Thursday, August 18

I Finished It Friday: Canvas Wall Art

I found this art on Pinterest and I thought it was so elegant and yet so simple...

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Upon further review, I found out that the company resides is in the United Kingdom and charges 295 pounds (which is...gasp.... $486!!) for this lovely artwork. Oh, did I mention that they don't deliver to the United States. At that price...I think I will gladly go to plan B. That's right. It's time to get my creative groove on!

I took a few trips to my favorite Hobby Lobby with a few 40% off coupons and gathered my supplies.



 
-3 art canvases (sized 11x14)
-13 wood letters (for the words love, laugh, live)
-spray glue
-spray paint

First, I measured out all my letter placement.


Then I sprayed the glue on the back and placed each letter on my canvas. 

Final step...the spray paint. Spray two coats over the entire canvas, letters included.

 
And it really is that easy folks! The finished project...





My version set me back about $25 bucks and I love it! That's my project for this Friday. Next week I will show you the finished guest room! You won't want to miss it...it's going to be a big transformation!



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73 Inspiring Comments (comment here):

CarliAlice @ GG2Life said...

I love it! And a much better price!

Melissa @ Filling Our Bucket said...

It looks awesome!! I've seen that wall are on Pinterest too, but never clicked to see the source. Over $400??! That's nuts.

Your version is fantastic! Great job, I may have to try it too!!

Carol Fleisher said...

Love it! Pinterest has all kinds of fascinating things. I have to watch my time on it or I'd be on there all day! Stopping by on the Girls Weekend Social Hop. Love your blog. It has all kinds of great ideas. I can't wait to create some of them. :)

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Brenda H said...

That is beautiful! I have never seen anything quite like that.

I stopped by your page from the weekend alexa hop.

Greta said...

Love it! New visitor from the Alexa Blog Hop.

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Amy said...

I just love this idea. I pinned it! Thanks,
Pounds4Pennies

http://pounds4pennies.blogspot.com

PeggyJean said...

wow such a great idea! love it!

South Bay Studio said...

What a great idea. I love the white on white. Kathi

California Dreaming said...

This looks really great! Very good idea.

Anne said...

I love this idea!

What a Gift said...

that is great I also saw a blog where they used glue like a hot glue gun or regular elmers glue made the letters or design they wonted and then painted it after it was dry and it was beautiful. That would be a great alternative if you wanted to spend less and not have to buy the letters.

youngwifey said...

I saw a similar art project on pinterest too! That one used Elmer's Glue to write out messages! Yours looks great too!

Mrs. Great Indoors said...

What a neat project! Thanks for linking up with the Winter Pinterest Challenge!

Erin @ The Great Indoors

Tami said...

spray glue- that's what I couldn't figure out- I am assuming it's permanent?

Laura @ Inspiration For Moms said...

Tami, spray glue is like Elmer's glue but in a spray can form. It's not super strong so I would assume it is not permanent.

Pinkalicious said...

What an awesome idea!!!
Thank u so much for sharing

dposen said...

I had repinned this in pinterest, so I'd remember I'd like to try it...what an awesome result you had! Really great pieces!!!

amanda said...

it would be nice if there was a printable version of this so i can carry it with me to hobby lobby!!

Anonymous said...

I was at Hobby Lobby today and they had 3-D stickers 40% off. You could make the original canvas just by using multiple sizes of stickers on the canvas and then spraypainting. You might have to buy quite a few packages though to get love that many times.

JSav said...

Would this work and look as good with other colors? I want to try this but I need some punches of color on my boring white apartment walls.

Laura @ Inspiration For Moms said...

JSav, I am sure it would! Why not, have fun! :)

Anonymous said...

local hobby store has poor selection of letters...any good online sites for letters?

Lisa said...

Do you think it would work to just: set the letters on the canvas, spray paint, and then remove the letters?
I'm looking for a two-colored project.
I haven't yet used spray paint so I don't know if the spray would cause the letters to shift around and look messy.

Laura @ Inspiration For Moms said...

Lisa, that may work. The only think I would worry about is getting a clean outline of each letter. But it could turn out beautifully! Ya don't know until you try, so you got to try! :)

Good luck and let me know how it goes.

Anonymous said...

Can't find small lower case letters I need. Any suggestions? Hobby Lobby didn't have any.

Laura @ Inspiration For Moms said...

Hmmm...maybe try Michaels craft stores. They have a pretty big collection of letters. :)

Idiosyncratic Routine said...

I love it! I saw this on Pinterest too and thought it was lovely. Yours came out amazing!

Lauren Powers said...

Tried it and love it!

A few things I learned for next time:

1. If you're going to use a color other than white (I used olive green), spray a coat on the canvas and let it dry before attaching the letters. I didn't do this and found that the canvas color peeks through around the edges of the words.

2. Sand the words. I thought they looked fine and didn't bother, but once I started painting, they appeared a bit rough.

3. A sponge brush helps fix drips with a dabbing motion.

Laura @ Inspiration For Moms said...

Wow! Lauren good for you! Oh, and thanks for the awesome tips, too. :)

Anonymous said...

Really looks great!!! Can you please tell me what size letters you used. Thanks

Kate said...

This is a great idea! I love it!

InviteandDelight said...

This craft idea was made at our latest monthly dinner. I referenced your site on the blog post. Love this idea. It was a big hit at the party!

Check it out the post at www.inviteanddelight.blogspot.com

Crafty gal 101 said...

Love this idea!! My husband and I just moved into a new home with tons of wall space!! So excited to try this project!!

Granny Enchanted said...

I highlighted your tutorial on my Sunday's Guest Freebies yesterday. Thank you. http://scrapbookalphabet.blogspot.com/2012/07/sundays-guest-freebies-sugarbutt.html

Cassie said...

to buy cheap custom wooden letters:
www.craftcuts.com
www.woodlandmanufacturing.com

jean n said...

would chipboard work? I have zillions of those

Wickless Candles said...

These are amazing and simple. I found you on Pinterest, thank you for sharing!! I see a run to Hobby Lobby myself soon. :)

Rhopickle said...

Hi! I love your idea. I used craft super glue with a fine point to glue the letters. That worked and it stuck quick. My project turned out awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

I have used these letters from this company for some of my craft stuff. They already have super sticky backing so no messy glue! I love um!
http://www.greekcreations.com/paddles/accessories/english-and-greek-letters/Half-Inch-Regular-Wood-Letters-or-Numbers.aspx

Zaira Brilhante said...

Hi Laura, I love your idea and I featured you on my blog Mango & Passion Fruit. =)
http://mangoandpassionfruit.blogspot.co.uk/
I am definitely making one of this for me too... No way I'd spend that much hehe
xxxx

Jackie said...

Great info! I am just about to start this project with a color other than white and you just answered every issue I was thinking about!!

gwenniesgarden said...

I love it !!!!

Helen said...

I posted this on my blog I love the idea

helens-corner.blogspot.com

Kim@Co-Pilot Mom said...

Love this! I am not really crafty, but this seems like something I might be able to do. Thanks for the idea!

Linda Jordan said...

This is super cute!! The original is waaay over priced & I love your version. Thanks for sharing!! Stopping by from SITS, have a great day!!

Linda

Emily @ TheBusyMomsDiet said...

So pretty (and simple enough for even me!) Happy SITS Day!

Bev Feldman said...

Happy SITS day! Love this DIY project (spray paint is the best!)

anotherjennifer said...

Oh my gosh, how incredibly simple and cool. Thank you for the inspiration!

And Happy SITS Day.

Sheila Skillingstead said...

Definitely a savings. A very nice piece of art. Thanks for sharing. Off to read your next two posts. Enjoy your SITS Day.

misssrobin said...

Beautifully done. And at a price regular people can afford.

Paula Jones said...

beautiful!! visiting from SITS and following on twitter now! www.callmepmc.com

Barbara Cobham said...

I love this and must try it. :) Coming by from SITS to congratulate you on being featured!

2busy said...

cute easy idea!

Sara Prickett said...

What a great idea! I love that you were able to do them so inexpensively too. That's always a bonus. Thanks for sharing! =)

Britton Jenkins said...

These are SUPER CUTE! I think I may want to try this for my daughters' rooms! Happy SITS day again!

The Roving Retorter said...

Love this idea - and its price!

Heather said...

Love it! And I'm following you!

Kim said...

Looks great -- thanks for the tip!

Anna Hettick said...

That is adorable!! And so easy looking to make!! :)

Happy SITS Day!

Mo @ The Baby is Fine said...

wow - that came out beautiful, and you made it look so easy! I am so bad at crafting...mine would probably have uneven spray paint or something ;)

happy (late) SITS day! :)

The Liebers said...

So beautiful, yet so simple!! Love it!!

Anonymous said...

This was super easy! I've done 5 & have one more to do. I purchased ivory spray paint but can't decide to use it or leave it as is (wood letter/white canvas contrast)..decisions, decisions.

Raquel Molczan said...

$25? you can't beat that...and it looks store bought!

Anonymous said...

Is there any chance you could point out an online URL to find the letters. I can't seem to find them anywhere in my town.
What size are they by chance?
Thank you so much for your assistance.

Becky

Anonymous said...

Hi can you tell me where i van order on internet that latters?Im from Croatia.. Btw great job

Anonymous said...

I did an exact replica of the originals and can tell you, the letters pop off if they are only glued on. (I used the 1 1/2" deep canvas, and it iwas $$)I took them to some craft shows....and didn't sell as many as I thought I would, and they are fussy to deal with, but beautiful. If you are only doing them for home, I think they would be okay..

Paula said...

Wow! I love that there isn't any colour in it. The message is clear just like that.

amber coty said...

hello, i love what you have done. i plan on doing this, so i just have one question for you what size of letters did you use?

Laura Tusken said...

Amber, I am not sure on the size. Sorry. But I think you could use whatever size fits your canvas. Have fun and let me know how it turns out! :)

Amy Latta said...

Simple and lovely! Thanks for entering One Crafty Contest!

Diy Creative ideas said...

Great project! Thanks for sharing. Must try

Lindsay said...

Thanks for posting this one. It's beautiful. It inspired me to make my own canvas wall art with some old toys I had lying around. Would love to know what you think.

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