About a year ago, I stenciled my daughters bedroom wall with the Herringbone stencil from Royal Design Studio. I added some molding about 3/4 of the way up, and had fully intended on adding some art to the top – I even asked you for suggestions, remember that? Well… one year later, I still couldn’t decide between an alphabet and some sort of frame/canvas decoration.
When I met with the awesome Wallternatives crew at SNAP, I had a genius idea of combining the two. (Never heard of Wallternatives? It’s okay, they’re new. I’ll tell you more about them down below.) So finally, after all of this time, my daughter has some art work above her wall!
This alphabet set is kind of like vinyl, kind of not. It applies as easily as vinyl, but its removable and repositionable. It’s a fabric, so it comes in prints instead of just solids, and it has a texture, almost like a canvas, instead of being the flat vinyl. Plus, it came in the perfect color combination to go with my daughter’s new quilt, if I ever get a chance to finish it.
To create your own set of Alphabet Canvas Wall Art prints, you will need:
- Colorful Woodblock Alphabet WallPrints™ Fabric Decal from Wallternatives
- Canvases (in the same width as your blocks – so I used 12″ x 16″)
- Cardstock (white and decorative – I used My Girl by My Mind’s Eye in the 6″ size)
- Elmer’s Glue Pen
- Double sided tape or glue roller
You will also need your Cricut or digital cutting machine – I used my fancy new Cricut Explore™ that I just love!
To start, place one letter tile on each canvas. I decided to do five, since they fit nicely above the stenciled wall, and I chose the letters A-E. I really wanted to do her name, but it has two L’s so I would have needed two sets. Once on the canvas, I cut out the words I wanted to place below the blocks. I went with verbs that started with the letters – Adore, Believe, Cuddle, Dream, Enjoy.
Cutting out the words is really easy on the Explore - I just typed up my words, copy and pasted it four more times (for a total of five times), and then had the machine cut them out. I only did one layer (the top layer) in my decorative cardstock and the others were cut from white cardstock. When they are layered together, they give the 3D look of chipboard. Using a glue pen like this one from Elmer’s makes it easy to attach small things like these letters. (Oh, and because I know someone will ask – the font is Nate’s Alphabet in capitals. It’s a Cricut font, but if you don’t own it, you can find many other similar ones out there to download for free and your Explore will still recognize them.)
Back to the canvases… once you have all of your letters cut out and glued together, use a double sided tape roller to attach them to the bottom of the canvas. I used the frame as my guide to keep the letters straight. Once that dried, all I had to do was hang these babies up, and my daughter finally had super cute art work above her stenciled wall.
Okay, so more about this awesome new Wallternatives line – can I just say how much I love it? The colours are so rich and vibrant, and they can be moved around! I debated placing the whole alphabet in the playroom and letting the girls play around with as they wish, but I know my youngest will drop it on the ground and get it covered in dirt. So maybe when she is older – since I can leave these up on the canvases for as long as I want and the adhesive will not weaken or deteriorate. Plus there are no harmful chemicals and they are totally environmentally friendly, so I know they are safe for my girls to play with and to have in their rooms.
Wallternatives also has two other new lines (ChalkTalk Chalkboard Art and Designer Vinyl Decals) in addition to the WallPrints Fabric Decals, and they have two new lines coming soon – WallAppeal Removable Wallpaper and EtchLook decals which look like etched glass. I am supe rexcited to see the removable wallpaper! Maybe I can finally get my hubby on board with wallpaper!
Here’s a peek at some of their other products:
Head over to Wallternatives now and you can sign up for a 20% off coupon – what a great deal!