a cute canvas tutorial

Monday, November 9

i have wanted to share this project for a while, but i make everything at the last minute so i usually don't have the patience (or time) to stop and take pictures of each step. this time, i tried to plan ahead, so let's go!

this is what you need to start: canvas (choose size based on design), acrylic paint, foam brush, small brush, scrapbook paper, mod podge, scissors, ribbon, craft glue (i prefer my best friend, aleene's tacky glue) and a paint pen
step 1: paint your canvas. i usually paint it with a foam brush first to make sure it is all covered.
then, i paint it with a small brush making an X pattern to create texture. don't worry if all the paint is smooth or if it is lighter in some areas.

step 2: create & cut out your design. i wanted a pumpkin for this canvas. as you can see, i was making multiples and like to create assembly line style.
step 3: adhere your design to the canvas. i use mod podge for this step.

step 4 (optional): i used distressing ink to ink the edges of my paper before i mod podged it and in between the pieces after i did it.

step 5: place a coat of mod podge over the entire canvas.
(no picture. see, i told you i would not remember to photograph each step!)

step 6: add any words you want using the paint pen.

step 7 (optional): you could add another coat of mod podge depending on if you have enough time for another layer of mod podge to dry before wrapping it. i usually don't!

step 8: glue ribbon around the edge of your canvas for a finished look.

and, ta da!
there are so many different things you can make using this technique. i use this project a lot to create baby gifts to match room decor. i would love to see what you come up with! these will be teacher gifts. i hope they like them!

i'm linking this tutorial up here with lots of other inexpensive crafty ideas! i can't believe there are only 45 days to shop/create before christmas!


Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What a cool idea you have here...love how it looks! Hope you have a really nice week.


Matt Tipton said...

love it! one question--what are you using for the distress ink? i always end up w/a brown finger b/c i can't find anything that works well.


Erica B said...

That is sooo cute!! I am not very crafty in the hand-made decoration field, so this may be a dumb question. But, could you also incorporate snapshot pictures into something like this? Or does modge podge mess up pictures? I have never used that before.

Unknown said...

Thanks Maribeth--cute idea and I'm sure you could use fabric too huh?
Will probably be making several Christmas presents like this :)
Thanks again, ejw

Nobody Puts Mama In A Corner! said...

Sooooo Adorable!! Love this! Great pics of the process!! You make it look so easy!!
Thanks for sharing!
Mama Holli

Astrid in Bristling Acres said...

Very cute! Looks easy enough for me to try!

grammie said...

You lost me after the Crazy Glue comment. Love that stuff! You are indeed crafty!!

Crystal said...

Very cute!

Erica B said...


Hopeful Housewife said...

Very darling! Headed to check out the rest of your blog!

Leanne said...

Way cute pumpkin. Thanks for sharing. I'm having a giveaway this week, stop by if you'd like.

Michelle said...

Super cute! That would be fun to do with a layer christmas tree!

Sally @ Polka Dot Market said...

This is a great project! Just shared on our FB wall. Thank you!

Unknown said...

I really liked this idea! I'm sharing it on my blog about DIY Thanksgiving decor ideas. Thanks for sharing!


Unknown said...

I liked this idea! I'm sharing it on my blog about DIY Thanksgiving decor ideas. Thanks for sharing!



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