Valentine’s Day Canvas Art

So, if you follow along on Facebook, you may remember me saying that I was pretty sure I hated something I was working on last week. This is it.


I started with a 16 X 20 canvas (2 for $7.99) and some chipboard letters ($1.77 each).

I gave the canvas a coat of the same aqua paint I used to paint my piano (Watery from Sherwin Williams) and then laid out the letters.


I made some pencil marks (which were impossible to photograph)so that I could get them back in the same place.

I painted my letters using this table runner from Target as the inspiration for my color palette.



Then, I just hot glued them to the canvas.


It’s grown on me…A LOT. And, it’s way cuter with the bunting, which I’ll post about shortly. (Tomorrow, I swear. The post is done and scheduled already!)

Do you decorate for Valentine’s? Do you use the traditional red and pink or do you branch out a bit?

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  1. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny says:

    I really like this, Char, and I'm not much of a Valentine's Day decorator. I think I'm going to have to make one of these, though. Love the color combo.

  2. Robin (rsislandcrafts) says:

    I really like it also. It doesn't scream Valentine's Day so it can stay up anytime of the year.

  3. I LOVE those colors!!!

  4. I'm with Gwen, I don't do a lot of Valentine's decorating but THIS, I LIKE! I love it! It's wonderful, adorable, cute, beautiful!!!! Really, I'm gushing, but sincere!

  5. connorandmaddiesmom says:

    super cute! where did you find the letters for $1.77, I know I must live in a box! lol.
    I think I might make one for my wall too!

  6. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    I picked them up at Hobby Lobby.

  7. Oh, I love it! So cute! And love the colors you chose!

  8. This is SO CUTE! When you posted about hating what you were working on I was curious about what it was…and I can't believe this is it! It's SO ADORABLE.

    I usually do use red/white but all that cute stuff @ target in rainbow colors is making me rethink.

    I am totally copying this!!! You rock!!!

  9. I LOVE it :) Do you mind sharing the info on the colors you used for the letters?

  10. Not a big Valentine's Day decorator at my house, but holy cow … I love this! And I love that it's not an ode to red and pink: the lime and aqua rock.

  11. I love this….love love doesnt scream valentines day and i think my husband would love that. he is jsut getting used to the fact that I am over decorating LOL

  12. The Gunter Family says:

    I LOVE it! No pun intended! You could even leave it up year round! I just might make one myself! Where do you get the chipboard letters? Joann's doesn't have any that straight/streamline. And we don't have a hobby lobby…gasp!

  13. it matches my daughter's room… so cute! great idea!

  14. Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

    I like it! I think branching out from just red and pink is a GREAT idea!! I haven't decorated this year… Cause I'm not in my own house… But I WILL! When I get my own house.. :)

  15. I love this. So clean and modern. And not too complicated for someone like me, who is lacking in the craft department…

  16. Soooo cute! And I love the colors! I saw the table runner at Tar-jay, I think! :)

  17. This is so cute. I already have the canvas and I've been looking for inspiration. It's great!

  18. Char! I super duper love this! I'm kind of a super clean and modern gal….this thing is speaking to me. Like, loudly. I think it's genius. I may have to duplicate. And you can call me copy-cat.

  19. I love love love this adorable canvas! It is so cute!

  20. Lisa from Craftified! says:

    LOVE! I am definately making one of these or two.. maybe three! These is awesome!

  21. A Pretty Life in the Suburbs says:

    I love this! Great blog – I'm a new follower!

  22. I really like your love sign. I think the problem my be the shutters behind it. I'll take them off your hands, if you like. I'll be good to them — I promise! ;)

  23. Jill @ Craft in a Northern Town says:

    I like it!

  24. I LOOOOVE This! I want to make it the exact same! It's ridiculously cute!

  25. Argh! I love this os, so, so much! I have to make one for my bedroom asap!

  26. PSbytheway, I totally love this.

  27. love the whole kit-n-kaboodle!

  28. Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry says:

    I L.O.V.E. this and am so glad you did a tutorial…

  29. You are ridiculous! This is amazing! I will take it if you decide you do not like it anymore. I am in love with the colors.

  30. I love this!!! I am going to Michaels tomorrow and I am making this!

  31. where did you find the chipboard letters? I've looked everywhere!

  32. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    Cindy, I found mine at Hobby Lobby.

  33. stamphappy2001 says:

    I think this is wonderful. A perfect adaptation of the Noel sign that was out there this past Dec.

  34. Love, love, love the LOVE! :)

  35. sleeplesswonder says:

    I love this. Such a nice Valentines gift.
    Melissa D
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  36. mandyjanedesigns says:

    I just found your blog and it's so cute! Love the colors you choose!

  37. I found your blog on I would be very interested in seeing your painted piano and having a tutorial on it! I have an older piano that needs something to make it beautiful again!! Pictures please!!!

  38. Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun says:

    I featured this on my blog today!!!

  39. Coffee Break Mama says:

    Thanks so much! I made a Valentines outfit using your inspiration – see it here:

    Thanks again!

  40. Ada's Decoration Inspiration says:

    What a fun way to say LOVE :)

  41. I just found this after following a link from Curbly and I’m going to make it for the bedroom the hubby and I just remodeled using the colors we picked for the room. I spent $0.99 for the letters at Hobby Lobby, $0.67 a tube for the colors (3 total) and $4.56 for a pack of two canvases at Wal-mart. Cheap wall art that doesn’t look cheap. A great idea, Char.

  42. This is awesome! What colors did you use for the letters? Thanks!

  43. Sadly, we do not have Hobby Lobbys here in California :( What would you suggest using instead?

  44. CHAR, I have wanted to make this since I saw it last year on you blog. I finally got it done, and I AM IN LOVE WITH IT!! Thanks for sharing your great idea’s.

  45. This is adorable! I am going to post this on my so cheap, so easy series tomorrow. I will link back to your tutorial. Thanks for the great idea!

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