Get a head start on your summer crafting and make my Dollar Tree stencil craft on canvas!
There’s nothing more summery than bright sunshine, so the wooden sun shape and “shine bright” stencil are perfect for creating this canvas craft.
This summer craft idea will surely get you in a good mood crafting with the positive affirmation and bright and cheerful colors!
I’m participating in a monthly “Creative Craft Hop” that’s hosted by Birdz of a Feathers. This group consists of many talented bloggers who create a craft to share with all of our readers that you can replicate or get inspiration. If you’re following the bloggers in order and coming here from Life as a LEO Wife, a big welcome to you! Look for all of the additional craft links at the end of my post.
DOLLAR TREE STENCIL CRAFT ON CANVAS
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- wooden sun shape
- craft paint
- Mod Podge
- E-6000 glue
- artist brushes
- stencil pouncer
- painter’s tape
PREPARE THE CANVAS FOR PAINTING
MARK OFF THE BORDER
- Use a ruler and pencil to lightly mark the lines where the tape will be placed in a straight line. In the photo below, see the tiny marks I made on the canvas.
- Apply painter’s tape on all four sides to make a straight line following the tiny pencil marks.
- I measured for a 3/4 inch border.
- Run your fingernail along the edge of the tape where the paint will be touching.
PAINT THE CENTER
Paint the center of the canvas with 2 to 3 coats of the bright blue color.
TAPE THE STENCIL
- Hold your wooden shape on the canvas and determine where the stencil needs to be placed.
- I used extra painter’s tape to hold the stencil down since I’m using a cheap Dollar Tree stencil.
HOW TO STENCIL ON CANVAS TO REDUCE BLEED
TWO SECRETS TO REDUCE BLEED
The first secret to reducing paint from bleeding under the stencil is to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the entire area where the letters are.
I failed to use Mod Podge when I gave my step stool a makeover using a stencil so it’s muddy looking and not so crisp.
The Dollar Tree stencil is flimsy compared to a better quality one so I did have a little bleeding, but the Mod Podge still definitely helped.
The second secret to reducing bleed is to apply multiple light layers of paint, pouncing in a quick up and down motion with your paint pouncer. In the photo below, you’ll see my first coat.
REPAIR ANY BLEEDS IF NEEDED
Because of the cheap and flimsy stencil, I had 2 blob bleeds and only minor ones here and there to repair. In the photo below, you can see one of the blob bleeds at the ‘G.’
Use an artist liner brush for repairs.
I decided to completely paint and fill in the missing parts of the letters. I like that look better for this particular canvas craft idea.
STEPS TO COMPLETE THE DOLLAR TREE CRAFT
PAINT THE SUN SHAPE
The unfinished, wooden sun shape was purchased at Dollar Tree. Sorry no before photo.
I used shades of orangey yellow, medium yellow, light yellow, and I mixed white and yellow for a fourth color.
In the photo below, you can see all the color variations for the end result.
- Paint a base coat of medium yellow on the entire sun.
- Use the orangey yellow in the area closest to the face and paint outward to the ends of those open line spaces.
- On the pointed sun rays, give a streaky paint look with light yellow.
- Then mix white with some light yellow and use your new color to paint some streaky areas on the ends of the rays.
PAINT THE BLACK STRIPES IN THE BORDER
- Use an artist brush to freehand some black stripes in the border.
- Freehand painting means it doesn’t need to be perfect. If you want perfect you can use the painter’s tape to make crisp edges.
- I chose to use an artist brush with a straight edge 1/2 inch brush head.
- Turn the first border side to be painted horizontal to you.
- Line the end of the brush up at the blue painted edge and paint towards you.
- If the paint doesn’t glide on in only one swipe then you don’t have enough paint loaded on the brush.
- If you’re using a thick canvas, compared to a thin board canvas, wait until the stripes on top are dry and then finish painting the stripes on the edges.
TIP: Pay close attention painting the stripes and turning the canvas to paint the next border side as it’s very, very easy to accidentally touch the wet paint and mess up other parts of your canvas. Ask me how I know this, ugh!
GLUE ON ALL THE EMBELLISHMENTS
Hot glue doesn’t work real well on canvas as your attachments can easily pop off. So I advice using a very strong glue. E-6000 dries clear.
Use E-6000, or other strong glue, to attach the wood sun shape. Determine where the shape hits the canvas and apply glue in only those areas.
Place a very small amount of the same glue to attach the buttons.
You can either display your art by propping it up, like I plan to, or attach a hanger on the back side that works with the type of canvas you have used.
If you plan to attach a hanger, be sure to do so before you start your craft.
I hope you enjoy making your Dollar Tree stencil canvas craft for a fun summer art project!
NOW, SEE MORE CREATIVE CRAFTS FROM MY BLOGGING FRIENDS!
If you’re following the craft hop in order, Jenna from The Painted Apron is next on the list.
Terri @ Decorate and More with Tip ~ DIY Patriotic Star Door Hanger
Niki @ Life as a LEO Wife ~ Crafting Your Own Coastal Farmhouse Lantern
Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers ~ Dollar Tree Stencil Craft on Canvas (that’s me!)
Jenna @ The Painted Apron ~ Pedestal Serving Tray
Gail @ Purple Hues and Me ~ DIY Coiled Rope Shoulder Bag
Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction ~ Blah to Blue-tiful Birdie Upcycle for the Garden
Carol @ Blue Sky at Home ~ How to Make a DIY Patriotic Pillow
Sara @ Birdz of a Feather ~ Homemade Gift for Dad
Ann @ The Apple Street Cottage ~ Easy Painted Rocks
Tammy @ Patina and Paint ~ Re-cycled Patriotic Sign
Sharing my Dollar Tree canvas craft at these fabulous blogs!
What a cute little paint project. And one that you display year after year.
Carol, I’m glad you like my stencil craft! 🙂
Niki | Life as a LEO Wife says
This is so cute! I love the addition of the sun. This would be so cute wall art in a nursery or little kids room as well as summer decor! Pinned!
I agree, Niki, this would be super cute in a kids room. Thanks for pinning!
How Cute!!!! I love how happy this is… perfect for Summer!
Thank you, Tammy! It’s always fun trying to come up with a cutesy craft.
This sure made me smile, Allyson. I love how the sun ‘pops’!
Yay, my ‘shine bright’ craft made you smile, Ann!
Gail @Purple Hues and Me says
Too cute, Allyson! What a fun way to spark our summer creativity with your craft! It’s such a cool idea!
Thanks, Gail! Nothing like kicking off the summer with something that screams sunshine ~ lol.
Hi Allyson, your cheerful sunshine made me smile–what a cute dollar store craft! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction
Cecilia, I’m happy my sunshine craft made you smile. It’s cheerful for sure!
Terrie - Decorate with Tip and More says
This is so darn cute. I love the buttons added. Thanks for sharing this. Have a great Summer Allyson!
Terrie, I’m a button lover so I couldn’t resist adding them to my canvas. Some of your readers dropped by. Thanks for the traffic from our craft hop!
Very cute Allyson! Good tips on reducing the bleed, and your letters turned out great. Such a happy little sign that would make a special gift for anyone! Happy crafting~
Thanks, Jenna! I’m still trying to improve my stenciling, but I think the Mod Podge technique does make it better.
sara allen says
Your summer craft not only gets me into a good crafting mood, but a good mood – period – with its bright and cheerful colours! It’s my smile of the day :). Happy to be hopping with you Allyson!
Sara, so glad my sunny stencil craft made you smile!