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I have always wanted to decorate my home with a beach theme. Little by little I’m collecting enough items to do that someday. I was tired of looking at the huge empty space above my TV, so I decided to make this relaxing beach wall decor. I really wanted to put something there that was tranquil and beautiful. I gathered up my supplies, found some pictures of the beach online, printed them out, and got to work.
I knew I had bought these little 8.5 x 6.5 canvas pictures at Walmart, that I couldn’t find a place for, so I decided to cover them up and use them for this project. You could find something you already have, or get some new blank canvases (this links to 8 x 10 canvases because you can’t buy 8.5 x 6.5).
I went to my local craft store to look for frames and found these ‘ready to be painted’ frames, you can probably get them at your local craft store, too, but if you don’t want to or don’t have one close to you, you might want to get them on Amazon. I, also, printed out some beach themed pictures that I found online. I can’t remember where I found mine exactly, but you can get them on sites like Pixabay or Pexels.
I had received for Christmas my FAVORITE gift ever…an Amazon gift card! Needless to say, I went crazy buying craft/DIY supplies. So I already had a lot of the supplies I needed for this. I’ll link to what I used for this project.
- 10 canvases
- White gesso, or white paint
- Foam brushes, for spreading gesso, paint, and glue
- Sandy colored craft paint (Walmart)
- Wooden letters, 4 1/2′, or sized to fit the size of canvases you have (Walmart, or another craft store)
- Mod Podge
- Frames, ready to be painted
- Beach themed pictures
Okay, let’s get started!
First, I gathered up all my supplies and covered my work area (my kitchen table) with an old sheet and plastic.
After the gesso dried, I covered them with acrylic craft paint (you can get that at Walmart or most other stores), I used warm buff, but you can use anything that is beachy, tanny, sandy color. Painting them this colored assured that if you could see through the sand, you would still see that same color.
While I let them dry completely, I got the frames ready to glue on. I removed the stand and/or hanger from the back of each frame. I did this so that they would lay flat on the canvas. Then I took them apart, set the glass and back off to the side, and painted the frames white. I only used one coat, in order to make them look a little whitewashed. I painted the letters the exact same way.
By the time they dried, the canvases had also dried. I then put the glass back in, inserted the pictures that I picked out, and replaced the back on the frames. Once I had all five frames back together with pictures inside, it was time to get out the hot glue gun! I centered a frame on each canvas and hot glued them in place. Also, hot glue your letters to the other five canvases.
Now I hope you are able to relax & enjoy your beautiful beachy wall art! Let me know what you think in the comments. I wish the pictures were better. When I took them they were only supposed to be for my daughter to see, so I could show her how I made them. Since I started my blog, I decided to share the project with you, too.
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