Are you looking for a way to bring the magic of a fairy forest into your home? A little place where you can escape the mundane world and get lost in enchantment. Well then, this tutorial is perfect for you. I’ll show you how to create your very own fairy forest using an inexpensive reverse canvas.

Create a small magical fairy forest inside a reverse canvas. It’s filled with wonder and doesn’t take long to put together. The perfect addition to your home decor, this one-of-a-kind artwork makes an enchanting statement. Full tutorial @ ACraftyMix

Come on inside. There’s so much to see here.

Create a small magical fairy forest inside a reverse canvas. It’s filled with wonder and doesn’t take long to put together. The perfect addition to your home decor, this one-of-a-kind artwork makes an enchanting statement. Full tutorial @ #ACraftyMix

You can get lost hopping from tree to tree, and if you’re lucky, you’ll spot a tiny fairy house deep in the woods. I wonder who lives there.

Create a small magical fairy forest inside a reverse canvas. It’s filled with wonder and doesn’t take long to put together. The perfect addition to your home decor, this one-of-a-kind artwork makes an enchanting statement. Full tutorial @ #ACraftyMix

This enchanting craft idea is sure to delight children and adults alike. From gathering materials to putting everything together, our step-by-step guide will show you how to make a magical fairy forest.

Create a small magical fairy forest inside a reverse canvas. It’s filled with wonder and doesn’t take long to put together. The perfect addition to your home decor, this one-of-a-kind artwork makes an enchanting statement. Full tutorial @ #ACraftyMix

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What you need

The key to making the fairy forest is a deep box canvas. They’re a little more expensive than a standard canvas, but there’s more room to work with. On that note, did you know a box canvas can be turned into a wall clock? My canvas is 3 cm deep and 15 cm x 15 cm (1 1/8″ deep and 6″ x 6″). To create extra depth and hide the ugly backside of the canvas, I would suggest making a frame too. I rummaged around in our stockpile of salvaged pallets and used some offcuts.

A deep box canvas makes the perfect backdrop for the fairy forest

Besides the box canvas and frame, you’ll need moss, fairy mushrooms, and other items that give it those “fairy forest” feels. You can also add little figurines if you want. See what you have in your craft cupboard. I used:

  • Reindeer moss
  • Twigs
  • Pieces of bark
  • Wood slice
  • Glue
  • Green craft Paint
  • Paintbrush
What you need to make a magical fairy forest inside a reverse canvas

How to make a reverse canvas fairy forest

Prepping the canvas

For this craft, we’ll be using the backside of the canvas, which needs a little work first. I decided to add a large, clunky pallet frame to create a sense of drama. The frame also extends the depth of the canvas and hides those awful staples.

A view of the back side of the canvas with staples

I won’t even attempt to show you how to make a frame with 45-degree angles. I suck at that. It took me a whole morning to cut this one, and I made a gazillion mistakes. Thank goodness we have lots of pallet offcuts 😀 They always come in so handy. Oh, BTW, I’ll be sharing links to a whole bunch of pallet projects at the end of this post if you need a few more ideas. So stick around.

Make a frame out of old pallets

If you want your frame to sit flush against the canvas, you need to remove the staples first.

Remove the staples from the canvas

But if you remove the staples, the canvas will fall off, and we don’t want that. Easy enough to solve. Just re-staple the canvas to the outer edge.

Put new staples along the outside edge of the box canvas

And then, use a thin screwdriver and pliers to remove the original staples.

Remove the staples from the canvas

Cut away the excess canvas.

Cut away the excess canvas

And paint the entire canvas, inside and out, in shades of green.

Paint the canvas and wooden frame green
Paint the canvas and wooden frame green

Once the paint dries, glue the pallet frame to the canvas. I used E6000 and clamped the frame to the canvas overnight to make sure it was stuck tight.

Make a frame out of old pallets and glue it onto the reverse canvas

Stain or paint the pallet frame if you prefer. I used some of our rusty nail muti mixed with a teeny drop of grey craft paint to get that beautiful weathered color.

Stain the pallet frame

RightyO, that’s the prep work done on the reverse canvas. Now for the fun bits. Adding a magical fairy forest inside. First up, the door.

Making a wood slice fairy door

There are many ways to make a fairy door, and we’ve already shared a few tutorials, like this one made from toilet paper and this door with a stained-glass window. To change things up a little, I decided just to use an oval-shaped slice of wood. It seemed fitting for a fairy forest. Trim the bottom off with a hacksaw.

Cut the bottom of the wood slice off

And drill a small hole if you’d like to make a window in the door.

Drill a small hole in the slice of wood to make a window

Glue or draw on two hinges and add a doorknob. For the hinges, I used two small charms, while the doorknob is a piece of twig. The window got a frame of tendrils.

Wood slice fairy door with hinges, window and twig door knob

Building up the fairy forest

From this point forward, it’s all up to you and how you want to create the magical fairy forest. I’ll share what I did as a guide. Since the door is a focal point, I glued that down first and added some bark, so it kinda blends in with the background.

The fairy door is the focal point so glue it on first

Next, I used bits of reindeer moss to soften the edges and create a lush green backdrop.

A toothpick helps you get glue in tight spots

Pro tip: Use a toothpick to apply glue in small, tight spaces.

Thin twigs were glued on towards the back of the canvas. They’re perfect for mimicking trees in the distance.

Glue twigs to the bottom of the reverse canvas

Use larger twigs towards the front of the reverse canvas.

Create a small magical fairy forest inside a reverse canvas. It’s filled with wonder and doesn’t take long to put together. The perfect addition to your home decor, this one-of-a-kind artwork makes an enchanting statement. Full tutorial @ #ACraftyMix

Don’t be afraid to let some of the fairy forest spill over the pallet frame.

Create a small magical fairy forest inside a reverse canvas. It’s filled with wonder and doesn’t take long to put together. The perfect addition to your home decor, this one-of-a-kind artwork makes an enchanting statement. Full tutorial @ #ACraftyMix

You can’t hold magic back 😉 And don’t forget the fairy mushrooms. You’ll find the tutorial to make these little ones here.

Create a small magical fairy forest inside a reverse canvas. It’s filled with wonder and doesn’t take long to put together. The perfect addition to your home decor, this one-of-a-kind artwork makes an enchanting statement. Full tutorial @ #ACraftyMix

Pure delight captured in a canvas. No matter which side you look at it. And that pallet frame makes it pop, in my humble opinion.

Create a small magical fairy forest inside a reverse canvas. It’s filled with wonder and doesn’t take long to put together. The perfect addition to your home decor, this one-of-a-kind artwork makes an enchanting statement. Full tutorial @ #ACraftyMix

What do you think? Have you built anything inside a reverse canvas? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments.

Create a small magical fairy forest inside a reverse canvas. It’s filled with wonder and doesn’t take long to put together. The perfect addition to your home decor, this one-of-a-kind artwork makes an enchanting statement. Full tutorial @ #ACraftyMix

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Want to see a few more pallet projects?

Pallets are incredibly versatile and can be used for a variety of projects, from decor to storage solutions and gifts. My buddies at the “International Blogging Club” came up with a whole bunch of creative ideas and tutorials you can explore.

International Bloggers Club "pallet Parade" Challenge - January 2023
  1. If you have intact pallets gathering dust, they make a great compost bin. Marianne Songbird will show you how to do it.
  2. “The 5th Sparrow No More” used some of her off-cuts to put old hymnals on display. What a beautiful way to put the spirit back into your decor.
  3. Just in time for the month of love, Anita will show you how to make a huge pallet heart and two beyond-cute little robots.
  4. How about this adorable photo display idea made by Saved From Salvage? It would make a lovely gift too.
  5. Pallets can be used to create an easy rustic shelf like this one from Tea and Forget Me Nots. I neeeeeed one of these.
  6. Or use this tutorial from Birdz of a Feather to make a one-of-a-kind jewellery holder. Sara combined a pallet offcut with yardsticks and crazy colors to make something special.

Oh, and if you’re looking for some of the things we used, we’ve got you covered. Disclosure: Clicking on the links below means we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry, it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us make more amazing crafts to share with you 😉

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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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