July 7, 2011

✥ 15 Ideas for DIY Canvas Art ✥

I have a few blank canvases laying around the house so I've been scouring Pinterest, blogs, and Google Images for inspiration. I was looking for a variety of different ways to use my canvases, different techniques to employee.
 That's one of the best things about canvas art, it's so versatile. I thought I'd share some of my finds with you all, so that you may find some *inspiration* too!

{Some of these upcoming ideas I LOVE, some I like, others aren't really for me. But isn't that the beautiful thing about design? There is something for everyone!}

(One) Stencil 

 Subway art is HUGE right now, well I guess it has been for over a year. But a canvas is an excellent way to make you own.
-click on images to find links-

One more {super-sized} stencil project for good measure. This time, typewriter typography meets canvas.  I love it!

(Two) Fabric

These canvases, as well as the many other fabric covered canvases, are some of the funnest and most impactful choices out there.  Unfortunately this gorgeous example is from a discontinued blog, but I love how they applied fabric to make the branches spread out from the center.

(Three)  Vinyl 

Vinyl Over Paint: 
This little baby made the feature rounds a few months back. It is an excellent example of what can be done with a little chevron+vinyl ingenuity. Love me some turquoise!

Vinyl Under Paint: 
Not only does this look amazing (I love me some graphic art) but it's also a Pottery Barn knock off! Didn't Jennifer do an awesome job? I can't even tell the difference between hers and PB's!

(Four) Maps

Just like covering the canvas with paper, but a little more interesting- well at least in my opinion! I super love the map art, whether it is trending or not. Like it, love it, want some more of it.
(Five) Paper 

I've seen quite a few versions of this project that have been framed in shadowboxes, but it looks just as cute in a canvas. This one was a sweet gift from a new mommy to her baby.


(Six) Newspaper

Do you love this? Are you sensing a theme in my choices? Obviously I have typography on the brain.
This is a West Elm copy and I am loving it too. Think I may be copying this little guy in the near future.

Tissue Paper 

This project has endless possibilities with all the different tissue papers out there. Then with the personalized monogram it's perfection!
(Eight) Newspaper & Vinyl

This is the best of both worlds, newsprint and vinyl. I love how the image is continues to the next canvas.

(Nine) Paint

This project was created using a projector to paint a deer image on top of a painted canvas. I am a little obsessed with using deer images in decor. I would probably buy this canvas I like it so much! I think she did a fantastic job!

(Ten) Toilet Paper Rolls

Look at this ingenuity! How many toilet paper rolls have you thrown away in your lifetime? Well not anymore! Check out this creative use for an object we throw away all the time. My mind is swirling with the shapes I could make!

(Eleven) Card Stock Under Paint

Wt a little more dimension on your canvas, but still looking for simplicity? This could be the way to go.



Paint & Image Transfer Technique

This was a fantastic idea! Tracy painted her canvas then used a Graphic Fairy image to recreate this Pottery Barn favorite. You'll have to check out how she used Mod Podge to transfer the image onto the canvas. 
So clever!

Scrapbook Paper

Here scrapbook paper is used to create a coordinated art grouping for a playroom.

Wrapping Paper

Along the same lines, wrapping paper was used here to wrap large canvases. The definite pro for this choice would be size. You'd be able to do much larger pieces of art, on a small budget, ad if you used a spray adhesive and varnished them they could look legit! 



And for our last idea, a strong finale from Sherri and John, making their own photo canvas. They saved a ton of money and will fill you in on the best adhesive for the job.

Oh yeah, and the project at the top- two Restoration Hardware Eye chart knock offs- that one was mine! SO I guess it was 16 DIY canvas art ideas! I used a poster and Mod Podge to make my art.
I hope these ideas get the creative juices going.


  1. So many awesome ideas!! I'm logging them in my future projects section of my brain right now!
    Found you on the Simply Designing Link Party!

  2. Its so difficult to chose between these. I have a huge canvas that I picked up for £2 at a car boot sale and I haven't done anything with it. I have no excuse for lacking in inspiration now, after reading this post!

  3. Beautiful photos and ideas! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  4. New follower here!!! :) I am LOVING this post!! there are so many great ideas here! I am pinning lots of them! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  5. Great ideas, Becca! Thanks for taking the time to gather them all in one place, and then sharing with us!

  6. WOW Thank you so much.. xo-winks-jen

  7. Great inspiration-I have to try some of these.

  8. great roundup!

    so cute. I love giraffe print!


  9. all excellent ideas and wonderful jumping off places for creative exploration. Thanks for sharing!

  10. You're killin' me - I want to see what you've decided on!

  11. What a great compilation of posts!!
    I am visiting from Craft-O-Maniac and I am a new follower!!
    Hope you had a great weekend and that I will see you at my blog soon!

  12. some great inspiration to be found here, thanks for sharing!

  13. Oh wow! so many fabulous ideas to inspire!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  14. Thanks for the inspiration! I've got a canvas waiting.

  15. Thanks for the inspiration, and for including my chevron bird canvas as one of the ideas! :)

  16. How cool? Thanks for sharing all the great tips!

  17. Love all the ideas! I did use modpodge my daughter's photograph on a canvas .

  18. Love this! Very cute and practical. I love your blog!

    Your newest follower,
    (come take a look if you like)

  19. These are all such awesome ideas! Love the different inspiration that each one gives! Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/07/pink-hippo-party-37.html

  20. I love these ideas! I couldn't find the link for the nest picture..

  21. Wow... I need some artwork for my house and these will all work. Do you happen to know where that red and white berry fabric came from in example number 2? Love your blog!!

  22. These are great ideas...I have a stack of canvass just waiting in the basement for some love. I really need to try some of these ideas out.

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  24. What a fun post! I actually did the fabric over canvas a year ago and it seems to be popping every where!

    I love the newspaper too! I'm a journalist so it would fit perfectly in my apartment :)

    I would love it if you would check out my blog, here is a link to my fabric canvas and you can see everything else from there!

    - Molly

  25. Whoops! Forgot my link in the previous comment. Here is my DIY tutorial on using fabric and canvas to create wall art :)


  26. So many fun craft activities. Very simple and innovative, tainted with our own imagination.

  27. This is a great collection of ideas :) You were in the top three most clicked links for tutorial tuesday!

  28. I love all these ideas! Just found your blog and am loving it! following you now! :)

  29. great insirations my bolg-friend! I love the idea of using scrapebook papers to do art I am working on something like that right now infact. thanks for your wonderful ideas and all the photos of possibilities
    HUGS to YOU

  30. Thanks for all of the inspirations! Stopping by from a bowl full of lemons.

  31. Great collection of ideas!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"

  32. great ideas! i have a canvas in my garage from my husbands college days (12 years ago!) that i've never been able to part with, now i have some ideas. i really like the idea of the map.

  33. Oh my goodness! I LOVE these! Once I show my husband this post I bet that I will have lots of projects on my hands. :)

  34. Great idea for a post. I've been planning to paint some new artwork for over my sofa, but if it bombs, I'm probably going the wrapping paper or fabric route.

  35. Great great post! Thanks for linking up, I'll be featuring this one this weekend and hope you can come on over and show more things! I've been trying to figure out what to do with our living room walls and this has given me lots of inspiration!

  36. Some really beautiful ideas that I need to add to my Pinterest boards :)

  37. Thanks for sharing such awesome ideas. Pinning some of these.


  38. i love lots of these ideas. thanks for posting them all together here.
    cheryl xox.

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  40. Thanks for this roundup of great ideas. Getting started now...

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  41. The newspaper and vinyl idea is fabulous!

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  43. I love these ideas!! They are fantastic. Especially the toilet paper one!!! :) Thanks for these awesome ideas!


  44. Very creative ideas that are so doable!! I see a new canvas project... or two in my future. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  45. These are awesome ideas and I want to try every signal one of them! Thanks for sharing these!

  46. Thanks for linking to my pottery barn numbers knockoff! I've been obsessed with your gallery wall and happened to stumble on this post. I appreciate it, glad you liked it!

    Jennifer @ Paisley Pink Polka Dots

  47. Love all the ideas for wall hangings. I have been looking for something new for my living room. Thanks for sharing at 3 Mango Seeds. I linked up a DIY for a deep pillow I made you might be interested in after reading that you love anything with deer. Hope to have you visit at Suppers, Youngans, & Thangs

  48. What great timing that I came across this post. I am planning on repainting a canvas to cover up a switch on my patio. These are all great ideas. Thanks so much.

  49. You've given me plenty of good ideas here for some of my remaining blank walls. Thanks!

  50. What great ideas! I'd love if you'd link this up to my link party going on now! My readers would LOVE it too!


    XOXO, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  51. Thanks for sharing these great ideas! ~Tammy~

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