Wordy Wall Art

Quite a few ages ago, I showed you how I made my own canvas print for my room. Remember this picture from days of yore?

This is what the space above the bed in our master bedroom used to look like. Stunning, isn’t it, though? Please – try to contain your jealousy.

Then I concocted this bright idea to make my own canvas (thanks to the inspiration of several bloggers mentioned here). It turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself.


You may remember that I bought 2 canvases for that project but only used 1? Ahhh…the mystery canvas is finally revealed.

As I explained before, my goal for the wall art in the master bedroom is something that’s personal & romantic. None of this framed picture of roses stuff. I’ll leave that to the hotel. (Although, if you have a framed picture of roses above your bed, I’m sure it’s very nice. hello? hello? did I lose you?)

So, I kept researching different ideas and voila…found something on my Pinterest board.

You see, 35 weeks ago (according to Pinterest) I pinned this lovely canvas from Not on the High Street:

There it is – right between my homemade oxy-clean and awesomely painted tub:

And just in case you can’t see the comment underneath, it goes something like this: “loveeeeeeeeee” (give or take a few “e’s”).

Yep. That’s how much I liked it. But it’s sold in the UK for 195 pounds. Not cool.

This is where I tell you how I made my own out of puffy paint for a fraction of the cost.

No, really.

See this?

Recognize this from birthday parties where you all made your own shirts? No? Yeah, I was never invited to those parties either. I just saw the cool girls wearing them on field trips at school. #bitter.

Anyway, birthday parties aside, this little 1.25 ounce bottle of white puffy paint was all I needed. Remarkably. Here’s how it all went down:

First of all, I chose a font I liked on the computer – chose the type and size of font, then figured out how many letters I needed. For this saying, I needed five “i’s” so I went ahead and typed out about 9 i’s so I would make sure I had enough. (Basically, I followed the exact same procedure I used when making these chocolate hearts for a friend’s baby shower.)

Once I printed out all the letters I needed, I taped the papers to my counter, covered it with wax paper taped down, and started squeezing my puffy paint onto my letters.

Does that make sense? The picture explains a lot.

I let the letters dry overnight.

The back of the puffy paint bottle said to steam the letters with an iron to make them puff, so I tried that.

Honestly, it didn’t seem to make that much of a difference. If you try it, make sure you don’t steam the letters too long OR ELSE:

 Good thing I had some extra puffy paint left, right?

After my letters had dried and been “steamed,” I started placing them on my canvas. I didn’t use any glue at first – I just wanted to play around with the word placement a bit.

Once I got them where I wanted them, I brought out my awesome homemade mod podge.

Why yes, I do store it in a Great Gherkins pickle jar. (I love you, Aldi.) See that lovely paintbrush? I dipped that into the mod podge, slathered the back of my letters with it, and then placed it on my canvas.

After letting it dry for an hour or so, I hung it up next to my canvas.

The letters are certainly not as smooth as the original one I pinned, but I love it. I kept it a surprise from my hubby (as much as you can keep things spread out all over the counter a surprise), and didn’t tell him what I was making until it was hung.

One of my fave things about this is that we always told each other this before I even made the sign. So it’s like it’s “our saying” even though it wasn’t really OUR saying.
That makes a lot of sense.

So that’s it! The mystery canvas has been revealed. With Valentine’s Day coming up, this would be a great little project to make for your significant other. Just a thought…

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  1. Loveeeeee (see all those e’s) 🙂

    I have this pinned too 🙂 Yay for you not only making a beautiful piece of personalized art for bedroom but for doing something you pinned
    35 weeks ago! 🙂 I need to do that too. Behind on my goal of doing a Pinterest project a month – got to do 2 this month to catch up 🙂

  2. Christa says:

    Hmmm…I’m sorry to say, but I don’t know! We got it as a “hand-me-down” before my hubby and I got married. Yea for hand-me-downs! 🙂

  3. Love this! Simple and elegant. Sweet but not too in your face. And isn’t Pinterest the greatest thing ever! OK, maybe not the greatest thing ever(that may be the wheel or the internet) but still in the top 10. Saw you on The Girl Creative and pinned you too.

  4. Sarah says:

    Found you on luminositie. I think this is so cool. Another way to do it would be to buy little wooden letters from craft store, glue them on, and then paint all the same color!!

  5. ok, so I am coming over to leave a mean comment on your blog 😉 How dare you criticize my framed picture of white tulips on a red background over our bed. (Believe me the horrid black marbled bed with MIRRORS on the bed are much worse – LOL!)

    Hahaha! I went to bed the other night, saw it, laid down and literally laughed out loud cause I remembered your comment in this post 🙂 David was like, what is wrong with you?? 😉

    so then, I am in the living room the other day and realize I have a gigantic picture of some kind of white flowers in my living room – too! 🙂 you would HATE my house 😉

    seriously, though, those 2 things are on my list to “take care of” – aka: remove! 🙂 Thinking family rules in the living room and some romantic saying and picture in our bedroom ONCE we get new to us furniture 😉

    For now, I will just look at them and laugh 😉

  6. Christa says:

    that is so funny! I hope you told David and he was offended too. 😉 bahaha…
    I’m sure your pictures look beautiful. you have great taste! And I wouldn’t hate your house because ultimately a house is not about what’s on the walls – it’s about the friends who are in it. 🙂

  7. Your poor, sad, wrinkled H! Good thing you had some puffy paint left over 🙂

    You’ve convinced me that I need to create a word canvas like this too. And I even have the perfect saying for it. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  8. Christa says:

    haha! yes, he was sad. I gave him a new home in my trash can. 🙂 Yea! glad you found some inspiration! The Pinterest challenge is so fun!

  9. teresa says:

    love this idea! probably gonna be lazy and use wooden letters tho. paint them white and glue them on. thanks! 🙂

  10. Sidney says:

    Hey, coming to you from Knock off Decor 🙂 What size font and which font did you use?

    I’m thinking this is great for Christmas gifts!

  11. Christa says:

    hey Sidney! yikes — I don’t even remember the font & size! 😛 Totally should have written that down. I just went through the fonts I had on my computer and tried to find one that sorta matched my inspiration picture. Then I just experimented with how big to make it based on how much of my canvas I wanted it to cover. Hope that’s helpful! Thanks for stopping by!

  12. e says:

    So, what if you printed it out , laid it on cardboard and used an x-acto knife to make a stencil to put over the wax paper and just glommed on the puffy paint and then lifted the stencil straight up (wax paper taped down). Do you think the edges would be cleaner, yours look o.k. but mine would be terrible.

    Is the canvas plain or painted white over white? Would you do the puffy letters and then paint the whole thing????

    p.s. it looks like a typewriter type of font….

  13. Christa says:

    hey E! I’m not sure if that would work, but you could always give at a go and see how it works out!
    The canvas is just white – no paint! But you could definitely paint over the whole thing – spray paint would probably work best.

  14. Liz says:

    Ok, so I looked through all the comments on here and I can not believe that no one said this… YOU MAKE YOUR OWN MOD PODGE?!?!?!
    What? That’s so awesome! Can you PLEASE share the recipe?!
    Sorry, I’m just excited, I use mod podge all the time and I always believe diy is better 🙂

  15. Loulou says:

    I love this idea- so clean and simple, but moving. If I wanted the letters to be flat, would it work to print the letters in reverse (flipped), use the puffy paint, and then glue the puffy side to the canvas?

  16. Christa says:

    Hi Loulou! That’s a great idea to try! My only concern would be whether the letters would adhere well when you put the puffy side down. Let me know how it works if you try it!

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