cricut Maker. Simply open the cut file linked above and hit ‘make it’.

If you’d like to customize by adding a name to the truck as I did, then you will need to add text and slice it out (hit ‘customize’ instead of ‘make it’). Learn about how to slice in this post.

Once everything is cut out, you’ll need to weed the negative material. TIP: Use the Cricut Brightpad when working with glitter. It makes it much easier to see the cut lines!

Begin layering your weeded iron-on onto the canvas. For this project, I marked the exact center of the canvas with a pencil and then centered the red truck piece on that spot. I used the truck as my starting point and lined everything up from there.

I found that using a permanent marker on the plastic cover sheet worked really well to help mark my spots. I did use a protective sheet when I ironed it on so that the marks would not transfer to my EasyPress.

You do have to press these in layers and I recommend the following order (although do what works for you): red, silver and gold, black and green.

Follow the heat guide at for specific material temperatures and press times.

Once pressed, flip over and give the backside some heat for about 15 seconds. Now you are ready to reattach to the stained frame!

To attach to the frame, I lay it on top and eyeball where I think it looks good. I use some painter’s tape to hold it in place because after doing this a few times, I have realized that it always seems to shift when you flip it over.

Staple all around the frame. Be sure to pull tightly as you go.

The last thing to do is cut off the excess canvas material.

And you are ready to hang in your own cabin, or give as a gift to that lucky someone!