Pottery Barn knock-off LOVE canvas

Pottery Barn knock-off LOVE canvasHi, I’m Anna from My Life and Kids, and I’m thrilled to be guest posting with my Pottery Barn knock-off canvas at Mod Podge Rocks!

I had three kids in three years, and whew has my life changed. Just a few years ago I had a great job, a social life, and I lived in the city with my hubby and my dog. Then we had our three kids, I turned 30, we moved to the suburbs, we bought a minivan, and I quit my job. Can I get some mom jeans to go with my new life?

SONY DSCNow I spend my days with two toddlers and a baby, and I spend my naptimes fixing up the neglected house we bought in the suburbs. And in my spare time, I blog about it all at My Life and Kids.

One of my all-time favorite DIY projects is creating wall art with Paper Mod Podge, scrapbook paper and canvas. Today, I’m going to show you how I used these supplies to make a knock-off of this L-O-V-E art from Pottery Barn Kids. Isn’t it so cute?

Pottery Barn LOVE signI started out by using Microsoft Word to spell out LOVE. I printed one letter per piece of paper. And I used Rockwell font, size 750, bold. This was the perfect size for my 16 x 20 canvas.

Fullscreen capture 932011 15051 PMI printed my letters and cut them out. Then I chose my scrapbook paper (in coordinating colors – I decided not to use all the same color like the original from PBK.)

I traced the letters onto the scrapbook paper and cut them out.

SONY DSCI placed my letters onto my canvas to finalize the layout.

Then, one letter at a time, I used a foam craft brush to coat the entire canvas with Mod Podge. Then I decoupaged the back of the letter. I put the letter in place on the canvas, and I painted a layer of decoupage on top of the letter – making sure to seal the edges. I repeated this process for all four letters. Then I gave the entire canvas one final coat of Mod Podge – just for fun.

SONY DSCThen I let it dry (for an hour or so) – and this is my finished product:

Pottery Barn knock-off LOVE canvasI “LOVE” it!

The entire project could have been completed in less than an hour. It took me several days – due to a freak 24-hour power outage, a toddler puking in the car and a baby cutting teeth . . . story of my life!

I used this exact same process for artwork all over my house.

SONY DSCLike this owl in my daughter’s room.

SONY DSCAnd these flowers above my couch.

SONY DSCAnd my kids’ hand prints in the living room.

IMG_6767Oh – and this map of the United States.

I hope you’ll stop by My Life and Kids to read about some of the other projects I’ve done around my house. (This is a great place to start!)

While you’re there, you can also learn my all-time favorite party trick, you can read the letter I wrote to my family – and I’ll tell you why my mom has to use the coffee shop drive through in her hometown.

And if you stop by tomorrow, I’ll show you where I hung my LOVE sign.

Thanks Anna, for guest posting on MPR.  I love your “love” canvas.  I’ve been to the Indianapolis Museum of Art and seen the original sculpture version. It rocked – and so do you!

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  1. Jennifer says

    A great guest post! You are such a busy Mama. I really like your kids hand prints…. an idea I may have to do myself. Thanks again, and I will be checking out your blog!

  2. Jane Wetzel says

    great post and she sounds like such a sweet “mom”…ahhh yes…I remember those days well! Off to look at her blog- tfs this wonderful art since I too LOVE MOD PODGE!

  3. Notyouraveragehomeschoolmom says

    Love your “LOVE” too. Can’t wait for canvas to go on sale at hobby lobby again! I have been wanting a state map for our homeschool room too, not a map “for” school but one for a decoration piece. I wanted one at target, but no way was I gonna pay $50!! I make curtains out of sheets too 😉

  4. Jane says

    Hi Anna I love this idea and want to give it a go. I have never used Mod Podge before. I know there are heaps of versions of it. Which one did you use? Thanks J x

  5. says

    This is adorable! I’m a lover of all things Pottery Barn – and when you can knock it off, it’s even better since it’s more affordable. I’d be thrilled if you’d link up at this week’s Off the Hook!

  6. Andrea says

    Love this project! I recently tried this and had problems with paper wrinkling. How do you avoid wrinkles in your paper? Thanks!