How to make DIY canvas letter art for kids

DIY easy & colorful art project for the kiddos

Looking for a fun crafty art project idea that both you and your kids will love? DIY canvas letter art for kids is super fun, easy, and something you both will want to hang on the wall.

DIY craft kit for canvas letter art for kids. 8"x10" white canvas, teal container of paint, pink container of paint, black 1/2" foam sponge brush with wood handle, blue single use paintbrush, sample size container of tacky glue, white letter A from cardstock. Also pictured are kids crafting in a craft studio, kids finished art work of the letter M with embellishments of buttons and rhinestones, scattered assorted colors of rhinestones and buttons. Pallet style wood background

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This craft is one that has been a big hit over the years at my girl’s craft-themed birthday parties, a project to do when on rainy days when friends are over, and just for fun when they are bored and need a creative outlet.

What supplies and materials are needed for this personalized letter artwork?

DIY canvas letter art for kids

How to make DIY canvas letter art for kids at home. An easy guide to fun art at home with your kiddos.
Total Time30 mins
Cost: $

Materials

Instructions

  • CUT LETTER FROM CARDSTOCK- To make things super easy you can cut out a cardstock letter using your Cricut or another cutting machine. If you don't have one of these you can free-hand a letter OR print one off from your computer then cut it out with scissors.
  • PAINT THE CANVAS BACKGROUND- Next, have your child choose a color and then paint the background. Then let the canvas dry completely.
  • TRACE LETTER ON THE CANVAS- Once the painted canvas is dry, use a pencil and trace the letter onto the canvas. We left a little room so we could freehand paint her name under her personalized letter.
  • PAINT THE OUTLINED LETTER- This step isn't a must BUT it does make the letter pop more. A contrasting color looks great but also white or black looks good too. It whatever your child's personal preference is.
  • ADD EMBELLISHMENTS – Using tacky glue, glue the embellishments onto the letter part of the canvas. This is so fun! We used assorted sizes and colors of rhinestones and buttons.
  • SPRINKLE WITH GLITTER- Does your kiddo love glitter? While the glue on their letter canvas is still wet have them sprinkle glitter over the embellished letter.
  • DRY- After your child's work of art is dry you can hang it on the wall to admire.
craft supplies needed for kids to make personalized letter art: 8"x10" canvas, teal acrylic paint, pink acrylic paint, extra fine glitter, assorted colorful buttons and rhinestones, trial size container of tacky glue, single use plastic paintbrush, 1/2" black foam sponge brush, cardstock letter A cutout. Craft supplies are sitting on a pallet plank wood backdrop.

EASY CANVAS ART FOR KIDS

1. CUT LETTER FROM CARDSTOCK

To make things super easy you can cut out a cardstock letter using your Cricut or another cutting machine. If you don’t have one of these you can free-hand a letter OR print one off from your computer then cut it out with scissors.

Be sure you letter size does not exceed your 8″x10″ sized canvas. A great size would be 7″tall x4-5″ wide, depending on the letter.

2. PAINT THE CANVAS BACKGROUND

Next, have your child choose a color and then paint the background. Then let the canvas dry completely.

3. TRACE LETTER ON THE CANVAS

Once the painted canvas is dry, use a pencil and trace the letter onto the canvas. We left a little room so we could freehand paint her name under her personalized letter.

4. PAINT THE OUTLINED LETTER

This step isn’t a must BUT it does make the letter pop more. A contrasting color looks great but also white or black looks good too. It whatever your child’s personal preference is.

smiling little girl painting an 8"x10" canvas pink. There is a painted letter J in the middle of the canvas. On the craft table there is a roll of paper towels and assorted craft supplies for kids canvas art painting.

5. ADD EMBELLISHMENTS

Using tacky glue, glue the embellishments onto the letter part of the canvas. This is so fun! We used assorted sizes and colors of rhinestones and buttons.

Little girl wearing a pink shirt and black apron making canvas letter art. She is gluing assorted colorful buttons and rhinestones to the letter W that is on a purple painted 8"x10" canvas. There are assorted craft supplies at this craft themed child's birthday party.

GLUE APPLYING TIPS:

  • apply glue with a paintbrush, cotton swab, or small popsicle stick
  • apply glue directly to embellishments or to small areas of the canvas letter at a time
  • tacky, Elmer’s or mod podge will work for application but not a glue stick

6. SPRINKLE WITH GLITTER

Does your kiddo love glitter? While the glue on their letter canvas is still wet have them sprinkle glitter over the embellished letter.

7. DRY

After your child’s work of art is dry you can hang it on the wall to admire.

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I hope you enjoyed this DIY canvas letter art for kids craft tutorial. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.

Little girl making DIY canvas letter art for kids. Canvas is painted in pink. Letter M finished kid's art project embellished with assorted rhinestones and buttons. The name Millie is painted on the bottom of the 8"x10" canvas

Happy Crafting!

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