Tuesday, January 29, 2013

nursery canvas art {tutorial}

when i was pregnant with Owen i searched high and low for the perfect canvas art for his nursery. i found a ton of cute options but none of them matched the picture i had in my head.
for 6 months he's had an artless nursery and then it hit me... why not make the canvas i was imagining in my head?

so i headed out to hobby lobby and bought everything i needed for under $20 (that's way less than the cost of purchasing similar canvas art)

and guess what? it was so easy!

a small blank canvas, a pack of adhesive letters, foam paint brushes, acrylic paint in ocean green and naples yellow

arrange the letters however you'd like them. this was honestly the most difficult step for a perfectionist like myself. it can be frustrating trying to line the letters up perfectly.
when you have the letters where you want them, make sure they are stuck to the canvas well. you don't want paint seeping under!

paint over the entire canvas with the background color {ocean green} let dry and then paint a second coat. 

when the blue paint has dried completely paint a sun in the bottom right corner of the canvas using naples yellow. start with a small arch gradually getting larger until the sun is the size you want. then using the edge of the brush paint sun rays about a half inch apart going out at an angle.

when the paint has dried completely (about an hour or so) carefully remove the adhesive letters. i used the tip of a sharp knife to get underneath the letters more easily. once the letters are removed your canvas is ready to hang anywhere you'd like!


  1. Holy cow, that's adorable! :) I love it!

  2. looks perfect!!! i am pinning this!!!!

    ps: i am a new follower and i am so excited :)

  3. I LOVE this!! I love how you did the letters and everything! I actually made a canvas art for my son's nursery with the exact same quote: http://rainbowsandhoneysuckle.blogspot.com/2013/01/melted-crayon-art.html. When I was little, a daycare I went to always sang me that song and called me their sunshine, so I figured I'd pass it down. :) Such a good one!


  4. I'm a new follower from the ILMP Blog hop! This is awesome! My baby is 5 months old now and doesn't have anything on his wall because I can't commit to one. I am most definitely going to make one of these. It looks awesome! I'm super impressed!

  5. Hi! I found you on the blog hop and LOVE your blog! I am your newest follower and was kinda hopin' that you'd pop on by my blog, stay a while, and follow back if you like what you read!

    Have a great weekend,



  6. Hi hon, came by via the blog hope and now follow on GFC, will link my blog below so you can follow back x
    What a great piece of art for a nursery, and so simple to achieve, and so much nicer than anything you could buy, good job.
    Angela x

  7. Now that is truly clever! Years ago, when my 'baby' was a baby, I used permanent markers on white contact paper to decorate his room.

  8. Hi, don't forget as part of the 'I Love My Post' blog hop, you have to follow all the hosts and co-hosts(including me) to take part :)



  9. Love it!

    I'm just stopping by to let you know I featured this today! You can check it out and grab a Featured button here: http://practicallyfunctional.net/2013/02/the-fun-in-functional-link-party-36/

  10. I keep saying I'm not crafty, but then see stuff like this and think: HEY! I could do that!


  11. This is such a fun idea and I love the quote - featuring tonight!

  12. This is darling! I want to make one for my son's nursery! So, so cute! I'm pinning it!

  13. Ahhh... I absolutely LOVE this! Such a clever idea and it turned out adorably. I'd be tickled if you'd link up at this week's Off the Hook!

  14. Love it, its adorable - great canvas art :)

  15. You totally changed hey share some more of your creativity.

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