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Give your abode a spring update with these easy DIY canvas crafts that won't break the bank! From monotone canvas decor to scrapbook paper canvas art, you'll love how easy canvas art is to make with your kids.

Monotone canvas crafts

Monotone canvas craft

The new trend in single-color canvas art is easy to recreate at home with a few simple supplies. Look for words, sayings or even poem lyrics for inspiration and create a DIY canvas that is one of a kind.

What you'll need:

  • blank wrapped canvas
  • wood letters of your choice
  • craft glue
  • single spray paint color

What you'll do:

  1. Decide what your canvas art is going to say and lay out your wood letters on the blank art canvas.
  2. Let your youngster help glue down the letters and allow to dry completely.
  3. Take your canvas outdoors in a well-ventilated area and spray on a single coat of color — and don't forget to spray the sides of the canvas! Allow to dry.
  4. Repeat with a second coat of paint and allow to dry and hang your DIY canvas decor on the wall and beam with pride!

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Painter's tape DIY canvas art

Painter's tape DIY craft

From stars to the alphabet to the message of "LOVE," help your youngster give a gift from the heart with personalized canvas art that holds endless possibilities.

What you'll need:

  • blank wrapped canvas
  • painter's tape
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brush (optional)

What you'll do:

  1. Using the painter's tape, mask off the shape, letters or design of your choice on the art canvas. Keep in mind that the idea is to prevent paint from getting on the space under the tape, so make sure the tape lays flat.
  2. Let your youngster go crazy and paint with a paint brush or her fingers to create her one-of-a-kind canvas artwork; allow to dry completely.
  3. Once your paint has dried, carefully remove the tape to reveal a unique DIY canvas creation, perfect as a personalized gift or keepsake of your own!

DIY vegetable print canvas decor

DIY vegetable print canvas

There's no art more organic than canvas decor made from fruits and vegetables, so don't stop at celery! You can also create these DIY canvas crafts with halved apples, bell pepper slices, potatoes and more.

What you'll need:

  • blank wrapped canvas
  • celery stalk
  • paper plate
  • sponge
  • acrylic paint
  • knife for cutting celery

What you'll do:

  1. Cut your celery stalk three inches from the root. The cut will form the face of your stamp, so be mindful to keep your cut as straight as you can.
  2. Place a sponge in the middle of a paper plate and add a glob of paint to the top of your sponge to create a homemade stamp pad.
  3. Using the cut base of the stalk, press your celery "stamp" onto your sponge "stamp pad" and let your youngster stamp flower-like patterns on the canvas and allow to dry completely before hanging.
  4. Discard the celery "stamp" — do not eat!
  5. Tip: Practice stamping on a piece of paper before putting celery to canvas to get a feel for how much paint you'll need for the perfect pattern.

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Scrapbook paper canvas art

Scrapbook paper canvas craft

The beauty of DIY canvas crafts is that they're easy on the pocketbook and can be changed out as often as you change your mood! With a value pack of blank art canvases and your favorite scrapbook paper, you will be ready to welcome spring without breaking your budget.

What you'll need:

  • blank wrapped canvas
  • scrapbook paper larger than your canvas dimensions
  • Mod Podge
  • paint brush
  • scissors

What you'll do:

  1. Have your child paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the front of your art canvas; be careful not to add too much or your paper will wrinkle.
  2. With the design side down, place your scrapbook paper on a hard, flat surface and place the wet side of your canvas faced down on the back of your scrapbook paper.
  3. Smooth out the paper by rubbing the back side of the canvas. Then, flip your canvas paper side up and smooth out any wrinkles trying to sneak onto your masterpiece.
  4. Turn your project back over to reveal the back side of your canvas again and snip out a square from each corner of your paper for a cleaner wrap.
  5. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the exposed backs of the scrapbook paper and roll canvas up and over each flap to help reduce paper wrinkles. Smooth any crinkles along the edges of your canvas. Allow 1-2 hours to dry to reduce likelihood that your paper will wrinkle or crease when the top coat is applied.
  6. Once your art is dry, apply a thin to medium coat of Mod Podge to the front and sides of your scrapbook paper to give it texture. Allow to dry and your oh-so-simple canvas art is ready to hang!
Image credit: Michelle Maffei

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