Monday, January 14, 2013

Mini Snowflake Canvases (Silhouette Craft)

I know I'm not the only one around here wishing for a snow day! To celebrate wintery weather, I crafted up some cute Mini Snowflake Canvases, and I thought I'd post the tutorial here today. The cool thing about this one is that you don't have to have a Silhouette machine to do this craft (but it sure is handy)! Things can seem so bleary after all the Christmas decor is packed's fun to have a little winter cheer to display.
Mini Snowflake Canvases (Silhouette Project) from Serenity Now

Mini Snowflake Canvases (Silhouette Project) from Serenity Now

Use Mini Canvases from the Dollar Spot to Make Winter Art! from Serenity Now

-3 Mini Canvases or Square Cuts of Wood (My canvases were $1 each from the Target Dollar Spot because they were craft kits)
-White Spray Paint or Craft Paint (My spray paint of choice is Krylon Dual because it's paint + primer in one)
-Blue Spray Paint or Craft Paint 
-Mod Podge, Small Sponge Brush, and Paper Plate
-Leftover Glitter Snowflake Ornament (You can find these in packs for like $0.10 after Christmas at Target)
-Hot Glue Gun

>>Optional Supplies<<
-Silhouette machine (I use the older SD model)


Note: I'll be sharing directions using my Silhouette machine, but you could make your own stencils, or possibly even use stickers!

How to Make Mini Snowflake Canvases, from Serenity Now

1. Give your canvases a coat or two of white spray paint. Enough to cover any existing artwork. 

TIP: To give your vinyl/stickers the best chance of sticking to the painted canvas, let the paint dry overnight to "cure"!

2. Use your Silhouette to cut your wording out and apply the transfer tape. Cut close to the lettering to minimize the amount of tape that will touch the painted canvas.

3. Apply your lettering to the painted canvas. 

TIP: I used a pot scraper to firmly adhere the vinyl. It also helps to have something sturdy under the canvas to press against!

4. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the letters. Brush on in upward strokes and then downwards as well. Let dry completely! This is to ensure your paint doesn't leak under the letters!

Mini Snowflake Canvases (Silhouette Project) from Serenity Now
5. Give the canvases a very light coat of the blue spray paint. Let dry completely (about 10 to 20 minutes for Krylon). 

6. Give the canvases another good coat of the blue, covering the canvases. Let dry completely.

Mini Snowflake Canvases (Silhouette Project) from Serenity Now

7. Using a pin or a tool, carefully peel your vinyl letters off. You can touch up any areas if desired.

8. Apply vinyl snowflakes.

9. Cover and seal with a coat of Mod Podge.

Mini Snowflake Canvases (Silhouette Project) from Serenity Now
 10. Heat up your hot glue gun and apply glue to the back of your snowflake.

11. Adhere the glitter snowflake ornament to the last canvas.

Mini Snowflake Canvases (Silhouette Project) from Serenity Now
Mini Snowflake Canvases (Silhouette Project) from Serenity Now

My canvases don't have a home yet, but I'm working on a little winter "mantel" for January.

Do you decorate for Winter in your home?

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  1. These are beyond cute Amanda! A perfect January craft that gives new meaning to the winter blues!

  2. I would have never thought to use those mini target canvases for a dollar! Very smart trick!

  3. Very cute! Can't wait to see your winter mantel. =)

    ~ Catie

  4. Love them! What a fun way to bring in the winter theme.

  5. These are so cute! I didn't know that Target stocked mini canvasas. That's a deal.

    I've got my living room all decked out in winter decor. I've been trying to complete two pillows since Christmas to complete the winter look, but I'm still working on them.

  6. What a cute project!! I think it does belong on your "mantel"!!! Happy decorating!

  7. This is such an adorable project! I absolutely love it! :)

  8. Beautiful!!! I LOVE the colors..I do my house in blue and silver for Christmas so this is right up my alley!

  9. I love them! So pretty!

    But you can seriously have our snow! I'm over winter! Our "high" today was 12 degrees!

  10. You are just so creative! I love it and the colors. :) Perfect for the season. Megan

  11. Aww! I love the creativity and the color. I saw this on linky party. Have a lovely day.

  12. Those are so cute! I love that you just painted over the picture of the dollar spot canvases! We were hoping for a little bit of snow this morning, but we got nothing!

  13. I love this project - I never know what to do with those tiny canvases and they are so cute. Great idea to turn them into some seasonal decor. Love the colors too - who can go wrong with that pretty blue? For me, in Florida, maybe "Let the sunshine in" would be more appropriate though ;)

  14. These are so cute Amanda! I love the way you offset the words - it's so fun!

  15. These are so cute! stopping in from Flamingo toes :) newly following !


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