Thursday, July 18, 2013

Decorating on Canvas



My daughter and I were looking for an easy, cheap project for some dorm decor, when we saw these cool vinyl words and quotes in the craft store. We found some white canvas frames on clearance, grabbed a couple other things, came home and got busy crafting!  Of course, I had to make one for the house too!
Here's what you need:
  • canvas, any size you want (ours were between $3-$5)
  • vinyl letters or phrases
  • acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge, or white glue with a little water added
  • foam brushes
If you want your canvas a color, paint it first, let it dry between coats. When you have the background the color you want, then paint a layer of Mod Podge. This will help the letters stick better. We are both impatient, so we waited a few hours while they were propped up in the window sill drying. Once they are dry, follow the directions on your vinyl letters, ours said to use a credit card or Popsicle stick and rub over the letters to make sure they stick to the right side of the adhesive. Peel away the sticky side and then position the letters on your canvas, we just eyeballed it but if you want to be sure it's centered you can measure. Then put a book under the canvas so you can put pressure on the letters to rub them onto it. Peel off the paper slowly and make sure your letters stay on the canvas. 
This is the first one, before I painted over it

**After I thought mine was done, I looked at it for a couple more days...because I'm never really done with a project..I had to try something else.  It just didn't quite look right, I wanted it to look a little old and worn, so..to my sons horror, I painted over the whole thing, yep..letters and all, with gray paint, then I slowly peeled off the letters(that I had so carefully rubbed on!) to reveal the yellow paint underneath...now it's how I want it...I'm pretty sure!
The whole project was around $15.

~Simply Angie


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