DIY “Be-you-tiful” Heart Canvas

DIY Be-you-tiful Canvas

Hey everyone! Hope you all had an awesome weekend! Last week was the first full week I’ve worked in two weeks, so to say I was ecstatic when the weekend rolled around would be an understatement. I was able to accomplish so much and although I’d love to have a 2 week vacation re-do, I’m ready to get back in the full swing of things again.

One of the many things I was able to do over the weekend was create this adorable canvas. I don’t know about you all, but I love looking at all of the cute and girly inspirational canvases they have in stores these days.

Unfortunately, I’m not willing to pay $30 or more for something that I can easily create myself for a fraction of the price. I purchased some blank canvases awhile back to spruce up my bedroom walls, and I knew that I wanted to create something cute and girly, with an inspiring quote on it.

I chose to go with a classic look with black and white stripes, added in a bright pink and gold heart, and chose the phrase “Be-You-tiful”. I’ve always really liked the phrase, as it’s a reminder to be yourself and know that you are beautiful no matter what. I’m definitely one of those people who likes to hang the inspirational quotes on the walls around me, so I’m excited to hang this one above the mirror in my bedroom.

Let’s Get Started!

DIY Beyoutiful Canvas

Supplies Used:

  • 12″x 16″ Canvas ($1.59, Wal-mart)
  • Foam Brushes ($0.97, Wal-mart)
  • Paint Brushes ($0.97, Wal-mart)
  • Painters Tape ($1.98, Wal-mart)
  • Clear Tape ($0.97, Wal-mart)
  • Acrylic Paint in Gold, Pink, and Black ($1.50 @ 50 cents each, Wal-mart)

Total Cost=$7.98

Step 1: Apply painters tape to canvas, ensuring lines are straight and evenly spaced.

DIY Be-you-tiful Canvas

Ensure the tape covers the sides as well, as you will also be painting this part.

DIY Be-you-tiful Canvas

Step 2: Using a small foam brush, begin painting the non-taped sections on the canvas black.

DIY Be-you-tiful Canvas

As the paint dries, re-apply the black paint as needed on white areas that show through.

DIY Be-you-tiful Canvas


Step 3: Once paint has dried, carefully remove painters tape. Any bleeding spots can be fixed at this point with a little white paint.

DIY Be-you-tiful Canvas

Step 4: Print and carefully cut out this Large Heart Template and this Small Heart Template template. Tape the edges of the cut-outs, as these will be your stencils for painting.

DIY Be-you-tiful Canvas

Step 5: Tape the large heart cut-out towards the center of the canvas using clear tape. Tape the corners and the edges around the heart.

DIY Be-you-tiful Canvas

Step 6: Using the “Pink Diva” acrylic paint and foam brush, begin painting in the large heart. While painting, firmly press down on the stencil to prevent bleeding.

DIY Be-you-tiful Canvas

Apply 5-6 coats to ensure none of the black striping shows through. Allow each coat to fully dry before applying the next coat, and if desired, use a blow dryer on the cool setting to quicken drying process.

DIY Be-you-tiful Canvas

Step 7: Once the pink heart has fully dried, tape the small heart stencil on the canvas in desired location. Carefully apply 2 coats of gold paint using small foam brush. Once dry, remove stencil.

DIY Be-you-tiful Canvas


Step 8: Using a small writing paint brush, carefully paint on “Be-you-tiful” with black. If you are not comfortable free-handing the lettering, you could also use stencils.

DIY Be-you-tiful Canvas

Finished Product

DIY Be-you-tiful Canvas

I really love the way it turned out, and I think the black and white looks great with the pop of pink and gold colors. This really is a simple project and you can easily switch up the colors and wording to create your own personalized canvas.

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and I hope your Monday is off to a great start!

Thanks for stopping by and remember to stay be-you-tiful!- Cara

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  5. This is adorable! I love how it turned out. I’m with you–why spend money when it’s something you can make yourself πŸ™‚ (If it’s easy enough, I’m game!)

  6. That is so cute!! Would love to make one of those for Harpers room!! She’s going to need a new big girl room soon so will need some new decor!

  7. So, so cute and crafty! I love canvases and some can be so expensive! Good job!
    xo, Lily

  8. it’s unreal how easy it is to make your own canvas for just a couple of dollars.

    i wanted a canvas for my craft room that said “but first, coffee” and every canvas i saw online or in store was over $50. HELL TO THE NO.

    instead, i did it myself and it only cost me $3 – $2 for the large canvas and $1 for the set of foam brushes. i already had painters tape and jacked my daughter’s glitter paint LOL.

    1. Exactly! It’s crazy to pay so much when it literally takes just a couple of hours and a little bit of creativity/craftiness to make your own.

  9. That came out really cute. I totally agree much more affordable to do it yourself and it comes out how you want it.

  10. Very cute! I did something similar last year (or maybe it was the year before). I did black and white stripes and I used red buttons for the heart. It’s cute, but wow was it a pain to glue on all the buttons, haha. I love yours! Adding the smaller metallic heart was a nice touch!

    1. Oh that sounds so cute! I’ve always wondered if the crafts with buttons were tedious-haha & thank-you!

  11. Oh I love this!! I saw something similar at Hobby Lobby and was like psh I can make that.. but of course haven’t done it yet =) This reminds me! I love how yours came out

  12. Oh my goodness!!! I LOVE THIS!! What a cute idea and one I could do with my girls too! Thanks for sharing this!

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