Mini Canvas Décor

The closing date to my (and my fiancé’s) first house is fast approaching, so of course I’m already thinking about decorating.

Our new house has a unique entry way – it’s got a front door, then a short hallway, then another front door.  I had this idea for decorating a while ago, but didn’t really have any place to put them in my current living space.  I’m using small canvases because I originally thought to bring them in to my cubicle at work, but you could use any size of canvas you want to suit your space.

Mini Canvas 1

For the first of four canvases, I wrote out the word “love” in pencil and traced over it with hot glue as best I could.  This might work better with Elmer’s Glue, but I used what I had on hand.  Let the glue dry completely, then paint over the canvas in the color of your choice.

Mini Canvas 2

This didn’t turn out as smoothly as I would have liked, but it’s basically proof of concept for me.  I could do this better in future projects.

The next canvas (2 of 4, for those keeping track at home) I painted half one color and half another color.  Well, half-ish.  I didn’t really measure it out and I overlapped a bit in the middle.  Then, I took some gold foil designs a friend got me for Christmas and foiled down the middle.

Mini Canvas 3

I love the way this turned out!  And I’ll have to find more of this gold foil design things to have on hand for future projects.

The third canvas was pretty easy.  I just painted some wood letters and glued them on to the canvas.

Mini Canvas 4

This one’s easily my favorite.  It’s the combination of my fiancé and I – we’re combining households, and lives.  What can I say?  I’m a romantic at heart!

Last, but not least, I had to include my favorite hobby in this display.  I embroidered a heart using metallic gold DMC floss.

Mini Canvas 5

While I adore the way it turned out, I learned I need to heed the warnings of other cross stitchers and embroiderers on the internet – metallic DMC floss is TERRIBLE.  I used three strands and it was a pain in the behind to A) thread it through the needle and B) keep it from fraying.  I have a skein of it, but I doubt I’ll ever use it again.

All in all, I love the way this project turned out!  I can’t wait to hang these in the entry way of my new house!

Mini Canvas 6

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