My mom and I are the craft teachers for our church’s Vacation Church School, and so it’s our job to find and come up with all of the crafts for the kids. Though I love how unique the crafts from all of the kids turn out, I personally love coming up with crafts for the older classes; they’re usually crafts that I get to make for my own home!
Last year I had the girls make their own wall hangings. The letters on the hangings were their choice but for the example I made, I used the word ‘JOY’. I plan on making more for my home eventually, most likely LOVE, FAITH, and PEACE, or even all of the Fruits of the Spirit (though some would take quite a bit of time and supplies since they’re a bit longer). I think this would be fun to do for a nursery as well and doing the baby’s name. Oh, the possibilities!
So here’s what you’ll need:
-5’x7′ canvas (one per letter of your word) I used flat canvas and purchased it cheap in a value pack, you may prefer different.
-a few sheets of scrapbook paper (enough to cover your canvases)
-a package (or 2) of sequins in your desired color
-a spool of ribbon (long enough to go around your canvases)
Here’s how to make it:
Cut the scrapbook paper to the size of your canvas. (Since the canvas isn’t exact to the size it says, I flipped it over and traced onto the backside of the scrapbook paper).
Apply glue to the canvas and use your finger to smooth it over the entire surface of the canvas, being sure there are no globs.
Carefully lay the scrapbook paper you’ve cut onto the canvas- being sure it covers the canvas- and smooth it out.
Next you’ll want to lightly trace your letter onto the paper with a pencil (unless you’re brave and want to skip this step). I used a ruler to measure and make sure it was centered and that each letter had the same amount of space on either side. You do it how you feel comfortable though. 🙂
Trace the letter with glue, then start applying sequins. You’ll want to do two layers of sequins so they’ll stand out better.
(You’ll see in the above picture that I didn’t think when I did the second layer on the ‘O’ and I did it on the outside rather than the inside. This messed up the entire thing because there wasn’t room for the ribbon to go around the outside without it touching the letter. Thankfully I figured out how to make it work, but word to the wise: Make sure you know your spacing before you do your second layer, and do them the same on all canvases.)
Next, cut your ribbons to the proper size for each side of the canvas. Put a thin line of glue along the edge of one side of the canvas, then apply the ribbon starting at one end, smoothing it down as you go.
I wanted to hang mine with something pretty, so I used the ribbon and made a bow to hang it with. Just cut a long piece for each canvas, tie a bow in the middle, then cut the ends to the length you want it to hang. Put a small dab of glue on each corner of each canvas and apply the ribbon.