I have a confession.
Those Yule boxes are STILL staring at me from beyond the computer. Only now, instead of screaming to be opened, they’re simply stacked there.
With a look of disgust.
Forgive me reader for I have sinned.
I really was hoping to bring you a craft of the C-word variety today, but it’s been a funny old week. So funny that the hallway remains in the same state of empty transition since Halloween and frankly, the mess in my office is doing my flipping head in. But you know what?
Sometimes, life just gets in the way.
So today, I’m re-sharing another old post. One I think you might find really handy if you’re thinking about making a gift for someone special – whether that be for the dreaded C-word, or another special occasion.
Other things DO happen this time of year, you know. Like Birthdays (ask Number One!) and Weddings (yes, Sister dear!)
Whatever the occasion, if you’re looking for a unique and very personal gift, you can’t go far wrong with something homemade. And a piece of artwork that features words from your special song is a really touching way to bring a smile to someone special.
When I bought a metre-long canvas from my local Buy/Sell/Swap Facebook site, I had no idea what I was going to do with it. It was cheap, so I bought it!
After months of leaning against a wall in my office, I finally had a midnight a lightbulb moment. I know…I’d write out the lyrics to “our” song!
Even though my writing is pants.
Tsk. Minor obstacle.
Undeterred, I gave it a shot. And this is how it turned out.
Not too shabby at all, I think you’ll agree. And it was dead easy, too.
How to make your own song lyrics canvas
First, paint your canvas. I used DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic, to match my Mache Letter masterpiece.
While that’s drying, work out how many lines you need for your lyrics. I did this by typing up the lyrics on the computer, but you could write them out if that works for you.
Once you’re happy, space out your lyrics on the canvas by drawing lines with a pencil and ruler. Make sure you have the same number of lines on the canvas as you have lines of lyrics. So for mine, I drew 18 lines on the canvas.
Then it’s a matter of writing your lyrics on freehand.
Never fear! If, like me, your handwriting isn’t the greatest (and just in case you make any mistakes!), simply write out your lyrics in pencil first and then paint over them in black acrylic, when you’re happy.
An eraser is your friend!
Finally, embellish your canvas as you wish and hang.
It takes a little patience and bit of concentration, but even with my rubbish writing, I think you’ll agree the end result looks great.
When Beloved came home and saw it hanging on his side of the bed, he actually thought I’d been spending money again. He couldn’t believe it was homemade! Between you and me, I think that seeing our words committed to canvas brought a wee tear to his eye, but don’t tell him I told you.
Seriously though, I was chuffed to bits with his reaction. There can be no greater compliment than someone loving your handiwork and thinking you paid good money for it when in fact, it cost no more than your creativity and a few cheap supplies.
So what you do reckon? Is this something you’d like to try for yourself? Let me know by dropping a comment below, or head on over to the Facebook Page and join in the discussion.
A hui hou,
This project first appeared on The World of Suzy Homemaker on 10 February 2015