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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 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 the 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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