DIY Christmas JOY canvas with sparkle letters

DIY Christmas JOY canvas with sparkle lettersI don’t typically do “sparkly stuff” in my daily life, but there is something about the holidays that just brings the glitter right out of me! Or the Mod Podge Extreme Glitter technically, since that is what I have in my stash. I just think the holidays are a perfect time for bling, and I know a lot of you agree with me. This project started with the Christmas fabric I had leftover from my Mod Podge Rocks book, and a canvas I found sitting against the wall (who knows where it came from). I added a few other elements and it gave me some quick Christmas decor. You can customize this any way you want to, and I’d start with fabric that you love. Here’s how you do it.

Gather These Supplies

IMG_2380Prepare your fabric for Mod Podging to the canvas. Do this by putting the fabric down on a non-stick surface like wax paper and painting a thin layer of Mod Podge on the top. The reason is because this will make your fabric easier to cut and Mod Podge down. I used Mod Podge Matte because I just wanted my letters to be sparkly, not the whole canvas (too much I think, maybe?).

IMG_2393Now adhere the fabric to the canvas. Starting from the center, add a medium layer of Mod Podge to the canvas. Lay down your fabric and smooth to the outer edges. I recommend starting from the center, working on one side and then the other. Make sure to add enough Mod Podge to keep the fabric attached. It’s okay if some Mod Podge comes through the fabric.

IMG_2394 Turn the canvas over and smooth from the inside to make sure that the fabric is fully adhered.

IMG_2386 While your canvas is drying, paint your letters with the FolkArt color of your choice. I painted mine with Pure Black (a dark color will show the glitter better). But you can pick any color.

IMG_2392 Paint your letters with several coats of Mod Podge Extreme Glitter. This stuff is REALLY glittery. Adjust the # of coats to your own personal sparkle preference.

IMG_2415Head back to the canvas and put a layer of Mod Podge over the front, just to even it out and seal it.

IMG_2399So how do you deal with the edges? Start on one side, Mod Podge down and continue all the way around the canvas until complete. I cut flaps as you can see. Let dry.

IMG_2414I trimmed the excess fabric off of the canvas using my craft knife, because that is easiest for me. To finish, glue your wood letters down to the top of the canvas with a strong craft glue. Let dry for 24 hours before hanging.

DIY Christmas JOY canvas with sparkle lettersIt’s blingtastic! The sparkle is even more awesome than you could imagine – I can’t wait for you to try it yourself and see it in person. Happy Holidays!