Embroidered Canvas Art

By Liz of Love Grows Wild for I Heart Nap Time.

As a young girl, I remember watching my grandmother sew all the time. Plastic canvas creations, embroidered artwork… she even made the dress I wore to my first dance in middle school! The first time she taught me how to sew was on a small piece of plastic canvas that I stitched my name into, and I’ll never forget those memories with her. While I’m sure I’ll never be as talented with a needle and thread as she was, I’ve managed to create some fun things for my home with those skills she taught me, including today’s Embroidered Canvas Art!

Embroidered Canvas Art on iheartnaptime.com

I wanted to come up with some possible artwork for an office makeover that’s in the works, and the words “choose joy” seemed so fitting. It’s such a simple sentiment that I try to remind myself of everyday. Ignore the bad, let go of the stress, and CHOOSE joy!

I found a way to create a raised, 3-dimensional look that jumps right off the canvas, and the bright colored embroidered letters really make a big statement! I think you’re going to love this fun spin on word art!

Supplies:

  • blank canvas
  • pencil
  • rope or cord
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • embroidery floss
  • needle

 

Embroidered Canvas Art on iheartnaptime.com

 

I found it easiest to do this project without the canvas frame in the way. To remove it, I just flipped the canvas over, removed the staples, and pulled out the frame.

 

Embroidered Canvas Art on iheartnaptime.com

 

I started by lightly drawing my letters onto the canvas with a pencil. Then I took my roll of rope trim and placed it over each letter, securing it to the canvas with hot glue as I went. Since I chose to use a cursive font, in each place where the lines crossed, I cut the trim and started a new section instead of doubling the thickness in those places.

Once I had all the letters covered, I started stitching over the trim with my embroidery floss, hiding the trim underneath the thread. This part does take some time and patience, so I would recommend choosing shorter words/phrases and stretching your sewing time out over a few days.

 

Embroidered Canvas Art on iheartnaptime.com

Even though this project does take a bit of time, the gorgeous dimension of the final product is something really special! See how the letters just jump right off the canvas?

 

Embroidered Canvas Art on iheartnaptime.com

I wasn’t sure about this teal color at first, but wow, is it beautiful. The bright, bold letters and hand-sewn details make this artwork truly special!

 

Embroidered Canvas Art on iheartnaptime.com

I hope you enjoyed this easy DIY artwork idea today! For more project inspiration, head on over to Love Grows Wild and browse our Project Gallery anytime! Here’s one of my most recent projects, a $20 Gallery Wall for my living room and a DIY Wood Pallet Arrow:

 

DIY Gallery Wall from LoveGrowsWild.com
Have a beautiful day! xoxo Liz

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Liz

Hello! My name is Liz, and I’m the creator of Love Grows Wild, a blog full of ideas to beautify your home and feed your family! My husband, two adorable little boys, and I are a young family on a budget, so I love finding ways to decorate our home with a designer look for a discount price! Most days I am knee-deep in sawdust and cans of paint, but when I’m not in project mode, I am in the kitchen whipping up delicious, homemade meals for my family of hungry boys. Stop by Love Grows Wild and say hi anytime!

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Comments

  1. Jennifer posted on April 28, 2014 at 4:37 pm (#
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    Where did you find the rope you used? I can’t find anything similar that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg

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    • Karen replied on June 7th, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Walmart in the camping section. Rolls of the cord for about $3.00. The cord is usually green or brown but you can probably find white somewhere. Color doesn’t matter anyhow as you’re covering it with the embroidery thread (which can be found at the dollar store!).

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  2. Sasha posted on July 4, 2014 at 11:25 am (#
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    This is wonderful.I will definitely try this.http://tinygoldengirl.com/

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  3. Stephanie posted on August 21, 2014 at 8:35 am (#
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    How did you put the canvas back together? I tried stapling and it wont work am I doing something wrong?

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