Inspirational Wall Art: Do it Yourself for Half the Cost
I found this idea on Pintrest..Although the directions were confusing/not entirely correct. After suffering through 1 that was rather painful print (Never, Never Give Up) I took my lessons learned and revised the idea and the next 2 took half the time of the first one.
What you need: (can be purchased at Michael’s)
Canvas - Can be pricey so the best bet is to buy it in a pack, I purchased a pack of 7 for $19.99
Vinyl Letters (with sticky backs)- $5.99/per pack
Acrylic Paint - $1-$1.99 per color (I like the Martha Stewart colors, about 40% more but much softer colors)
Mod Podge - About $8 but you can use this for almost any do it yourself project - a must have
Sponge Brushes - $.49 cents
Old Magazines, Newspapers
Step 1- Setting your Canvas: Look through old magazines & Newspapers and cut out pictures, words OR take a page whole to use as your background. Paint on the mod podge to the canvas to stick on the paper cut outs. Wait 5 minutes and then put a layer of Mod Podge over the backdrop, you do this so when you peel the lettering off it doesn’t take the paper with it.
Step 2 - Phrase: Select a phrase you would like to have on your wall. I would suggest fewer than 6 words, you don’t want to clutter it…and sticking letters is a pain! Once you have your phrase selected, arrange the letters in desired format.
Step 3 - Paint: Use your selected acrylic paint color and paint over the ENTIRE canvas. You definately want some of your background to pull through so don’t go very heavy. If you do find you painted it a little thick, grab some sandpaper and rough it up a bit (when it’s dry). Once it’s painted, let it dry about 1 hour.
Step 4- Finish: Peel off the letters carefully & then Mod Podge over the entire canvas to seal.
Pretty simple, cheap (once you have all your materials) and customizable! Some other ideas you can use would be to take song lyrics and use old sheet music as the backdrop or grab a fun wrapping paper for your backdrop. I choose inspirational phrases to go into my office.
See the original Idea here. Definately follow my instructions though…