DIY Quote Canvas

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The idea for this DIY quote canvas came about while I was tooling around on Pinterest a few months back.  The quote, “It is well with my soul” is a line from one of my favourite hymns titled the same. Never heard it? Here’s my favourite version of It Is Well by Kutless. We have been in our house for just over a year now, but I haven’t added many personal touches. One of the first projects I created to add some personality is this DIY quote canvas. You can create this with any quote you’d like as long as it fits on your canvas!

Supplies for DIY Quote Canvas:

white canvas with can of gold spray paint and vinyl stick on letters  all sitting on grass against a fence

Step One:


white canvas with black letters reading "it is well with my soul" leaned on a fence outside on grass

You’ll need to mark out your letter spacing using the pencil & ruler first. You can skip this step, but I don’t recommend it. It’s easier than fiddling around with spacing while eyeballing it! I chose to orient my quote along the right edge of the canvas and anchored in the bottom corner. You can choose whatever arrangement you’d like! Once your spacing is done, you can start arranging your letters on the canvas.

 Since I wanted my wording as close to the right edge as possible, I started placing those letters first. The textured canvas is a bit tricky for the vinyl to adhere to really well, so rub the vinyl letters down really well. A bone folder or back of a spoon would work great for this.

Step Two:

gold diy quote canvas leaned against fence

Next, go outside or into a very well-ventilated area to paint. Spray paint goes far & wide, so be sure to work in an area you don’t mind getting overspray on. Next, I did a very light coat of paint all over the canvas to help the vinyl letters stick more. The first coat of paint sort of “traps” them. Then go ahead and give your canvas a nice coat of paint. Be sure to get the edges of your DIY quote canvas as well. 

Once you’re happy with the paint coverage, stand back and admire your terrific paint job. Now while the paint is still wet, use that Exacto knife to peel the letters off VERY CAREFULLY. You want to take the letters off now so you get very crisp paint lines. This also reduces the risk of the paint tearing when you peel up the vinyl.

After all the letters are taken off, let the painting dry until it is 100% definitely dry to the touch.

gold diy quote canvas leaned against wall

Then hang it in your home where you can see it & love it. This project was super, super simple to do and pretty dang cheap. The vinyl letters & paint will last beyond this project as you won’t need to use up either of them completely. Even still, $20 wall art that YOU made? How can you go wrong?

What quote would you like to display in your home?

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