Anchors-away!

Hello again! Just wanted to share with you this easy wall decor idea! Since we moved into the new house Kaleb ended up with a bigger bedroom than what he had at the apartment (lucky kid!) and I thought it was time for a more mature theme for him. If you remember from my canvas & vinyl tutorial his nursery was grey, teal and chevron. There wasn’t really more of a theme than that other than a few whale blankets, a shipyard painting, and anchor sheets. 

Since we started with a blank slate, I wanted to enhance his theme more (lest I go buy everything over again) and I decided to go full blown nautical themed! 

I’ve been looking around for some wall decor that wasn’t too expensive, as my husband rolls my eyes everytime I bring a new piece of wall decor into the house 😂 and I couldn’t really find what I wanted. I wanted something that would tie in the new blanket for his big boy bed (I can’t believe it!) and the new curtains we got, both which are navy blue and white stripped. 

So what would any sane person do? I went to my local Hobby Lobby and perused the isles until something jumped out at me. 
I know I know, you must be thinking “hobby lobby has sooo many different categories for wall decor, surely you can find something there to fit your theme!” And I would tell you you are not wrong! But you can’t beat this project coming in at under $4.50! 

Supplies:

  • Cardboard Anchor 
  • Foam brush (can use paint brush)
  • Choice of paper (I used thin stripped scrapbook paper)
  • Modge Podge
  • Pencil (to trace the anchor)
  • Scissors 

The final result! (As you can tell by the two canvases I LOVE to make wall decor for Kaleb’s room) 

Stay Crafty!

Welcome to the world! – Canvas Decal Tutorial

“May you touch dragonflies & stars, dance with faeries & talk to the moon. May you grow up with love & gracious hearts & people who care. Welcome to the world little one, It’s been waiting for you.”

Canvas Decal Tutorial

When I was pregnant with my son I had this huge urge to make him a custom wall art canvas for his nursery. I am obsessed with Pinterest (as you all probably know!) and loved looking at all the nurseries that people post about. I started looking for some wall decals with cute quotes for his room and I came across this quote decal by Vinyl Masterpieces on Etsy. I fell in love with it and knew I wanted to create something special. It took me a few days to complete this project but I felt so accomplished at the end and would recommend doing a similar project to just about any new mom!

Canvas Decal Tutorial:

Tools Needed:

  • Wall Decal of your choosing (quotes work best)
  • Credit Card/ Decal Rub Card
  • Canvas that is bigger than your decal (not too much bigger or else you’ll have extra space)
  • Painters tape
  • Paint in your choice of colors
  • Paint brushes
  • Modge Podge
  • Ruller & Pencil
  • Book or hard surface for under the canvas
  1. Start by laying out your design you want to keep white with the painters tape. I decided to go with a chevron theme in my son’s room so I did a cross between a chevron and herringbone pattern.
  2. Paint your desired colors over the whole canvas. Make sure you let it dry completely between layers of paint.
  3. Wait at least 4 hours for the paint to dry.
  4. Peel off the painters tape, being careful not to tear any of the paint that might have stuck to it.
  5. Apply one thin layer of Mode Podge. Let dry completely before next step.
  6. Line up your wall decal and tape down so it won’t move but you can still access the other side.
  7. Put your book or hard surface under the canvas so when you start rubbing the decal you have a good pressure.
  8. Start rubbing your decal on the canvas being careful to apply generous pressure to all areas of the decal.
  9. Gently pull the decal backing away from the decal, be careful not to tear any letters that might not have stuck to your canvas. You may need to go over a few spots again.
  10. After you are all done with the decal, start applying thin layers of Modge Podge over the whole canvas, allowing it to dry completely in between layers.

Stand back and admire your wonderful one of a kind canvas!

Stay Crafty!