If you aren’t shopping at Dollar Tree to get your craft supplies, you are MISSING OUT, because I used Dollar Tree items to create this adorable Easy Reverse Canvas DIY Decor for Summer or Spring!
This summer/spring DIY is so easy and is incredibly affordable, I just know you’re going to love it and want to make it for yourself!
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For this project, I will be using these items but you can substitute where you want.
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- Dollar Tree Canvas
- Dollar Tree Welcome Flower Sign
- Rustoleum Ultra Matte Grey Spray Paint
- Dollar Tree Jute Twine
- Dollar Tree Wooden Letters
- Apple Barrel Pool Blue Acrylic Paint
- Apple Barrel Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint
- Dollar Tree Burlap polka dot ribbon
- Apple Barrel Snow White Acrylic Paint
- Apple Barrel King’s Gold Acrylic Paint
- Hot Glue gun
- Apple Barrel Black Acrylic Paint
- Glue Sticks
How to Make an Easy Reverse Canvas DIY Decor for Summer or Spring
The flower that I used for this easy summer decor DIY project was originally part of a Dollar Tree metal welcome sign. I simply removed the welcome portion of the sign (you can use that later for another DIY project) and kept the flower for this DIY.
Next, I bent the petals of the flower so that I could properly spray paint them and get nice even coverage on each petal. I used Rustoleum Ultra Matte grey spray paint. Spray the entire flower to make sure you have a solid base coat of paint.
Then, allow the paint to completely dry. I like to use my heat gun to speed up the drying process, but if you don’t have one, you can always use a hairdryer on the low cool setting.
Once the paint is completely dry, go ahead and bend the petals back down. You can set the flower to the side for right now because we have to get the Dollar Tree canvas ready!
Now, when I originally made this project, I cut the canvas off without any intent of reusing it for another project. I’ve gotten some criticism for that, so try and remove the canvas without destroying it so that you can reuse it later.
Once the canvas is removed from the frame, either remove the staples (absolutely use a staple remover and NOT a putty knife!) or hammer them back into the frame. Get 10 giant craft sticks to cover the back of the frame and create the background of this reverse canvas DIY.
I laid the giant craft sticks side by side, exactly how they would be on the back of the canvas frame, and hot glued some giant craft sticks across the back of them to secure them together. This will make it easier to paint them before you attach them to the canvas.
How to stain wood
Alright, you’re going to use brown paint, water, and wet wipes to stain the giant craft sticks and the Dollar Tree canvas frame. I poured the brown paint into a small mixing bowl and added in a bit of water.
Then, use a wet wipe to spread the paint mixture across the wooden frame and the giant craft sticks. The water helps the wood absorb the paint’s pigments and gives it the perfect (and affordable) stained finish!
I used my heat gun again to quickly dry the wooden frame and the giant craft sticks, but you can also set them to the side to dry because next, you’re going to paint the flower!
Get your blue paint and paint all of the metal flower’s petals. The grey base coat might peak through the blue a bit, but that is okay. We are going to add white paint to highlight the petals and brighten them up.
Before I added the white paint to the flower petals, I mixed a bit of white paint with water and then brushed it onto the giant craft sticks. This creates the perfect whitewashed look for the wood.
Next, I painted each of the wooden letters (I made my sign say “BLOOM” but you can choose whichever phrase you want) with yellow paint. Now, go back to the flower and lightly brush a small amount of white paint onto each of the petals.
You can go back over the petals with a wet wipe to smudge the white paint or remove the excess if you apply too much of it. Paint the center of the flower yellow, then put white dots over the yellow center.
Bring it all together
Dry place the letters and the painted Dollar Tree metal flower onto the giant craft stick backing with the canvas frame, and get ready to make your bow! I used some burlap ribbon with white polka dots to make a bow.
To make the bow, I folded the ribbon into a loop and secured the center with some jute twine. I wrapped the twine around the center several times to make it just a little chunkier.
Next, I used a white paint pen to add white polka dots to the yellow wooden letters. Once the paint is dry, it is time to start putting everything together! Hot glue the giant craft stick backing onto the Dollar Tree canvas frame.
Then, hot glue the bow at the very top of the canvas frame, hot glue the flower on the top half of the craft sticks, and glue the wooden letters underneath the flower. Finally, hot glue a piece of jute twine to the back of the reverse canvas DIY to create your hanger!
I hope you enjoyed this Easy Reverse Canvas DIY Decor for Summer or Spring as I did and decide to make it for yourself! If you do, I would love to see how yours turns out!
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If you loved this DIY, you might also like these Dollar Tree Lighthouse DIY Nautical Decor!
Thanks for stopping by! XOXO Amber
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