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let her sleep – diy canvas

let her sleep
for when she wakes
she will move mountains

Like most members of the female gender I’ll in love with Pinterest. The problem is that I have a habit of pinning things that I like but not actually doing them. I’ve been sick all week and by this morning I had completely lost my voice (lucky for Jared). I decided that was a great time to actually make something -especially since one of my goals for 2012 was to create more. I had fun with this project and might share a few more Pinterest projects on here.

A couple days ago I had pinned this photo via this post:

At the end of the post she explains how she made the canvas. I followed her little tutorial and this is what I came up with:

It’s not exactly the same but I think that’s the joy of DIY. Looking at this photo I’m reminded of how much I really need to recover that lamp shade, maybe that will be my next DIY. I bet Pinterest has a tutorial on that.

If you are interested in making your own, here are the steps that I used:
* painted the canvas a dark grey
* streaked some light grey over it and along the edges
*  used my silhouette to cut out the letters from a road atlas I have (I used two pages -states that I didn’t think we would be visiting). You could totally use a stencil for the letters instead
* used mod podge to stick the letters on -I used a ruler to make sure the words were straight but I’m not entirely convinced my ruler was even straight
* put a layer of mod podge over the entire canvas

I still haven’t decided if I will keep the canvas in Raeca’s room or sell it . . . my house doesn’t have enough room to hold all the crafts I make. Unfortunately.

A couple of notes:
* the canvas I used was 12 x 16
* I think I would like it a little more (and the words would show up better) if the grey had been darker

Are you making things you pin on Pinterest? If so, I would love to see them!

with love,

Updated: I think I’m going to use a Sharpie and add a drop shadow to the words, I think that will make them stand out better.

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  1. Very nice canvas! I like the quote. I was inspired by people making things out of cardboard and have been making things for the boys – the best part of that is you can recycle it when it’s trashed!

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