On my theme of posts from the baby shower, I continue with how I made a couple canvases with some pretty sweet sayings.
A couple of months ago, I picked up a ten pack of 8×10 canvases from Michael’s to do a project with my niece, Chloe, who turned out to be a pretty amazing painter! Anyway, I had two leftover, so I grabbed them for this project.
I searched around on the internet for some sayings related to babies and found a scripture verse and a random saying that Chase and I thought were sweet and appropriate. Then I went to a craft store (I don’t remember which) and picked up some stickers. After deciding on purple and yellow (to complement the bunting I made), I painted one canvas yellow and one purple.
After the paint was dry, I put the stickers on to make the saying. I didn’t worry much about spacing or everything being perfectly straight; I just wanted the sayings to fit. Because I had a limited number of each letter, I had to do the canvases one at a time. I put the letters on the canvas, and once I was satisfied, I started painting around the letters with the color not already on the canvas (so I painted purple on the yellow canvas, etc) until the entire canvases was thoroughly covered. I say that I had to paint around the letters because I got stickers that weren’t flat. Had they been flat, I would have just painted over them. However, I liked the thick stickers because once I pulled the stickers up, there was this sort of built up paint around the letter that looked neat.
After the paint was dry, I peeled up the letters to reveal the color underneath. Some of the paint went under the stickers so I used a fine craft brush to touch up the letters below.
Ultimately, I just placed these canvases on the tables at the shower. I suppose if the venue had allowed, I could have used some 3M strips to stick them on the wall but I think they were cute on the tables.
Again, these could later be used in a nursery (my sister-in-law already decorated her nursery so I don’t think these would go well) to hang on the walls or sit on a changing table. I love the idea of making decorations for the shower that can be reused in a nursery or for some other purpose. This project was pretty darn inexpensive, but reusing the decorations as gifts, etc, makes it even more economical. This could be done for a wedding, or is a simple project for some art around the house, so give it a try. I find the painting pretty therapeutic regardless! 🙂