I didn’t want to carve our initials into a real tree, so I decided to imitate the look with decoupage! Use Mod Podge to create this faux tree carving canvas.
I’ve told you many times that I have a forestry degree – I love trees and I love nature. For that and many other reasons, I also love stuff that has a woodgrain pattern.
I thought about wood carvings recently, and how I like the thought, but I just don’t have it in my heart to take a knife to a tree. So I came up with a way to get the look without going a cuttin’.
This faux tree carving is a gift that you could give your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day, and put the date you met/anniversary date/any other significant event on it. Pick any colors you want to customize. Here’s how I made my faux wood carved canvas.
Tree Carving Canvas
Gather These Supplies
- 8” x 10” oval canvas
- Mod Podge Satin
- Martha Stewart Crafts paint – Porcelain Doll
- FolkArt Extreme Glitter – Hologram
- Scrapbook paper – woodgrain pattern
- Cardstock – coordinating colors; I used aqua and teal
- Die cutter or other tool for cutting the letters and numbers
- Ribbon – coordinating
- Hot glue gun
Place your canvas face down on the back of the woodgrain paper and trace. Cut out using scissors.
Add a coat of Mod Podge to the front of the canvas and let dry.
Paint the wood heart with Porcelain Doll and let dry. Then paint it with two coats of Hologram Extreme Glitter and let dry – you need sparkle, right?
Decide which letters and date you are going to on the front of the canvas – you can use the date of your first date, your marriage date or any other special day.
Cut letters out of the cardstock using stencils or a die cutter. If you don’t have a die cutter like me, then just print letters off of the computer or use free clip art as templates.
Mod Podge your letters to the front of the canvas (I measured using the ruler just to make sure I was centered).
Attach ribbon around the edge of the canvas using hot glue.
Give the front of the canvas a final coat of Mod Podge, and then glue the heart onto the front as well.
You can hang or display your faux tree carving canvas on a stand . . . whatever you like!
If you enjoyed this canvas idea, I’d love for you to check out these other projects: