{happy monday!} hope you survived the weekend….and got lots of crafting done! i got a couple valentine’s day crafts done and i can’t wait to share them with you this week! first off, here’s a quick tutorial for my v-day canvas from my mantel. simple, easy, and oh-so-lovable :)

valentine's day subway art

its is the star of my Valentine’s Day mantel! the red pops very nicely against my white mantel.

decorating for valentine's day
How To Make  Your Own Canvas

supplies: canvas {mine is 11×14} , red spray paint, vinyl, digital cutting tool {i used my CAMEO} or exacto knife, white spray paint {optional}.

diy canvas decor

1. i did a quick coat of white spray paint to make sure my canvas was solid white, but this is optional.

2. cut out your design onto vinyl. i used my Silhouette CAMEO TM with Ariel font and a heart shape to create my XOXO design. remove extra vinyl leaving the letters.

3. transfer vinyl letting to your canvas. canvas is kind of slick, so it can be a little tricky to transfer. go slowly and do one letter at a time.

how to make subway art

4. spray paint your canvas red. try to get good coverage with 1 coat because the vinyl may curl with additional coats.

5. after the paint has dried, simply peel away the vinyl and you’re left with a great looking love day decoration!

valentine's day craft

don’t want to go to all the work of making your own canvas? well, guess what…you can just print it out and slap it into a frame. yup, i created a free printable for you!! {i remembered you wanted more printables from the Reader Survey :}

free v-day printable

Click here to download your free copy of this XOXO Printable! prints up to 8×10 size. {watermark is not on download}

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    Thanks, Linda! Maybe I will print it and put it on t-shirts for my girls….since i still have no cameo!! xo!

  2. 2

    I love this! Thanks for the tutorial. I am wondering if there is any reason you could not spray paint the entire canvas red and then, using the Silhouette vinyl, apply the letters using white vinyl. I have a painted canvas I am trying to repurpose and I don’t have white spray paint to cover it with before doing it using your method. So do you think the vinyl letters will stick well to it, and would I then need to seal it with anything? Thanks for your help!

    1. 2.1

      Hi Lila,
      You could use white vinyl on the canvas, but vinyl doesn’t stay adhered to canvas very well. It will pop off in places over time and you will constantly be smoothing it out. Canvas material is rather slick. {not sure why, but it is!}
      thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,

      1. Lila

        Thanks for the help! I am glad I asked. Now to the craft store for a blank canvas, so excited!

  3. 3

    I love this! It is so simple and bright! I love how it pops against your mantel. Sharing with my FB fans! Thanks Linda!

  4. 4

    Awesome job! Love it.

  5. 6

    this is simply lovely. love the shutters too:) thank you for the inspiration.

  6. 7

    So cute LInda! And now that I have a Cameo ….. :) Thanks for sharing! Pinning and sharing

  7. 8

    Love this. Thanks so much! :)

  8. 9

    Love this! I might have to drop everything and go replicate it right now. :) Thanks for sharing.

  9. 10

    So what your saying is, the Silhouette Cameo is no longer optional. Haha! This is yet another reason why I adore that little (big) machine!

  10. 11
    Sharleen C.

    Super cute thanks for sharing!

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  12. 12

    this is so awesome! thank you! thank you!

  13. 13

    I’ve been eyeing the Cameo for months! I had enough money saved up and got it this week! Thanks for this tutorial and printable!!

  14. 14

    I love It!!! Congratulations!!!

  15. 15
    teri l pastorino

    so cute, i just got a cameo not too long ago and still trying to figure out how to use it…..well the software

    can you give me any tips on how you set this up? what size did you do the font?

    thanks, teri

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  17. 16

    Thanks for the tutorial! I’ve been looking to update my Valentine’s decor and this is perfect.

  18. 17

    I just wanted to let you know that I posted a DIY Valentine’s Day Craft Post (linking you) to my post. This is such a great idea! I originally found it on pinterest. Just wanted to say thank you!!!

    Heidi (hi-d)

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  20. 18

    Shared this on fb

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  23. 19

    Hi all…tonight I tried using this method to transfer a vinyl stencil to canvas only to end up with a big sticky mess. The vinyl simply would not stick to the canvas. Any tips?

    1. 19.1

      Hi Alicia,
      I had the same problem, but if you spray paint 2 coats of white {or other color} before you try to stick the vinyl, it transfers much easier! You can also try using spray adhesive on the canvas to make it sticky.
      Hope that helps!
      happy crafting,

  24. 20

    Hi–Love this design and would like to give it to my mom for her birthday! Any chance that it can be redone in turquoise? She loves that color. Thank you! Mindy

  25. 21

    Hi–Love this design and would like to give it to my mom for her birthday! Any chance that it can be redone in turquoise? She loves that color. Thank you! Mindy

  26. 22
    Kathy C

    hi! I love all your holiday craftiness, but the off- season storage requirements boggle my mind. can you share how you organize and store all these lovelies? XXOO

  27. 23

    hi! I love all your holiday craftiness– SO CUTE!!–but the off- season storage requirements boggle my mind. can you share how you organize and store all these lovelies? XXOO

  28. 24

    Great Valentine’s day mantel. Love it!

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