As my kids are coming down off of sugar highs from Halloween, we are switching gears and thinking about Thanksgiving. We try to give thanks every day, but Thanksgiving is a special time of year when we put even more focus on being thankful and usually do some kind of family project to remind us how blessed we are and how much we have to be thankful for.
Today I am sharing a tutorial on how to make this Give Thanks, Canvas. I plan to use it on our mantle, where I had a trick-or-treaters canvas as part of our Halloween mantle.
It takes only about 30-45 minutes to complete!
TO MAKE YOUR GIVE THANKS, CANVAS, YOU WILL NEED:
- A stretched burlap canvas
- Chipboard Letters
- Decorative Ribbon
- Craft paint
- Glue gun
To begin, lay out your letters on the canvas. This is important because I was thinking about arranging the letters vertically on the canvas, but they didn’t fit. Play around until your phrase looks the way you want it to.
After you have decided on the positioning for your letters, apply two coats of craft paint. I went with burnt orange and barn red. I used a foam brush to paint the letters. Because the letters are cardboard, be sure not to saturate them with too much paint at once. Two thin layers of paint are better than a one really wet layer.
Next, pick a small bunch of wheat. Tie the wheat together tightly with some string. Then tie a bow using some decorative ribbon. Cut the stems to fit on your canvas.
Now that all of the elements for your canvas are complete, place everything onto the canvas so you can see what your finished product will look like.
Then use a hot glue gun to glue down each letter, one at a time. Use just a small amount of glue on each letter so that it doesn’t squish out and show. The letters are very light and don’t require much glue to stay in place. Finally, glue the wheat into position.