Make this adorable DIY reverse canvas bath sign without a vinyl cutter in your own style and taste! Here’s how!
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After painting and doing a ton of work in the bathroom, I realized that the walls just felt sparse without any decorations.
I looked everywhere for inspiration and finally decided to just make my own bath signs for in there.
Because our walls in the house are all plaster and lathe, hanging anything heavy is just not worth the work. It involves drilling and anchoring and praying that the over 100-year-old plaster doesn’t get damaged. Or worse, come crumbling down off of the lathe!!
Reverse canvas (or any canvas signs) are more lightweight than anything wooden. I love the look of wood and am making a wooden sign for in a different spot in the bathroom (more on that later). But for this particular area, I just wanted something that could be hung with Command strips.
- 4 11×14″ canvases
- 1 #5 angled artist brush (available here)
- staple remover
- staple gun
- chalk paint (I used this.)
- wood stain (I used this)
- printer & paper
- letter “stencils” (available in our Free Resource Library)
I started with 11×14″ canvases that I purchased in an eight-pack here.
I then removed all of the staples until the canvas was completely separated from the wooden frames. A quick sand and stain and the wooden frames were done. Then, I just had to get moving on the canvas painting.
Sitting down at my computer, I got to work figuring out what font I wanted to use on the signs. I poured over my fonts, and trust me, I have a ton of them saved on my computer. I think choosing the font was the most time-consuming part of the entire endeavor! LOL
I then sized them all into Photoshop and printed them out onto regular old printer paper.
Download the printable letters in our Free Resource Library.
After they were printed out, I cut them all out to make “stencils” of sorts. I then just held them onto the canvas as centered as I could and traced around them with a pencil.
I simply used some leftover chalk paint from the painting in the bathroom so that they coordinated well. Grabbing a #5 angled artists brush and the chalk paint, I got to work.
I actually love to paint. Walls, crafts, furniture, whatever. It’s almost therapy for me. I know some people don’t think that they have a steady enough hand, but I think that it adds to the appeal of the item to have some “flaws” to it. It makes it more unique.
If you are frightened at first, don’t worry. The imperfections to the piece make it more special. Just dive in and try. You may surprise yourself.
Once all the letters were painted and dry, I got the wooden frames back out from where I had them set aside.
Lining up the frame to the letters, I held them in place to trace around the frame onto the canvas to trim off any excess. This step is optional, as you could just fold it over to make sure your staples have more to hold onto. (I will probably just do that the next time I do a project like this.)
Starting in the corners, fold up a triangle and staple. (See photo.)
On the opposite corner, (the diagonal opposite) repeat this step, stretching the canvas slightly taught. Do all four corners before moving on.
Now, fold and staple around the frame to secure the canvas, folding up the canvas as you go.
Once they are all stapled back into the frames, they are all ready to hang!
We just used these Command strips to mount them above the bathroom vanity, but use whatever method works best for you.
Now, step back and enjoy your custom made bathroom decor.