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Decorate My Home, Part 24 – Painted Canvases

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Okay, back to the toddler room again.  

(For other boy/girl toddler room ideas, click here, here, here, here and here.  Whew!)
I decided that the little fella of the room needed some of his favorite things incorporated into the decor.
Cars.  And trucks.
So, I placed some painted canvases right above his crib.
And he has already spoken……his favorite one is the firetruck.

The blocked artwork goes nicely with that bold tumbler quilt.
And the group of canvases come out at different levels from the wall……giving it dimension.

Nice and simple way to spruce up an open space.
Ready to make your own?
I first painted different sized canvases, the color that I wanted them.
(I used acrylic paint for the whole project.)
Then allowed them to dry fully.
Then I cut out car shapes from paper, the size that I wanted them, and placed them on each canvas.  (My shapes were printed off from my Silhouette program.)
Then I arranged the canvases how I wanted them to appear on the wall, and then adjusted each paper car as necessary.
Then I traced around each paper shape with a pencil.
Then I painted 2 layers of paint within the lines of each car shape.
Then I allowed each canvas to dry completely.
And while waiting, my little helpers put the extra paint to good use.
After all canvases were dry, I put the canvases back into the arrangement that I liked…….then one by one I nailed them together from the back.  Using several nails for each canvas.  
(Make sure you keep each piece straight as you turn it over to nail it.)
Then hang the canvases right up on the wall.  
(I used 2 nails behind the blue canvas, which is right against the wall…….and 2 behind the green canvas, which is about an inch away from the wall.  So the nails behind the green canvas are 2 inch long nails and I only pounded them in about an inch.  I had to measure and use the level a bit……and then placed the blue and green canvases on their nails.  And then the whole grouping hung nicely.)
Because these canvases are pretty light, I was able to create this sort of arrangement and only used nails to hang them in the center.  If using heavier wood pieces, you may have some problems with balancing and hanging an arrangement with just nails.

**And if you have a younger baby who grabs at everything, you may not want to hang this right above their crib.  Try another wall.  My little guy is a bit older and we were able to talk about not touching it.  And for some reason, he really doesn’t play with it.  He says, “no touch, mommy!”  Works for me.
Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi! I just did this for my little brother and he loves it so much! Thanks! :)

  2. Sharon says:

    Hi Ashley!

    I LOVE your site!

    I was just wondering if you have a cheap place you get canvases from? I have wanted to do a few cute projects with canvases but every time I head to the store to get some they are just SO expensive! So do you have a special place to get them or is there a different type of canvas you can use that is cheaper?


  3. Anonymous says:

    Can I use freezer paper to put the artwork on the canvas? Thanks!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I just did this project for my little man. It turned out awesome!! Its perfect for his new big boy room. Thanks so much :0)

  5. Cyndy says:

    I have been wanting to do some painted canvas projects for my house but I'm too nervous that they won't come out well. Thanks for inspiring me to give it a try!

  6. Ashley says:

    I have had those blank canvases for a while. I bought each one at different places after seeing them on sale, thinking I would use them later on. I have seen them at Hobby Lobby, Walmart, and then some local little craft stores. I'm sure Michaels has them too……and you can always use their 40% off coupon there. Good luck!


  7. McPherson family says:

    Hi I was wondering if you made your own canvases or if you bought them and where at.
    I always love your ideas.

  8. kati says:

    LOVE IT!!! What a great idea!
    I featured it on Featuring My Favorites Friday, please stop by and have a look.

  9. Tiffany says:

    diggin the shade of gray you chose, but the dimension pop is what really does it for me. clever!

  10. Kevin And Vanessa says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! I just did this with airplanes for my son's room, and it turned out brilliant!

  11. Casey says:

    this is awesome! I never would have thought to layer the canvases the way you did, such a grea idea!

  12. Becky says:

    This has been such an inspiration!

  13. Purnima@a creative project says:

    Fantastic project!! I am a first time visitor and am so glad to have found you!! You are so talented and creative..very inspiring!!

  14. Sister's Friday says:

    Love the boy decor…I am always looking for things to do for my son. I also love how you grouped the canvases…gives the room great dimension

  15. S. says:

    Very cute! I like it!

  16. Cathy says:

    I love it! I'll be giving this a try for my little girl's room. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Mrs. Hahn says:

    The room is really coming together. I have enjoyed the changes. Thanks for sharing!

  18. southernscraps says:

    How cute! Love the colors.

  19. bethanndodd says:

    Just perfect…I love boy projects!
    Have a spendid weekend!

  20. leigh7911 says:

    My kid knows "Don't touch" too. She tends to say it as she is pulling something down she shouldn't. :)

  21. Inle says:

    How cute! And cheap! Love it!

  22. Angie says:

    These are adorable! I love the layout and how you staggered them!

  23. Kate @ The Gaines Gang says:

    I love how you staggared them…WAY too cute.

    Thanks for sharing!

  24. **Ida** says:

    I love this! I am going to do this for my son's room. Only problem, no Silhouette!

    I will manage. So cool!

  25. Jill says:

    I love the grouping idea!!

  26. mommy2luke2008 says:

    I love these! I featured them on my friday favorites!

  27. kati says:

    OH I LOVE IT!!! Great job!!!

  28. The Nedrys says:

    I am doing a Hawaiian beach theme in my baby girl's room and I think this would work great! I could do some Hawaiian related pictures (sea turtle, dolphin, bathing suit, surf boards). I like the canvas sizes you used and am wondering what their sizes are?

  29. Emily says:

    I love that you nailed the canvases together. Great job!

  30. Dawn says:

    Great idea! My little boy would love these! Thanks for the great idea.

  31. Becky says:

    Adorable! I love it. That would be so cute in my boys' room.

  32. Bethany says:

    Hi Ashley! Cute look! Where did you get your canvases?

  33. Delia says:

    Oh I love it. The layered look with the canvases it great!

  34. Sandy (Helping you store what matters most!) says:

    You are so very talented!!!
    Helping you store what matters most.
    Try it FREE

  35. Karena says:

    These are so cute!! Perfect for a child's room!

    I have a New Giveaway from the French Basketeer that I think you will love!

    Art by Karena

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