I love the look of a lot of signs I see at Hobby Lobby, but I just can’t justify spending that much a lot of the time. Especially not when it’s so fun and budget-friendly to make them instead. Next time you see a cute sign, take a picture and DIY it instead. I’ll show you my method as I walk you through how to make these DIY Framed Canvas Laundry Signs.
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Inspiration for DIY Framed Canvas Laundry Signs
I tend to spend a lot of time on Pinterest when I have to waste time. Usually it’s at lunch break at work, or waiting on the many trains that I have to deal with on my way to and home from work.
So I was scrolling one day, and saw these cute signs.
I thought to myself, “I have the perfect spot for those in my laundry room!”
So I set out to make these for myself. Honestly, it turned out way better than even I expected.
DIY Framed Canvas Laundry Signs Supplies
First things first, lets get all the supplies gathered up.
Obviously, you need your canvas. I chose to use 11×14 as my size, because I knew how large of a space I had to work with. I picked up a set from Hobby Lobby for only $12.99. (Which, by the way has 7 canvases in the pack. Can’t beat that.)
Then, of course, you’ll need your printer, paper, and your choice of font. Here is the link to download my templates if you want to recreate my signs.
Then, all you need to finish up the canvas is a pencil, paint marker, and patience.
For the frames, we used 1×2 furring strips from Menard’s. We cut them to size with a chop saw and attached them with the air nailer. But you can either have them cut at the store or with a jigsaw. And a good old-fashioned hammer works just as well if you don’t have the fancy-schmancy tools my hubby does.
For all 4 signs, I spent less than $25.00.
Canvas: $1.85 each (x4)
Paint Marker: $6.49 @ Walmart
Furring Strips: $1.54 each (x4)
Total Cost for all 4 signs: $20.05. Talk about creating on a budget!!
How to Make DIY Framed Canvas Laundry Signs
Now that you have all of your supplies, it’s time to get to work. You may use my templates, or create your own. I just printed each of mine out, and trimmed them slightly to fit in the recessed back of the canvas frame. I used a couple of pieces of tape to keep the level line on the front, and also to hold in the paper to the back.
Then I just traced the font through the canvas using a good old school pencil. I don’t have a fancy light box for tracing, so I just set it up in a window and used the sunlight to highlight it. It worked!
Once all of your templates are traced onto the canvases, then you simply retrace your pencil marks with the paint marker. I like to sit down and concentrate on this step. Sure, I had extra canvas to work with, but I really don’t like having to do things more than once. So I make sure to use a steady hand and a lot of patience to do it just right the first time.
Once all the painting was done, I enlisted my sweet hubby to run the chop saw for me. He cut me 8 pieces of the furring strips at 14″ long, and then another 8 at 13″ long (top and bottom of frame). I did have some of my favorite Weathered Grey stain left, so I stained all of the cut pieces and let them dry overnight before he assembled the frames for me.
Then my hubby simply used 16 gauge brad nails to attach the furring strips to the outside of the canvas. He then added some small sawtooth picture hangers at the top center of each frame.
I would walk you through how he hung them for me also, but that’s an entirely different post. And honestly, he will have to help me with it. It involves math, and I’m only good at kitchen math (to halve recipes and such).
I hope you enjoy my DIY Framed Canvas Laundry Signs tutorial. If you make some of your own signs, I’d love to see them. Drop me a line showing us all of your craftyness.