DIY Canvas With Wooden Letters


Square canvases are good for more than just oil or acrylic paintings. You can turn plain canvas blocks into decorations for a baby or toddler’s room with a painted pattern and hand-painted wooden letters. Make one canvas square for each letter of your child’s name and hang them on his wall in a straight line, stair-step fashion or bow for a cute addition to his room. Master the technique on your children’s rooms, then make canvases to sell at local craft fairs or give them as gifts to friends when they become new parents.

Things You'll Need

  • Square cotton canvases, 6-inch
  • Craft wooden letters
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Wood glue
  • Gather enough 6-inch square canvases to have one for each letter in the child’s name. Gather craft wooden letters that spell the child’s name. Decide on a pattern and colors. For example, consider vertical blue, green, pink or violet stripes intermingled with white stripes or paint stars, dots, teddy bears or trucks onto the canvases to create a background.

  • Use acrylic paint and small paintbrushes to add your pattern to the canvases. Let the paint dry completely overnight. While the canvases dry, paint the wooden craft letters. If you chose to paint the canvasses in a solid color, paint the letters in a contrasting color and add a simple pattern to them such as dots or stars. If your background is busy, paint the craft wooden letters a plain, dark-solid color. Let the wooden letters dry overnight as well.

  • Spread a thin layer of wood glue along the back of the first letter. Center the letter in the canvas and press it down onto the canvas. Hold it in place for three minutes while the glue dries. Repeat this step for every letter in the child’s name.

  • Hammer painter’s nails into the wall in a line, stair-step or bow pattern. Hang the canvas boards on the nails to complete the project.

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