Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Custom Canvas Wall Art

We recently repainted and redecorated our bathroom and I wanted to find a nice canvas piece for the wall. I really loved these (the first 3 below, found at www.notonthehighstreet.com) but they are (believe it or not!!) $338.04....EACH!! Yes, they're pretty....but not THAT pretty! :)

I figured I could do something similar for MUCH less than that. :) 

I found a 2 pack of 16x20" canvases as Hobby Lobby for $7.99. I also got the packs of chipboard letters there...they were $4.99 a pack, but were on sale for 40% off. :) I love Hobby Lobby's sales! I can't remember how much the spray paint was, but it was a few dollars. You will also need Tacky Glue or some other adhesive. 

I really liked the way the other pictures had different sizes of letters; however, I decided I wanted to do Psalm 19:14 and it was long enough I was worried there wouldn't be enough room if I did any words in bigger letters, so I used all the same size. I'd like to try one sometime that's more like the ones in the above pictures though. :)

I just started sorting thru the letters and laying out the words....

Lots of letters!! :)

Once I had them roughly laid out and knew how many lines I would need, I measured out the lines and used a level to trace them lightly onto the canvas with a pencil. 

Then I went along, one letter at a time, and glued them down, using the lines as a guide. I also used a ruler to try and space out the words, although I just "guesstimated" most of it. :)

I guess I didn't take any pics of this next step, but once all the letters were glued down and the glue had dried I took it outside and spray painted it all ivory. Make sure to spray the sides of the canvas as well. It may take more than one coat....once it's dried, check for any thin spots that need a second coat. 

Then get your sweet husband to hang it all up for you. :) I also made the smaller square canvas...the metal "H" I got for $3.99 at Hobby Lobby, and I think I also got the smaller canvas there, but can't remember the price. I just glued the "H" to the canvas and sprayed them ivory as well. :) The solid oak shelf I picked up for $2.99 at Saver's. :)

I was very happy with how it all turned out!! :)

Now it's your turn! Hobby Lobby has lots of different sizes of chipboard letters...or you could use wooden letters....I'd love to see what you come up with! :)