Canvas Checkerboard Game

Canvas Checkerboard Game

Crafting Time:
  • 3-5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Beginner
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
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Additional Information



  • 12"x12" canvas panel
  • 1/2" yd pleather vinyl
  • Velcro brand sticky-back tape
  • 4 pkgs brass decorative tacks
  • 24 wood circles
  • Patterned papers: crackle, burlap, brown crocodile, cognac crocodile
  • Acrylic paint to match paper for wooden game pieces, paintbrush
  • Creamy brown ink pad
  • Circle punch
  • Corner punch
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Gluestick & tacky glue
  • Hammer
  • Ruler
  • Decoupage medium


  1. Ink edges of canvas where vinyl edges & paper checkerboard surface will meet.
  2. Cut a 4"-wide vinyl strip long enough to wrap around sides of canvas. Fold long edge over 1/2". Begin tacking near top edge of canvas. Leave the first few inches untacked. Continue around; overlap with the first edge.
  3. Cut 10-1/2" square of vinyl for a storage flap on the back of the canvas. On the back, tack 2 adjacent sides of a square to the wood, layered with excess vinyl that wrapped sides of the canvas. Tack down the other sides of the side-wrap vinyl, leaving two adjacent sides of flap unattached.
  4. Cut Velcro strips in half lengthwise. Attach the loop half to the 2 remaining edges of the flap. Attach the hook half of the Velcro strip to the wood.
  5. Paint the wood circles, 12 in each light & dark color to match papers. Punch matching circles from crocodile pattern papers and glue to wood circles with tacky glue.
  6. To make the checkerboard pattern, position the paper on the canvas panel and trim if necessary for a good fit. Cut squares of burlap paper just shy of 1-1/2" each. Ink edges of the burlap paper to conceal white edge. Glue squares into place with gluestick.
  7. Round the corners of the finished design and ink the edges. Glue to the canvas panel with gluestick, smoothing the surface carefully. Cover with a coat of decoupage medium for a more durable finish.