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DIY Black and White Framed Canvas

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I  updated the art in my kitchen eating area, something I typically do seasonally, but this time I went with something big and bold that will stay up year round.  For under $10 I created this black and white custom framed canvas that fits perfectly in our eating area.  

DIY black and white framed canvas. Make your own custom wall art. Home is our happy place.

Previously I had hung a column of smaller pieces of art on this angled wall in our eating area.  These framed kitchen towels were there for a long time and I loved their graphic look.  This time around I went with one bigger piece that really stands out and can be seen from just about anywhere on our first floor.  

DIY black and white framed canvas art for home

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  • 12″x24″ canvas (I bought a 2 pack at Michael’s on sale for $6)
  • Letter stencils (read on to see how I created my own)
  • Black acrylic paint and fine brush
  • 1×2 pine board
  • Gray stain
  • L brackets
  • Mounting plates 
  • Screws

I started this project by laying everything out in my Silhouette design software.  If you do not have a Silhouette you can use pre cut letter stencils for this project.  I chose I font I liked and a saying that fits our homebody family perfectly.  Then I cut the words out in 2 pieces using my Silhouette on 12×12 cardstock.  I used these as a stencil and traced the words onto the canvas.

DIY black and white framed canvas stencil

Vinyl and other stencil materials do not stick well to bare canvas so I chose to go this route and just trace the letters.  There is a way to use vinyl on canvas, you can get details in this nursery canvas art post.  Once everything was traced I turned on Friends on Netflix (my current night time binge) and painted the letters black.  It was a seriously relaxing evening.  

DIY black and white framed canvas art tutorial

DIY black and white framed canvas art

Once the canvas was done I knew I wanted a wood frame to surround it, I turned to this post from Unoriginal Mom on how to frame a canvas. I made one tweak, I do not have a brad nailer so I used flat corner braces like these to secure the boards together.  I stained the frame a light gray to compliment the cool tone and graphic look of this framed canvas.  

Home is our happy place DIY framed canvas art

Now that I have replaced the smaller pieces of art with this larger black and white framed canvas I can’t imagine going back to a gallery look.  It gives the kitchen eating area a more sophisticated vibe and really stands out.

You can use this technique to make your own custom framed canvas, what would yours say?

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How to Apply Vinyl to a Canvas - Creative Ramblings

Friday 15th of September 2017

[…] are a couple of ways to get letters onto a canvas.  You can stencil and paint them like this sign below, or you can use vinyl which is easier and leaves less room for […]


Friday 8th of September 2017

What a beautiful framed canvas, Sarah! I love this idea and am totally going to making one myself! Love the look and feel of it!

Sam - Raggedy Bits

Friday 8th of September 2017

What a fabulous Print! So simple but packs a punch!


Thursday 7th of September 2017

I so have been wanting to do this, but with calligraphy! You now have me thinking of a future project! Thank you, I love how yours came out! I will link to you if I get the project published!

lynn spencer

Thursday 7th of September 2017

What a perfect little project...and a great saying. I love the the bold simplicity of it. Well done sarah!

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