Inspirational Canvas Quote DIY

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Some days I just need a pick-me-up and a reminder that today is about what you make it. Some mornings I stand in the shower and wish I could sleep another hour because I am not ready for the day ahead. If I start my day in a slump, it negatively impacts my day. If I start my day with positivity, I will have a significantly better day ahead.

I decided to add this quote I saw, Today is a good day to have a good day, to a canvas. It felt like the right reminder to set my day off in a good mood.

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Materials and tools I used:

  • Black vinyl and transfer tape from one a Cricut Starter Kit
  • A blank canvas
  • Cricut
  • Oak trim from Home Depot
  • Staple Gun
  • Mod Podge*

**I learned the hard way that vinyl actually doesn’t like to stick to canvas. Who knew? Determined to save my project, I whipped out my BFF Mod Podge. I didn’t know what Mod Podge was until a few months ago and it really saves my butt a lot on these projects.

First I design the vinyl and cut it with my Cricut. (If you are wondering what a Cricut is, see my recent post!)

Once the Cricut cut out my design, I weeded the vinyl.

Once you weed the vinyl, you need to add transfer tape, so you can pull up the vinyl and stick it to your surface. I’ve learned that if you pull away the backing instead of pulling away the transfer tape, the vinyl sticks better to the tape. See how in the image below, I’m pulling up the backing.

Next, I flipped over the letters and transfer tape and pressed down on the canvas to make it stick.

This is where I ran into problems. I had no idea that the vinyl would not stick to the canvas. I read after the fact that you should spray your canvas with an adhesive first, but as I already stuck down my vinyl and carefully peeled the backing (which was really difficult as it wasn’t sticking) it was too late. Luckily I was able to use the scraper tool from the Cricut starter kit to rub over the letters and make them stick as best they could, and then cover the whole canvas with a thin layer of Mod Podge to seal in the letters. I had to cover the whole canvas because the Mod Podge gave a tiny sheen to it even though it was the matte Mod Podge.

After, my husband helped me build a frame for the canvas. I felt the frame made it look like it was a finished piece. I bought some trim from Home Depot, about 1″ thick, and he cut it and used a stable gun to attach it to the canvas. Quick and simple.

He loves this Ryobi staple gun, by the way, and he wanted to make sure I mention how much he loves it. Any one who knows my husband knows that when he loves a product, he’ll convince you to get it too. (We bought a robot vacuum and within a short time frame he convinced both his mom and his sister to get one. He gets very passionate about good purchases 🙂 )

Here is my finished sign. I’m going to add it to our master bath so I can have this positive reminder right when I wake up in the morning! I’d love to know what you think, or if you have questions! Comment below.

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