Crafts & DIY

Beautiful DIY Canvas Art With Kids: LOVE in 4 Easy Steps 

DIY Canvas Art

it’s been two and a half years and I’m still taking my sweet time to decorate Little Z’s room. I know, I know. But today we worked on a DIY canvas art piece for her love and inspiration wall. Zoe enjoys all things paint, spelling and words so this was the perfect activity to combine all three. She had fun and we had a toddler preschool lesson along the way. 

DIY Canvas Art Love

I’m obsessed with the word LOVE. I’ve always loved the word LOVE (see what I did there?) Any strong relationship has love as a main component. Now that I’m a mom of three, love has taken on a whole new meaning. When Little Z says “I love you mommy” it simply melts my heart. Nothing like love from your little one to make you feel better, appreciated, complete. 

Z’s photo wall will have pieces we purchased at Marshalls, Hobby Lobby and Home Goods. But to add something special, I decided to let her do some pieces. We also have a lovely watercolor balloon painted by our lady in art inspiration Beatrice Clay. That’s it above. Isn’t is just darling? I can’t wait to order one for Baby E’s room. 

What you need to make your own Canvas Word Art

DIY Canvas Art Love


  • A word or saying you LOVE
  • Canvas 
  • Stencils 
  • Colored Pencils 
  • Duct Tape
  • Paint & Brushes 


  • Choose your word or saying 
  • Stencil the words on to canvas with pencils in the same color as the paint you will use
  • Use duct tape to cover each letter

DIY Canvas Art with kids

  • Paint the canvas in the color(s) of your choice

DIY Canvas Art with Kids

  • Allow to air dry. We did overnight to be on the safe side since toddler hands are heavy and some areas had a lot of paint. 

DIY Canvas Art with Kids

  • Peel off duct tape

DIY Canvas Art with Kids

  • Hang and enjoy. Don’t worry about perfection. Anything your little darling creates is perfection. 

DIY Canvas Art with KidsWhat word or phrase would you choose for a DIY canvas art piece? Pick something and then create your own masterpiece. 


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  • Reply
    Jennifer Kennedy
    June 25, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Such a cute and fun activity!!! I purchased a canvas and spray paint years ago with the idea of doing my own wall art. But, I actually never started the project.

    This gives me inspiration to take some time for myself and make art happen. Thank you!!

    • Reply
      M J
      July 3, 2015 at 8:36 AM

      Thanks Jennifer. OMG, you totally have to make your art. Please do it and then share pics. I want to see.

  • Reply
    June 26, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Now, if I was at all crafty, I would totally try this. I love the word Love too. And look at Miss Z!

    • Reply
      M J
      July 3, 2015 at 8:35 AM

      I love crafts even though I am not very crafty. I am sure you son will enjoy this. Little Z is in her element when it comes to painting. I LOVE it!

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        January 9, 2016 at 2:57 PM

        My 3.5 yer old is always the happiest when i’m crafting and she’s trying to ‘HELP’ 😉
        This would really be a perfect CRAFT for LO!

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          M J
          January 10, 2016 at 11:03 PM

          Megan definitely do this with your daughter. My Z was 2 years old when we did this one. She really loved it. We craft every few days and she has the best time. What types of crafts do you do?

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    Angel Thompson
    June 29, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Awesome! Sophisticated enough for wall display. Easy enough for a preschooler. My kind of craft! And, oh yeah, I love the word “love” too!

    • Reply
      M J
      July 3, 2015 at 8:34 AM

      Thanks Angel. I can’t wait to finish her room so I can sit back and admire her work. LOVE!

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    Alex from Sew, Simmer, and Share
    July 2, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    The LOVE pictures turned out so cute, what a great way to let her help decorate her room! Plus I love your daughter’s little pink smock!

    • Reply
      M J
      July 3, 2015 at 8:32 AM

      Thanks Alex. So much fun with this little one. She really loves art.
      Is there a Dollar Tree near you? If so, you can find the smock there. A $1 treasure!

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    Kimberly Sessions
    July 8, 2015 at 12:26 AM

    Such a great idea! I’m definitely going to try this with TJ!

    • Reply
      M J
      July 8, 2015 at 5:56 PM

      Yes do it. He will love it!

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    michele soyer
    August 30, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Even though I am terrible at art I believe I could do this with my grandson.. thank you

    • Reply
      M J
      August 30, 2016 at 11:59 AM

      This was so easy Michele. Do it. You will both love it. Share your finished product with me. Have fun!

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    August 11, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    This is amazing! How old are your kids?

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      M J
      August 11, 2019 at 3:09 PM

      Thank you. They are 4 and 6 now.

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