DIY – Canvas Wall Art

I was inspired by a fellow Pinterest-er on PB&J Stories to create some art for our home. I often turn to Pinterest for craft and DIY ideas. I LOVED the idea of memorializing something as special and precious as the song lyrics to a wedding song of ours. Before we moved onto this air force base, I had the perfect (bare) wall for hanging this art. It was above our dining room table. Now that our place is smaller, I don’t have the room for hanging these, but I still wanted to show you how I did it!

Decor new house
I chose a song from our wedding ceremony that a friend of mine sang (beautifully, might I add!) during the signing of the register. It has beautiful, and meaningful lyrics, and I really wanted it to encapsulate our marriage. It was the first song we heard when we were legally and officially a couple! “I Will Be Here” by Stephen Curtis Chapman – LOVE IT! ❤ I really do think that this project could be easily adapted for anything though, a song or children’s story, an excerpt from a favourite novel, or even a poem….

I will be here

I was having a difficult time finding canvas squares that were just the right size. They were either too big, too deep, too expensive, etc. One day I happened to be strolling through the dollar store and came across the perfect ones! They were more like a vinyl canvas, and they were already prints of Michelangelo’s “David” (JUST the face 😉 ), but I would be covering  them anyway so it didn’t matter. I merely felt a little silly buying 9 of them…

Michelangelos David

Now, you can always create your own cardstock (in Adobe Illustrator, perhaps?) and then print off your design, however I bought mine from an Etsy seller, “This Humble Home“. I loved the font she had chosen, and it was just easier. My canvas frames are 8×8, and so that was the size of white cardstock I ordered.

I didn’t need to paint the frames at all on the sides, as mine were already a nice, neutral brown (though you may choose to). I then spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the squares and carefully placed the printed cardstock on top. Allow to dry. I then covered with 3 coats of Mod Podge, allowing a drying period of at least 20 minutes in between each coat. More coats = more texture. I purchased the “glossy” Mod Podge and foam brushes (for application) at Michaels.

Mod podge foam brushes

Mod podge

Things I Learned When Working With Mod Podge:

1.) You gotta work FAST. It’s sticky, tacky and it makes placement difficult.

2.) Many thin layers as opposed to fewer thicker layers. Spreading it on too thick will result in bubbles.

3.) Bubbles WILL HAPPEN. It doesn’t matter how carefully you work – it’s inevitable. Don’t be too hard on yourself. The perfectionist in me wanted to rip the cardstock off and cry, but I decided to just wait. 95% of bubbles will settle out as it dries (thankfully).

I arranged them all out on the table the next day, and determined the spacing. Then I (Matt ;)) hung them! Overall, I think I am happy with how they turned out.

Lovely Lyrics



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