How to create easy DIY wall art from thrifted canvases.
I always get excited when I get to create a project that packs a fun and colorful punch, like the DIY wall art that I’m sharing today.
And I love it when I finally get to use some thrifted finds that have been sitting in my craft room closet for what seems like, and probably has been, ages.
Time flies, right?
I’m a gal who has always loved and needed color in my life and in my home, and at this point in my life I’m all about celebrating and embracing my just-a-little-bit-crazy and fearlessly-creative inner child. All my home environment has to do to make me happy is make me smile.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
The hard part is allowing ourselves to do what we truly love without worrying about what anyone else thinks.
Your home should be your happy place, whatever that means to you. Here on the blog I enjoy sharing projects that can easily be customized to match anyone’s decor style and color preferences. You might not be a color enthusiast like me, but you can still easily do this project by putting your own spin on it.
And I hope this DIY wall art project from thrifted canvases inspires you to do just that.
I’m joining a bunch of creative bloggers for the Do It Over Designers blog hop. There’s no theme this time so we’re all doing our own thing, which I think is fun and I can’t wait to see what everyone has created. I’m sharing my project with you first, and you can find links to all the talented creators at the end of this post. Be sure to visit and check out all the fabulousness. I’m sure you’ll be inspired!
So here are the thrifted canvases I mentioned earlier. I found the set of three at a local thrift store for $4. I had no idea what I would do with them, but I loved the fact that they were identical in size (10″ x 30″) and I was sure I’d find a way to reimagine them some day.
Well, after some years that some day finally arrived.
I’m sure there ‘s someone out there who would love them just the way they are, but that someone isn’t me. Part of the fun of DIY decorating is taking something that is totally not your vibe, and turning it on its head so that it becomes your style.
Supplies needed for this DIY wall art project
- thrifted canvases
- leftover scrapbook papers
- decoupage medium
- foam brush
- sisal rope
- hot glue gun
- hot blue sticks
Compiling leftover scrapbook paper scraps
To create my diy wall art I’m using a bunch of scrapbook paper scraps left over from my scrapbook paper stairs makeover, and my plastic drawers makeover. Whether it’s fabric or paper, I never throw scrap pieces away, unless of course they’re teeny tiny. You never know when you might find a use for them.
I sorted the pieces by pattern and color and just started playing with the placement. When I started I didn’t know what I would be using so I just put them all out there for my consideration.
Since the scrapbook pieces are all 12″ wide, and the frames are only 10″ wide, this was a match made in easy makeover heaven.
Now I have been known to lose myself in the process of a project. And I have to say that playing with these paper scraps was very therapeutic. I quite happily played with them for an entire afternoon, and I enjoyed every second of it.
The best thing is that there’s no right or wrong here. It’s just about creating something that looks good to you.
Gluing scrapbook papers onto thrifted canvases
Once I decided on the look of one of the canvases I put my pieces on the side in the order that I wanted to place them. All I needed to glue them down was some decoupage medium and a foam brush.
And I just started gluing the scrapbook paper pieces in place, smoothing down each piece as I went. You have to be careful not to press down too hard because these canvas frames have hollow backs. I put one hand underneath and my other hand on top, using them together, and this worked great.
Starting at the bottom, I lined up the first piece and then I just kept going. I used a ruler to make sure I was keeping things straight. I didn’t want to end up with wonky lines.
Sometimes I love me a little wonkiness, but this project was not one of those times.
At first I glued the sides in place as I went, but then I decided it was probably easier to just glue the top and do all the sides together after.
After I was done with the top of one canvas, I cut the side pieces because they were just a bit too long. I didn’t worry about how I cut them because I knew I was going to be covering the sides. Then I glued them down.
I should say that I did a dry fit of all three canvases before gluing anything down. It’s important to see how they relate to each other to make sure you love the completed look.
Adding sisal rope edging to canvases
After all the canvases were covered with their scrapbook paper pieces I gave them two light coats of the decoupage medium.
Then it was time to add some interest to the sides. It might be just me, but I thought they really needed a little something extra. Enter some sisal rope. I just love this stuff, and I think it pretty much goes with anything.
Starting at the bottom, I used my hot glue gun to add the sisal rope to the sides of the canvases.
This sisal rope is quite thick so you really need to press down to get it around the corners nicely.
I started the bottom row at a bottom corner and the second row at the opposite bottom corner. This makes it less noticeable at the corners where the two rope ends meet.
And I started the top row at a top corner, where that meeting of the ends will be even less noticeable.
I should point out here that while sisal rope is quite beautiful, it’s also very messy. It had stray strings everywhere and I had to give all three frames a good clipping with scissors before hanging.
Here you can see one with the sisal rope border, and one without. This is really a personal choice, but I’m all about the sisal even with the stray strings.
Thrifted canvases before makeover
Here’s a reminder of what the before canvases looked like.
DIY wall art using scrapbook paper scraps
And here’s the after.
And here they are on my hot pink bedroom wall. I made them specifically for this wall above the bed. Our upstairs ceilings are 9 1/2 feel tall, and the height of the canvases helps to fill this wall.
One fun thing about this makeover is that the two canvases on the outside can be flipped for a different look. The one in the middle should stay this way, unless you don’t mind upside down birds. lol.
And here you can see how they relate to the bed and the bedding. They do help to pull the colors together. I have to say that I really love how they turned out. They remind me of colorful little quilts, and the sisal borders give them an almost three dimensional look.
I have a few more projects to do for the bedroom including something between the wall and the ceiling. Not sure what I’m going to do there, but I have a couple of ideas. The vintage dresser will be getting its third makeover and I already started pulling off the fabric squares from its last decoupaged dresser makeover. And the two vintage sewing bins, that I use for storage, will also be getting a makeover.
This will be the fifth time I’ve given this bedroom a makeover in the 25 years we’ve lived in this house (yes, I do love to decorate) and for this one I’m letting my inner child completely take the lead.
Decorating should be fun, and I intend to have lots of it. I hope you do too!
I hope this project has inspired you, and now for more inspiration be sure to check out the other Do It Over Designers listed below.
Sum of Their Stories
Tea and Forget-Me-Nots
The Apple Street Cottage
Birdz of a Feather
Little Vintage Cottage
Modern on Monticello
Purple Hues & Me
Color Me Thrifty – that’s me!
It would be greatly appreciated if you would pin this project to your favorite Pinterest board, and also share it with your friends.
Thanks so much for reading and until next time,