DIY Wood Letter Canvas
|May 13, 2013||Filled under Decorating, DIY|
I can finally share this post with you, because I made this to give to my sister and her fiance as a shower gift. Since it’s now been given to them, it’s not a secret anymore!
I have been loving these lettered canvases, but they are expensive to buy and I thought I would try my hand and making one myself!
This was a fun project to do, and the options are endless with different sayings, colors, canvas sizes, etc.
Here is what you’ll need: Canvas, wooden letters, adhesive of some kind and paint.
This is the canvas I chose, which I found at Michael’s:
To my surprise, I hard time finding the letters that I pictured in my head….so the ones I ended up with were a bit bigger than I would have liked. There wasn’t a lot to choose from at our Michael’s for a variety-pack of letters, so I had to buy them in 2-packs. Probably not the most cost-effective way to go, but I didn’t have time to spend driving around to others stores to compare choices and prices. You should have seen me in the aisle trying to figure out in my head how many packages of each letter I needed! I must have stood there for 30 minutes!
Arrange the letters into your desired saying…until you are happy with how it looks.
Then start gluing down each letter. I used ModPodge and it worked great!
Then, get ready to paint! I wanted a satin white finish, so I chose this Krylon quick-drying spray paint.
Paint by going back and forth in nice even coats, making sure to go past the edges of the canvas so you don’t get any excess paint building up at the edges. I did about 10 coats total, over a couple of days.
If you get any bumps or messy spots, take some fine grit sandpaper and lightly sand the area, then do another coat. I did that a few times to fix some bumps I created spray painting when it was too cold out. :)
You can see in the below picture that it’s not perfect, but at some point I had to call it good! It was never going to be as perfect as I wanted it.
I wrote a little something special to the bride and groom around the back edge of the canvas too!
What do you think?
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