Do you ever wonder what you could create with the little 5 x 7 canvases from Dollar Tree?! Anything and everything is your answer! These little $1 pieces are holiday and seasonal gold! You can create something for literally EVERYTHING! These would even make great gifts! Imagine one with a monogram – I don’t know about y’all but I would love receiving something like that as a birthday or Christmas gift! I had a couple of these that I purchased last week so I grabbed some paint and got started! I used the following to complete my project:
- Dollar Tree $1 Canvas
- Paint Brushes
- Painters Tape
- Pumpkin Stencil
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- Decorative Leaves
- Wooden Beads
Y’all know my love for buffalo plaid so I started with painting the bottom part of my canvas in the plaid pattern. This requires some work and patience but it’s actually so easy! The first thing you need to do when painting buffalo plaid is to have four shades of whatever color plaid you are going for – in my case I was going for black and white so I used white, light gray, medium gray and then black paint. I painted the entire board with the white paint to give it a good white surface. Next, I began by taping my board off like this–>
I used the shorter piece of tape to gauge where my next strip should go. I did this until I had went up as far on my board as I wanted (three tape strips) and then added a light coat of my lightest shade of gray paint. I was careful not to put the paint on thick as this can cause a lot of bleeding and make the plaid look sloppy. I did use two thin coats to be sure it was covered good. I pulled the tape off while the paint was still wet. You want the paint to completely dry before beginning the next step.
Once the paint was dry, I began adding the tape for the next step as shown here:
Again, I used a piece of tape to keep my strips straight and of equal width. I added a strip to the top to give me a guide line of where to stop since I wasn’t going all the way up the board. When all my tape was in place, I added a coat of the medium shade of gray. You DO NOT want to remove your tape after this step but you do want to let your paint dry again before proceeding.
Once my paint was good and dry, I placed horizontal tape lines again. I did this on top of the tape that was on the board.
For this final step, I added my black paint. I used two thin layers of paint here as well being careful not to apply too thick to prevent bleeding. Once this was complete, I removed all my tape.
After the paint was dry, I used my pumpkin stencil (you can easily find a pumpkin online to cut out or use a Cricut to cut one out) to trace my pumpkin onto the board. If you feel confident free-handing this, you can easily create without a stencil.
Keeping with the neutral pallet of my foyer where I planned to hang my sign, I painted my pumpkin a cream shade. This took a few coats so that the buffalo plaid could not be seen behind my pumpkin. When I was content with the coverage, I let my pumpkin dry and then began to add in the painted embellishments – stem, lines, etc. You can have fun here! This can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. For me, painting is not my strong suit, so I kept it pretty simple but fun.
Once all my paint was dry, I added a couple leaves from a pack I had picked up at Dollar General and tied a simple bow with some buffalo plaid ribbon I had. I used some beads and jute to create the hanger. I used hot glue to attach it to the back of the canvas and then attached the ribbon with some more hot glue. Finally, I had my finished sign!
And there ya have it, another fun and easy project in the books! I hope you will give this a try! It would be so much fun to do with a group and would make a great girls night project or a lady’s group craft. If you enjoyed, I hope you will share this on your own Facebook page! Happy painting, crafting, happy all the fun things y’all!