Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DIY Graphic Christmas Canvases

Today I want to talk about these cute little canvases I made yesterday. They are so simple, easy, and cheap! I'm going with a color scheme of red, green, gold, silver, and glittery this year for our decor, and they make such lovely additions!

Here's what you need:

2 Canvases- One 12x12, One 8.5 x 11 (I love the bulk value canvases at Micheal's)
Red glitter Chipboard letters ( I used these)
1 chipboard Ampersand in a contrasting color
1 flat glittery ornament (I found mine at Dollar Tree)
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

1. Decide on what two phrases/word you would like on your canvases, make sure you have enough of every letter you need (I forgot this step and ended up having to turn another letter into an "r" to finish merry & bright). I suggest one long one, and one short. For example Love & Joy + Noel, Jingle Bells & Snow, etc. You will likely have enough letters left to make a few more words (I am going to make a Santa and Snow one as soon as I can get out to Dollar tree for more ornaments).

2. Arrange the letters on the two canvases to your liking. I found it helped me to draw a light pencil line to line up my letters. Remember to leave space for your ornament on one of the canvases.

3. Once you have you letters arranged how you would like remove one at a time, place hot glue on the back and replace it in the same position. Do the same with your ornament. Allow to dry. Erase any pencil marks that may be on your canvases.

It's really that simple! it took me less than 5 minutes to do both of mine, and I love them. They are so graphic and simple! And I already had all the items I needed on hand, other than the ornament. I can't wait to do the other two!


  1. They're gorgeous! Where did you get the letters?

    1. I got the letters at Scrapbook USA, but there is a link up there to the same ones on Amazon, and Micheal's has some similar ones in their scrapbook section.

  2. oh, sorry I'm unobservant; didn't see the link. I looked at the flat ornaments at dollar tree today; there are some nice choices. You can get a whole package of foam snowflakes in blue, which might be fun to do on a bigger canvas.

    I don't do much for Christmas anymore, but I do like these!

    1. I have a million projects lined up this year. I just finished the pennant banner garland for the tree, and one of the larger ones for the windows. I've got a tree skirt made. I've got a 12 days of Christmas advent I made and need to finish with activity cards and "Tickets". I've got a skirt I want to finish up to wear for Christmas eve. I'm working on some Christmas cookie mini-books for my cookie exchange party. I have a couple more canvases to finish. A couple more pillow covers to make. Need to make a table cloth. Need thin ribbon for hanging Ornaments in the windows. Need thick ribbon for wrapping my cabinets like presents. Making lanterns out of mason jars. Need to fix my wreath. Making 3D cardboard stars for the tree. A stocking hanger project... not to mention the December Daily thing. I need to finish up the kit I am making up for Helen. Wanted to wait until I could get all the Iowa gifts bought to send it out. Hopefully it will get there before December 1st!