Inside: See how easy and cheap it is to diy your own canvas art. A few items is all you need to create your own custom art.
Why buy when you can recycle and create your own customized look!
I scored these canvas frames at a sip and swap. If you’re unfamiliar with what a sip and swap is, it’s gathering with friends, drinking wine, and swapping clothing and other household items that you no longer want. My friend’s trash was my new treasure…a treasure of FREE canvas art that I planned to give a new look.
This is a super easy project and a used an item you probably have in your house… a potato!
Here is how to get canvas frames for FREE or pretty darn cheap:
Recycle your own canvas art – any old art you have buried and have been meaning to bring to Goodwill…now it has a potential new life
Ask if friends or family have any they were planning on getting rid of
Buy some from a thrift store
- Purchase them brand new on Amazon, craft stores like Hobby Lobby, Michaels and JoAnns or the Dollar Tress sells two for $1
*This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy. *Before you get started make sure you have your Safety Gear. For this project, I recommend a P100 mask.
Here is another craft project to check out: Farmhouse Style Planked Coasters
TOOLS FOR DIY RECYCLED CANVAS ART
SUPPLIES FOR DIY RECYCLED CANVAS ART
- White matte/flat spray paint
- Acrylic paint of various colors
- Scrap paper
- Painters tape
STEPS FOR DIY RECYCLED CANVAS ART
Step 1) Paint your base color on the canvas. I started out by painting white acrylic paint on the canvas and it wasn’t covering well. So I grabbed some white flat spray paint and this was much quicker and covered very well.
Step 2) Cut your potato. While the spray paint is drying grab a potato and a knife. Think of what shape you want to create. I went with a chevron pattern and stripes. Once you pick your pattern cut it out and place it on the potato. I printed a chevron pattern from online and cut out two pieces of the pattern. Then cut the potato in the shape of the pattern.
I recommend simple patterns with straight lines for ease of cutting the potato. The stripes I did by hand using the paintbrushes. Take a paper towel and pat dry the potato.
Step 3) Time to create your masterpiece. *Tip to prevent paint bleeding onto the sides of the canvas you can put painter’s tape around the edges of the canvas.
Practice a few stamps on a scrap piece first. Keep some paper towels handy and water to clean and wipe the potato in between colors. I found center on the canvas, marked it and this is how I determined where to start. Dip (dip baby dip) your potato in the acrylic paint and stamp it on the canvas.
For the stripes, I drew by hand using various sizes of paintbrushes to create various stripe thickness.
Step 4) Hang your new masterpiece(s) in its spot. I hung mine in our guest bathroom.
I took pressure off myself to not be a perfectionist and to have fun while creating this art. So lines might be crooked and my stamps may have overlapped, but I was ok with it.