Page Links

Friday, July 29, 2011

Canvas Obsession

Finished Canvas
I am obsessed with canvases! If I walk into a craft or art store and they are on sale I! It's a compulsion that I am {sort of} working on. Am I alone in this obsession-compulsive behavior? 

I have found that you can make so many cool things with a blank canvas, that far outreaches just painting some pretty art. Here are just a few things that I have made with a blank canvas: Ribbon/barrette holder for my babies room, guest book, baby book {this one is in the making}, and lots of other "stuff". I always have at least one canvas hanging around in my house just waiting to be used. 

Awhile back I pinned this little beauty on my pinterest board. I knew I wanted to do something similar to it for Sophia's upcoming birthday. So, yesterday while my little darling took a nap, I decided that now was as good of a time as any to get started on making the canvas for her. 

Items you need:
{one} Blank Canvas
{two} Craft Paint
{three} Pencil
{four} Crepe Paper Streamers
{five} Hot glue

I started by drawing free hand zebra stripes on the canvas with a pencil. Then I took some hot pink craft paint and with a small, flat brush painted the stripes on {well actually I painted the not-stripe part.... you know so the stripes looked white and the rest was pink.... but I digress}. 

Once the paint dried, I drew on a big number one. I tried to fill as much of the canvas space as possible. 

Then I broke out some black crepe paper streamers {I got 2 rolls for $1 at dollar store}. I folded the crepe paper over a few times and cut out some four-petal flowers {I did this by folding my crepe paper squares in half one way and then in half the other way}. Word to the wise... you will need LOTS of these little flowers, so cut out a bunch at once by stacking crepe squares on top of each other before folding and cutting. Otherwise you will be cutting for a long time. 

Once the flowers were cut out, I took the flat end of a wooden skewer and twisted the middle of my flower around it, dabbed a little hot glue on the end and put it down on my canvas. I found that it worked best to go around the outer line of the one first and then to go in a fill in the holes at the end. 

Lastly I took some of the crepe paper, and hot glued it around the edge of the canvas to finish it off.

I have not decided exactly where I am going to put this for her party yet. My ideas right now is to either add a ribbon and hang it on the front door like a wreath to greet her party guests, or on a little easel somewhere. Either way I am totally in love with it and can't wait to get to craftin' more cute things for my baby's party!

I linked up to the Pintrest Challenge! Check out all the amazing projects inspired by Pinterest herehere, here, and here.


  1. Love it! And I love love love the theme you're working! This was originally Audrey's nursery theme and I love all things black/hot pink/white! Can't wait to celebrate!

  2. That's so cute. I may need to try that for my nieces 5th birthday.

  3. Patti sent me your way and I am in LOVE with your blog. I think you should set up weekend classes to teach us non-crafty folk all your tricks!! :)