March 26, 2010

5$ Canvas Art

I was at TJ Maxx the other day and found these really fun placemats. I had no idea what to use them for but knew they could be SOMETHING.

So I grabbed them. They were a set of four for 3.50.

Well I've been looking for easy, cheap ways to put some finishing touches on my living room (where my blue TV table went) and had an IDEA.

Here's what one of those fun placemats ended up helping me make:

So easy! So perfect!

So here goes:

I used:
*canvas (I got for a dollar at Big Lots)
*1 Placemat
*Spraypaint (Mediterrean and Copper)

Here's the placemat-- isn't it fun?

First I painted the canvas with my favorite Mediterrean Blue

After that dried, I merely laid the placemat over it... be careful to NOT bump it while spraying or your pattern will get messed up.

I sprayed a couple light coats of the copper, being careful it got into each opening. I was afraid the paint would leak under the placemat but it didn't!

I pulled it carefully off and...

Isn't that unbelievably easy?

People ask me if I painted it...

and I did... well sort of. :)

I pooled some of the copper spraypaint and mixed it with brown acrylic paint to paint the sides.

I made sure to let some of the paint on the edge come a little onto the front. It makes it pop more that way.
After that dried, I took a piece of sandpaper and distressed the entire thing.

The finished result once more:

I love how it turned out.

Easy, cheap and beautiful. Gotta love that!

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**This project was featured on One Crafty Mommy's blog! Check it out to see tons of fun ideas!**



  1. Well now - isn't that a clever idea!! Looks fabulous! Here from Friend Friday

  2. Super cute! Great idea. I probably would have just glued the placemat to the canvas. LOL! I found you at The Girl Creative for New Friend Friday! Have a great weekend!!!

  3. I totally L-O-V-E that! What a great piece of art! I wish I had one of those place mats not!

  4. That is an awesome idea. I love the way it came out:) I found you through "9 o'clock Dance of Joy" blog. And noticed that you said your son is having a "puppy party". The funny thing is, my daughter is having a puppy party too in a couple of weeks and I was just wondering if you had any great ideas to share with me:) I am not really sure what I am doing yet. I did make some goody bags with my Cricut and I am going to make "Doggy Bones" cookies and put them in it. If you have any great ideas you would like to share with me it would be great:) My email is:
    Pauline at Tinkertoys dot net


  5. This is so creative and cute! I found you through new friend friday and will be following your blog :


  6. that looks great, and reminds me of my diy art. i used the same brown/blue color combo for my living room wall canvases.

  7. Wow this is so creative!!! Thanks for linking up this week!!

  8. this is so creative - love how it turned out! here from CSI.


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