How to Make Christmas Canvas Art (Fun Family Christmas Craft)

75 AMAZING fall family activities! I made a list of all the fall family activities that teach kids that I wanted to do this year. And while I know we won't get to all of these, I love having a master list of amazing fall family activities to choose from! There's everything from crafts, classroom activities, apple crafts/recipes, pumpkin crafts/recipes and outdoor fun.

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Christmas Canvas Art

You’ll Need:

 

Instructions:

1) Decoupage.

Rip pieces of book pages into random shapes and, using a foam brush dipped in Mod Podge, decoupage them onto your canvas(es).

P.S. “Decoupage” is just a fancy way of glueing paper to a flat surface. Using the foam brush, spread some Mod Podge on the canvas, and then stick pieces of paper on top. Brush more Mod Podge on top of that. That’s all decoupaging is!

I try to start in one corner and work my way out, being careful to cover all the white areas with paper. I also try to line the flat sides of the paper up with the edge of the canvas so that the paper doesn’t extend over the edge.

Using a hairdryer, blow dry the canvas on a cool setting and it will be dry in no time!

P.S. Evidently we had so much fun doing decoupaging and blowdrying while we were making ours (um… it really is soothing and calming?) we didn’t take any photos of the process. I blame the Christmas music and abundance of candy canes in the room.

But you can kind of see the decoupaged canvas in this picture (meant to highlight the vinyl letters, which come next).

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2) Add the Vinyl Letters.

A few tips:

First, be mindful of how you need to space the letters in order for them to look right. For example, I decided to have the words run flush with the right side of the canvas, so I placed the letters on the edge of the canvas first and worked my way back in. In this case, that meant I placed the “Y”,  then the “O” and then the “J” of the word “JOY.” That way I didn’t have to worry about the spacing being off.

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Second, it’s best to make sure that the letters from the other lines are lined up with each other too. So when I got to the next word on the following line, I worked backwards again, but also made sure that my “E” from “THE” and my “D” from “WORLD” lined up with the “Y” in “JOY.”

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Third, run your finger over all the letters to make sure that they are sealed firmly to the canvas. This is critical in order to minimize the amount of paint bleed onto the letters later. And speaking of paint…

 

3)  Paint.

Next we covered the decoupaged canvases with acrylic paint. LOTS of paint! I like using a dry-brush technique here, leaving it all kind of rough and bumpy looking (the decoupaged paper will help create this effect).

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4) Peel.

I love this part! Now you get to peel back those letters and see the results of all your hard work! Peel slowly, being careful not to rip the paper underneath.

 

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When you’re all done, it will look like this!

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Cool, huh?!

5) Embellish.

Next, simply use markers and glitter glue (if desired) to outline the words. We outlined first in black marker (to give it definition) and then used a red marker to give kind of a messy outline that would add a splash of color.

Love this way to create unique wall art with the kids (that you'll actually want to hang). These are Christmas-themed and super easy--bonus! Great Christmas craft and art project to do with my kids. Christmas Mixed Media Canvas from VibrantHomeschooling.com

 

Then we traced the letters with silver glitter glue. We made it light and sketchy, not worrying too much about staying on the lines. You can see that I also added a few black and red lines around the edge of the canvas just to give it texture.

Love this way to create unique wall art with the kids (that you'll actually want to hang). These are Christmas-themed and super easy--bonus! Great Christmas craft and art project to do with my kids. Christmas Mixed Media Canvas from VibrantHomeschooling.com

And last, I cut a few holly leaves from green Christmas patterned paper from a pack like this, decoupaged them on, and then outlined the shape. I also added red berry shapes and used the markers to accent to give it a final touch.

Love this way to create unique wall art with the kids (that you'll actually want to hang). These are Christmas-themed and super easy--bonus! Great Christmas craft and art project to do with my kids. Christmas Mixed Media Canvas from VibrantHomeschooling.com

 

That’s it! Your beautiful canvas is done! Easy peasy.

Love this way to create unique wall art with the kids (that you'll actually want to hang). These are Christmas-themed and super easy--bonus! Great Christmas craft and art project to do with my kids. Christmas Mixed Media Canvas from VibrantHomeschooling.com

 

Here are three other designs that you can make using these techniques. Or, create your own!

Love this way to create unique wall art with the kids (that you'll actually want to hang). These are Christmas-themed and super easy--bonus! Great Christmas craft and art project to do with my kids. Christmas Mixed Media Canvas from VibrantHomeschooling.com

Love this way to create unique wall art with the kids (that you'll actually want to hang). These are Christmas-themed and super easy--bonus! Great Christmas craft and art project to do with my kids. Christmas Mixed Media Canvas from VibrantHomeschooling.com

Love this way to create unique wall art with the kids (that you'll actually want to hang). These are Christmas-themed and super easy--bonus! Great Christmas craft and art project to do with my kids. Christmas Mixed Media Canvas from VibrantHomeschooling.com

The shapes in each picture are simply cut pieces of scrapbooking paper.

Then I wrote a word on a piece of paper that I thought exemplified each picture and decoupaged that on too.

Don’t they look pretty displayed together?

Love this way to create unique wall art with the kids (that you'll actually want to hang). These are Christmas-themed and super easy--bonus! Great Christmas craft and art project to do with my kids. Christmas Mixed Media Canvas from VibrantHomeschooling.com

If you enjoy making faith-based Christmas projects like these with your family, you’ve got to check out the new Christ-Centered Christmas Family Traditions System!

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This is a wonderful collection of resources that help your family celebrate the true meaning of Christmas through simple, Bible-focused activities and beautiful DIY home decor.

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The Christ-Centered Christmas Family Traditions System includes:

  • 30 Day Christmas Countdown Bible Study
  • 30 Christmas Random Acts of Kindness Activities
  • Scripture Response Tools, such as Bible Memory Cards
  • Faith-Based Kids Christmas Ornaments and Coloring Pages
  • 8 x 10 and 5 x 5 Christmas Home Decor Printables
  • Faith-Based Christmas Banner
  • “Birthday Gift to Jesus” Christmas Morning Activity

and so much more!

Go here to get your copy and help your family experience the Christ-focused Christmas you’ve been longing for!

 

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As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging women, married couples and families with practical tips for growing closer to God during holidays like Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving. Alicia is the owner/editor of both ChristCenteredHolidays.com and YourVibrantFamily.com; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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