How to Paint a Canvas Using Painter’s Tape and an X-Acto Blade

September 5, 2012 | by Jocie (email) |

After organizing our kid crafts and learning materials last week, I went on a mission to decorate and craft with the kids. We had a blast, and now Izzie is a straight-up craft addict now. On friday, we did three crafts plus preschool work and she was begging for more. Who could blame her, though? Crafting rocks! ๐Ÿ™‚

With all the decorating and crafting I did with Izzie last week, the next week or two will be dedicated to kid-friendly crafts you can do with your kids. Feel free to write in with your own ideas or additions – we love to hear from our readers and feature your works too!

First up is one of the three canvases Izzie and I painted together. They turned out so beautiful and bring color and FUN to our dining room.

You may have seen ideas like this on Pinterest. It’s a fairly simple concept – use blue painter’s tape on a canvas and let your kids go to town with paint.

I love this idea and thought Izzie would love it too!

All the pictures I have seen have used plain tape, creating hard, straight letters (since tape doesn’t curve).

I decided to change it up a little and blue tape first my X-acto self-healing mat in a 4×5″ area. I probably could have made them a bit bigger, maybe 5×6″.

Btw, I love my self-healing mat, and if you don’t have one, you should buy one or check out our reader rewards program. You can currently get a PINK mat and blade for free by reading and commenting on posts on our site! You can also get free tools, gift cards and more. ๐Ÿ™‚

I chose to spell out “love” but it would have also been fun to spell out the girl’s names or other meaningful terms like family, fun, faith, friends, the seasons, holidays….really, anything.

Once the tape was in place on the mat, I used my X-acto blade to cut out the letters.

It was soooo easy and quick! It allowed me to make the letters plain, curvy, or ornate – whatever ย wanted! Way more flexible than just putting paint directly on the canvas.

After you cut the letter on the mat, remove them carefully and place them on the canvas. Press down firmly to make sure the paint won’t bleed under the tape. You can even prime the tape with white paint or whatever color is beneath the tape to prevent bleeding.

Tip: I used to look at Goodwill for canvases to repurpose because they can get pretty pricey when bought new. Then I discovered Hobby Lobby canvases! Two 16×20″ canvases for $7.99! That is crazy cheap. That isn’t even a sale. Use your 40% coupon pulled up on your phone in the store and you only pay $4.79 for two…that’s about $2.40 each!

Then, PAINT PAINT PAINT! Izzie had a blast feeling like a big girl, getting to paint a big canvas like Mommy.

I did use acrylics, not washable paint, so she painted in the kitchen on the ceramic tile and wore an apron. Once acrylics dry, they will not come out of clothes, so don’t let your kids paint in anything you care about. ๐Ÿ™‚

When the paint is soft – not runny wet, but not dry – pull up the tape. Go very slow!

Once dry, hang and admire. As always, I used my handy, dandy 3M command strips. I seriously love them. Ethan does too because he really hates putting holes in the wall (because he hates spackling and painting even more, haha).

Izzie was soooo proud of herself when I hung up her canvas. I was too!

What do you think? Any guesses on my next kid canvas?

As Always, thanks for reading!

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12 Responses
  1. paintergal says:

    Clever idea! And how sweet that your little one got to help in decorating your home. That’s a memory she (and you!) will treasure.
    I’m thinking of using a Command hook to hang a wreath on my new front door. Think it will work with the outside elements?

    • Jocie says:

      I use Command hooks for everything and they have stood up to a lot. My vote would be give it a try – it couldn’t hurt. Let me know how it goes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Love the idea to do with kids. Our first one is on the way in a few months, I’ll have to squirrel this away for a couple years.

    I have to admit the title of this post makes me want to take my skateboard and grab onto the backs of cars…

    • Jocie says:

      Lol! that totally made my day.
      CONGRATS, Jeff!!!!!!! when is your wife due? boy? girl? surprise? please keep us updated!

      • Due February. We’re going for surprise. Excited yet nervous at the same time. I never realized the gamut of emotions that emerge concurrently when having offspring. It’s the weirdest thing.

        • Jocie says:

          That is so exciting. Our oldest was born in February – winter is a great time to be pregnant! ๐Ÿ™‚ We felt similarly – who knew kids could bring about all those feelings?!? ๐Ÿ™‚ Again, congrats!

  3. trebor says:

    Nice project! I think it’s great when parents do crafts with their kids. Quality time like that is priceless. Plus the child has more stake in the final outcome of the project–they get to claim they did it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Ann says:

    This looks really awesome. Can’t wait to try it out.

  5. frazzled5 says:

    I cannot wait to try thiss, my girls will get the biggest kick out of making their own art!

  6. JustME says:

    Wow I love that you make your own sticky letters for this projects Jocie. I have wanted to so a word project like this for quite some time, but everytime I shop for the letters I decide against it since I’m cheap. LOL I can’t help but think of all the letters I’ll waist.

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