Here’s a pretty Valentine Canvas DIY that can also be displayed year-round!
Although there are many steps involved in making this canvas art, you can create this in just an afternoon – or an evening, or morning… whenever you love to craft! A few hours is all it takes, once you have your supplies together.
Ivory/pearl buttons (Buttons Galore)
Large red button (Buttons Galore)
Artist canvas block, 5″ x 5″ (craft store)
Craft paints – Soft Suede, Cocoa Bean (DecoArt)
Old French script stencil (DecoArt)
Trims: lace, seam binding
Clear tacky glue (Aleene’s)
Plastic jar lids
I love the selection in this package of buttons I got from Buttons Galore. I chose a variety of pearlized buttons as well as two heart-shaped buttons for this project.
The artist canvas block looks like this, when you see it at the craft store. It’s with the regular artist canvases, but this block is thick and can stand up by itself.
Step One: Paint your canvas with two coats of Soft Suede. Let dry. I originally thought about wrapping the canvas block with burlap, but then realized I could mimic the burlap color with paint. Much easier!
Craft tip: Use a plastic jar lid as a pedestal for small items you’re painting or decoupaging. The lid makes it easy to turn your project, plus helps you cover more of the surface at one time.
Step Two: Attach the stencil to the painted canvas block using painter’s tape. Since the stencil was much larger than the canvas, I took some time deciding which section [of the stencil] I wanted to use on the block. I adhered the stencil with painter’s tape underneath the stencil, attached directly to the canvas block.
Step Three: Stencil the design onto the canvas using Cocoa Bean paint and a sponge dauber. Make sure the stencil stays flat – use your hand to help keep it in place, if needed – so that the French script comes out clear. Let dry.
Step Four: Using the same Cocoa Bean paint, distress the sides of the canvas block. I dipped my paint brush into the paint, brushed most of the paint off onto a paper towel, then brushed on the rest back and forth along each side. After I built up the color to my liking, I then added some paint along the edges of the canvas. Let dry.
Step Five: While the canvas is drying, work on the placement of your buttons. I used my craft mat – which has measurements on it – to map out what would fit within a 5″ x 5″ space.
Step Six: Add red thread to the two heart buttons. Tie the thread in a knot, then cut off the ends.
Step Seven: Attach the buttons to the canvas block using clear tacky glue. After positioning the buttons in place, I first glued the largest ones, then went back and glued down the smaller ones. Finally, the two heart buttons were glued down in the center.
Step Eight: Glue lace trim around the outside of the canvas block. Measure out the length of lace needed. Start at the bottom of the block with one end of the lace, then glue around the sides, smoothing as you go. You’ll end up back at the bottom, where the seams won’t show!
Step Nine: Tie seam binding in a matching color over the lace trim and tie in a knot at the top. Thread one end of the binding through a large red button, then tie the ends into a bow. Using scissors, cut the bows apart and trim the ends to make them shorter.
And that’s it! Your very own Valentine canvas to enjoy now and always.
I love mixing different textures together, and this Valentine canvas is no exception! There’s flat-colored canvas, mixed with pearlized and shiny buttons, embellished with delicate lace and semi-shiny seam binding.
And the tiny bits of red thread play off of the large red (also shiny) button.
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