Canvases aren't just for paint! That's right; we're showing you some creative ways to turn a blank canvas into art using buttons, thread, Mod Podge ... and paint too!
The best part about these crafts is that you don't have to be born an artist to create your own work of art worthy of displaying with pride in your home. Bonus: All of these projects can be done super cheaply, using a regular, budget-priced canvas from Walmart!
1. Button art (h/t Crafts by Amanda)
Add a vibrant pop of color to your home with this stunning piece of button art. We think this would look especially cute in a nursery!
2. Alcohol-ink painting
Have you ever used alcohol inks? If you haven't, it's time to give them a try. They're even prettier than watercolors, and anyone can use them to make all sorts of beautiful and colorful paintings. Get the full tutorial here.
3. DIY embroidered canvas
Canvas makes a great material to embroider, yet we usually think of it as a paint-only zone. This project is so creative; it makes us want to get out our needles ASAP!
4. DIY photo canvas
Did you know you can make your own photo canvas?! That's right; the next time you take a photo you want to put on display, you don't need to send it in or pay big bucks!
5. String-art on canvas
String art is a cute and simple way to create a piece of art that doesn't require much artistic talent. Typically, string art involves wood, nails, and a hammer, but with this simple string art DIY project, no hammer is necessary because the string art is done on canvas. Get the full tutorial here.
6. Hand-lettered map
If paint is not your favorite medium to work with, this project will make you do a happy dance! All you need is a canvas, a map, a permanent marker and — you guessed it — Mod Podge. Check out the full tutorial here.
7. White on white
For all the minimalists out there, this project is for you! Instead of plastering it in color, embrace the blank canvas and make a simple white design with puffy paint. The texture is super interesting and will make all your guests do a double take to get a closer look.
8. Grafitti string art
If the project above (No. 7) makes you yawn, we think this tutorial might be a little more up your alley. Simply secure some strings to the canvas in any design you desire, and spray away! It can be temping to get carried away with color, but too much can make the final result look muddy, so use restraint.
9. Hand-lettered watercolor canvas
If you're digging the watercolor trend, this tutorial will guide you through the steps to make your own hand-lettered canvas that rivals the expensive boutique variety.
10. Mini vintage-inspired photo canvases
We love the idea of keeping things small with this tutorial. Whether you don't have the space and just want a little something small to add to your mantle or you want a super-unique gift for bridesmaids or family members, this is a super-fun way to put your creativity to work! Get the full tutorial here.