Tuesday, February 14, 2012

DIY Love Quote Canvas

It's not too late for a Valentine's Day project right?! 
You can make this in 5 minutes! (plus drying time)

I had found this awesome piece of work on Pinterest a couple days ago and I thought it was a DIY project but turns out it retails for about $300 (CDN)!! It's beautiful but that's just insane! Is it made from diamonds?! (We actually saw a piece of art today that had diamond shavings sprinkled on it!)


I love everything about this (minus the price). I love all the negative space around the text and the different size of texts. It's so simple but lovely!
So off I went on a quest to hunt down supplies to make try to recreate it. It took about 3x longer finding and buying supplies than to actually make it! 

Here's my version:
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1) A canvas- I used an 8 x 10 "Primed Wooden Cradle Board" from Michael's. It came already white so that made it easy! $8.50 with a 50% off coupon! Whoo hoo!

2) Red paint + small paint brush (I already had on hand but the craft paint is only about a dollar)

3) Foam letters (I had a heck of a time finding inexpensive small wooden letters. I would have ordered some from Amazon but I was not willing to wait 2 weeks! When I have something in mind, I am SUPER impatient and it needs to get done ASAP).
$2.25 from Michael's again with a coupon!

4) White matte spray paint (I already had this but it's about $6 from Home Depot)

While the paint on the red letters dried I figured out where I wanted the letters to go and lightly drew guidelines on the canvas.

I wasn't sure about the foam letters- would it look cheap? Will the spray paint stick? Luckily they turned out better than I expected and it's a very economical choice but next time, I think I'll invest in wooden letters. Close up, the foam has tiny bubbles that reveal they are foam and not wood. What I do love about them is that they are self adhesive. Major time saver!

Once the letters were adhered, I gave the whole thing a couple coats of matte white spray paint. Then I added the red "love" letters and voila!

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A $300 piece of art can be made for less than $20!

This project is SO easy and I love the way it looks with the raised letters.

I know the white art gets lost with all the white around it but that's just temporary! I can't wait to move into a place where I can paint my walls any colour I want!

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As you can see, I'm not settled on the styling of this dresser. I'm going to be doing a dresser makeover in the near future and I have my eyes on this Anthropologie pull.

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Isn't it lovely? But that's for another time and another post!

I think the canvas art would look AMAZING as a huge canvas piece or even as a small itty bitty one. I'm definitely making this art piece again for myself, family, friends, basically anyone and everyone! Better start gathering some awesome quotes! =)

Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you enjoy the day with your loved ones!


  1. I always love these.... I have even bought everything to make one of these... why haven't I done it?! Maybe tonight! Thanks for the inspiration!!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy
    ps I am your newest follower! :o)

    1. Hi Jaime Lyn! Thanks for following. I love your blog! You should definitely make this! I can't wait to make another one! =)

  2. So glad I found your lovely blog. I'm following you with the new Linky tool, straight from the Linky blog hop. I look forward to getting to know you better, Lori

  3. So pretty! Just stopping over from tip junkie to say hi, but I'll stay a little to see more of your creative ideas. Have a great day - maks :-)

  4. Just lovely! Would love for you to stop by and link up to the Tuesday To Do Party if you haven't already!


  5. DIY are the best! You did a great job :) Cute blog!

  6. This is so cute! Great idea. Thanks for linking up to Destination: Cutesy Monday! Have you checked out my Glitzbandz giveaway I'm having? I'd love for you to enter!

    XO! Kathryn

  7. I too love that poster. I saved it to file for future thought, now you have given me the inspiration I need to do my own. thanks ever so much for sharing. I will follow on my way out because I am sure I will enjoy engaging and supporting your special place now I have found you. I hope you will find a little time to come visit me soon. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  8. Very cute and perfect for Valentine's Day decor. Thanks for sharing at our Link It Up Thursday party.

  9. I love this! So pretty! I love projects that are simple but have great visual impact. Beautiful!

  10. This is so pretty! And wow did you save a lot of money making it yourself!

  11. Very cool. This can be used for so many different things. Like the window display of my flower shop.

  12. Simply adorable!
    Love the quote! And the drawer pull is gorgeous by the way - when you are done with that dresser redo,, please share!! Thanks for linking - come back Thursday to link up again!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  13. Oh my goodness...looks so GREAT! Thanks for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity! I can't wait to see what you link up at my party tomorrow! I LOVE following you...you're so inspiring! Just a little reminder, my giveaway for 1000 free FULL color business cards ends at midnight!! Stop by and enter to wiN!

    XO, Aimee

  14. Thanks for linking up this project at Dwell on Fridays Nancy!!! I agree - love the turquoise drawer pull!

  15. I love this idea...the raised letters just make it.....and you do a great vignette. Nice to see you again, Lori

  16. I love this site. Your ideas are really cute. I find it really interesting.

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