Want to create a great looking custom word art canvas but don’t want to spend all day doing it? Here is how to make the perfect word art canvas or inspirational phrase canvas without schlepping to the craft store, spending a lot of money on supplies and hoping things come out right.
As a total fan of those cheeky, sweet and inspiring signs you see in stores I’ve longed to make my own but don’t have the patience for vinyl lettering a ton of text, hoping it comes out straight and painting, gluing and waiting for things to dry. I wanted EASY and foolproof. Which is exactly what I got. YAY!
I used PicMonkey – a simple website on which most of the features are free. I do have an inexpensive subscription with them that allows me to use all of the features they offer but if you’re looking to do something simple you can probably go with what’s offered for free.
To start I thought about what I wanted my word art canvas to say. I was looking for something to use in my simple holiday memories mantle project. Thinking back to my own childhood around the holidays I gathered some activities that my sisters and I enjoyed and then I was ready to start creating.
I chose an 8″x10″ canvas since that’s a very common size for printing photos and more importantly the perfect size to use to get my creation printed right on to a canvas via Snapfish.
Next I chose a background. You can use white, any color you like or one of their backgrounds available within the themes section. I liked the chalkboard background and went with that.
I added my text, playing around with the size and spacing a bit but it went pretty quickly. I made sure to leave some space around the edges since you never want to run your text all the way to the edge of anything. Something you quickly learn when you do any kind of graphic design.
Next I headed to Snapfish where I chose the 8×10 size photo canvas. HERE IS THE IMPORTANT PART, you ready?
Pick a background color that mimics the one you used. I chose a very dark gray to go with the chalkboard style of my word art. The reason you want to do this is because you don’t want to stretch the word art to wrap around the canvas. That will distort it, cut some off and you just won’t be happy with the result.
Okay and then one last little but kind of BIG important thing. You’ll want to resize the photo area. This is the part that prevents your word art from being stretched to fit the whole canvas including the edges. You simply move the white dotted lines to just outside the perimeter of the yellow dotted lines by dragging the corners in.
Once you’ve done that, simply add your uploaded photo, follow the prompts to preview and checkout. Then all you have to do is wait for it to show up at your door and figure out where you want to display your word art canvas. I’m thrilled with how mine came out!
I used this DIY word art canvas as part of a holiday mantle project I just finished and every time I look at it I think of my childhood holiday school breaks with my siblings. Desired effect achieved! You can check out my full holiday mantle project here.
Think you might want to give my DIY word art canvas a try but you’re not quite ready? You can pin the image below and it will be waiting for you when you’re ready.