Mod Podge Canvas Projects

Several months ago, I came across a Mod Podge project on Pinterest from My Life and Kids, and have since made several different versions that I will show you today!  

This project is really simple to create, supply cost is minimal, and it gives you a personalized piece with endless possibilities for style, color, and creativity! 

The first two projects are monogram canvases that Maddie gave as birthday gifts recently.  We found out each girl’s room colors and shopped accordingly for scrapbooking paper.
Supplies needed:
Canvas–8×10 or 11×14 are nice sizes (purchase at craft store with coupon)
Scrapbook papers
Scrapbook embellishments (optional…but fun!)
Mod Podge
Mod Podge applicator (sponge brush shown, but use what you prefer!)
Elmer’s Glue
As you will see later in the post, you can create any design you want for this project, but I will walk you through a monogram letter.  

Print out your letter using Microsoft Word and a cute font.  I do not own a Cricut machine, but if you do, by all means, use it to cut out your letter! 
You can see above a few (of many) enlargements I made of the letter “A.”  When it is the perfect size for the canvas you are using, carefully cut the letter out.  This “A” was for an 8×10 canvas.
Turn your scrapbook paper over, front design facing down.  Turn the letter over, also facing down, and lightly tape it to the backside of the paper in for tracing.  
Trace the letter onto the backside of the paper, and carefully cut it out.  
Before securing with Mod Podge, decide on the placement of your letter or other designs on the canvas.

You are now ready to Mod Podge your letter onto the canvas!
 First, Mod Podge the back of the letter, flip it back over, and carefully position the letter where you want it on the canvas.  Mod Podge the entire surface of the canvas and letter.  

For this particular project, I purchased two coordinating papers and cut out a few flowers to scatter around the “A.”
For any additions, like these flowers, Mod Podge the back of each piece, place in the desired position on the canvas, and after each new piece is in place, Mod Podge the entire canvas again. 
Lightly press the letter and other pieces with your fingers to seal the edges.  
You may see bubbles in the paper, as seen above.  No worries!  These will magically disappear as the Mod Podge dries!
Optional…using Elmer’s glue, glue scrapbook embellishments to add a little zing to your project!  (I’ll show you another example of these additions in another project below).
Finished product!  This “A” went to a special neighbor for her birthday from Maddie.
And a fun “S” we made for a friend, Sidney.
All wrapped up for her birthday present.
These Christmas trees are my favorite!  My original post and tutorial for this exact project is over at Arkansas Women Bloggers.
Here, you can see the use of different scrapbook embellishments and ric rac to add a little sparkle!
Just an FYI on papers with glitter…Mod Podge application will spread the glitter onto the canvas.  It did not bother me because it actually gave it a little more sparkle.   It feels all kind a wrong wiping glue over pretty paper, but I promise it will dry and come back to its original life!
The possibilities for color, style, and theme are endless with this simple DIY project!  Hearts for Valentine’s, a cross or eggs for Easter, pumpkins for fall, and so much more!  


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  1. Love this idea! My youngest will be heading off to college in the fall and this would be perfect art for her dorm room.

  2. This is the perfect gift. I would love for you to link up at my Linky Party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  3. That is super adorable. I want to do something like this for my 3 boys room. Love the personalization!!!

  4. These are adorable! I’m partial to the A since it’s one of my initials. A great example of how sometimes simple is best! I would have been thrilled to receive a gift like this when I was a little girl (and still now, too!).

    Claire @

  5. These are have a good and steady cutting hand! LOVE all of them!

  6. Amanda, I love all of them! I have pinned them of course. You gave great instructions. Hope all is well with you.

  7. Very cute 🙂

  8. Love this project! Just found you from Shine On Fridays and am your newest follower. Would love for you to check out my blog too.

  9. You have completely inspired me. I have tons of those canvas’ in the house and I just love this idea. I may do something similar for Easter. I found you via The French Country Cottage.

  10. These are so cute! I have been painting a monogrammed canvas this week for my sister’s wedding gift. I though about using Mod Podge instead of painting. I used the same method to get my stencil though. A more affordable way to get stencils for large letters. Found you via Serenity Now.

  11. Love this! We just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and would love for you to share this!

  12. Wow! What a fantastic idea! It’s simple, but turns out looking absolutely fabulous! I love the idea of making them as gifts using the monograms…pinning this! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays this week!

  13. Really cute and inexpensive idea! I’ve seen others similiar but supplies would have costs more. I like to idea of using the scrapbook paper because not only is it inexpensive but the options are numerous! Great job!

  14. Those are really cute! i never would have thought of giving them as gifts, but that is so fun!

  15. Loving this idea:) I have Canvas and a bunch of cute scrapbook paper. I think I know what one of my next projects will be! Thanks.
    Stay Fashionable! Love,Candy

  16. Simple and BEAUTIFUL! Bravo! <3
    “Kiss Me I’m Irish” linky party now open

  17. We just did something similar, but yours turned out much better! I am hosting my 2nd link party, and would love for you to add this along with anything else you like!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  18. Great idea!!! I’m pinning this one…

  19. Thanks for linking up Amanda! Love your ideas especially the Christmas trees – so cute!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

    Come back next week!

  20. I love this and can’t wait to try it with my stepdaughter. I’m new to your blog but am following you now on Linky and can’t wait to read more.

  21. These are amazing! I love the trees! New Follower!
    ~JEn @ frazzled five

  22. I love this and can’t wait to try it with my daughter! Thanks for sharing at my party!

  23. This looks so funky I just love typography art. Thanks for the step by step 🙂

  24. What a nice idea…it looks fab! I am your newest follower.

  25. Hi Amanda!
    I am featuring your modge podge canvas later today with the features from last week’s party – please oome by to see! Grab a featured button while you are there! Thanks for linking up and please come back!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  26. Oh, I love this! What a sweet idea! I don’t have a circut (or cricket?) thing either so this is a great idea instead! Thanks so much for linking up at my place!

  27. You can do so many things with this idea!! Thanks for sharing! We loved having you link up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope to have you back again soon!! -The Sisters

  28. ooooohhh…fun project!! I love the versatility of this!!

    Thanks so much for linking up last week!! I hope to see you this Thursday! 🙂

  29. LOVE this!!

    Natasha xxxx

  30. This is such a great idea! I am sure I can find superhero paper for my oldest’s room ;D

  31. What a cute idea!! I’m your newest follower-stop by for a visit!!

  32. You’re a STAR tonight over at I Gotta Create!
    thanks so much for linking up! C’mon by and grab a feature button <3

  33. Great Job, Amanda! Thanks for linking to my party.
    I’ll be featuring this project in my next post.

  34. Anonymous says:

    I am so going to do this! I love my Cricut cutter for projects like this, but sometimes I can find cute fonts on my computer that I like to work with too.

  35. I love this! We have a little one on the way due in January and this would be great to hang in his room, along with one for his brother! Love it!


  36. jomama1127 says:

    Thanks for idea. Found you through a link on Pinterest.
    I am going to use this idea as the basis for a mariners flag signal set, spelling out my daughter’s name for her nautical -themed room. Had thought about painting the colors on, but i think cutting the shapes from scrapbook paper will be cleaner and result in a better look. Thanks again!

  37. joamama,
    Hopefully you are receiving this msg! You are a “no reply blogger.” so I can’t write back! I’d love to see a photo of your finished canvases!

  38. Thank you for sharing the step by step! I came across this on Pinterest and plan on making one for my nephews Christening. Thanks again. Love all your other projects and your website is lovely and easy to explore!