So, the kids ended up not doing their projects that I had planned. We didn’t have much time and when we did they didn’t want to do it. So, they’ll wait till next year. I did get one project for myself done. I got the idea from this post, but changed it up to suit my taste.
- Canvas board – whatever size
- Painters tape or masking tape
- paint color (s) of your choice
- plastic bag
- wood or chipboard letters
- clear enamel spray
- Elmers glue
- hot glue and glue gun
Once you tape off your canvas, start painting. This took about 3 coats of paint. I used a deep red that was real streaky so I just kept doing another coat until it came out solid like I liked it.
Then while that is drying I put glue on the front and sides of the letters and threw them in large ziplock bag filled with glitter and shook them up. After they were covered I gently shook them in the bag to get rid of the excess glitter then laid them on wax paper till I was ready to glue them to the canvas board.
Once my canvas was painted the way I liked I let the paint dry and then removed the tape. I laid out my letters to see where I wanted to place them and then hot glued them onto the canvas. Once they were glued down I took the whole thing outside and sprayed a real good thick coat of clear enamel spray all over the whole thing.
It ended up looking really good, but I wanted it to sit on our mantle and I guess I didn’t take into consideration how big our mantle is so the final product looks dwarfed on there. I may move it somewhere else and do something bigger for the mantle next year. But, overall, this was a super easy project and turned out so cute. It would be great for gifts too.
I tried this Pinterest find and while Alex said these were soooo good, they were not easy to make. I really ended up with only about 7 or 8 that were decent to keep. I had planned to give these as gifts to the kids in Alex and Levi’s classes, but ended up wrapping up some Christmas Hershey kisses instead for a quick gift.
Where I had an issue was with our oven being too hot and even after adjusting them the candy cane’s melted too much. It also took forever for these to cool so I threw them in the fridge which seemed to work well, but pulling them up from the wax paper made some of them break even though I was very careful.