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How to Make DIY Wall Art – Easy Canvas Paintings for Kids Rooms

Make your own custom art prints to match any decor or bedding. This DIY wall art project is easier than it looks!

I suppose it all started with my first born.

haha I guess that’s a silly statement, all things kid-related start with your first child.

But making canvas wall art to match my babies crib bedding all started with my first. My in-laws gifted us a brand new crib, and we couldn’t really afford the whole Pottery Barn crib bedding set. Soooo…

I picked out fabric and with many calls to my mom to ask sewing questions, I made my own! It was teal and hot pink, with black and white accents and a tiny bit of green. So 2007, lol.

The fabric I chose had flowers that looked “painted” which gave me the idea to actually paint canvases with the same flowers. And they turned out pretty great!

With my other two babies, I did the same thing. Lovingly made their crib bedding and painted matching canvas art. So fun!

Paige bedding and matching canvas
Pre-blogging days, for sure. haha

It’s probably obvious, but just to be clear, I am NOT an artist. I am a crafter. 😉 So I figure stuff out and improvise, and probably don’t do things the “right” way. But hey, whatever works right?!

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DIY Wall Art for Nurseries and Kids Bedrooms

This idea works well for kids rooms because their bedding is usually easy to mimic. Sailboats, flowers, animals, cartoon characters, etc.

My youngest had zoo animal bedding in funky colors and blocky shapes. SO FUN. I might have picked that fabric specifically because I knew how fun and easy it would be to paint canvases for.

baby crib with matching art

That cute baby is now 5 yrs old and has a big boy bed. AND he’s due for some new art pieces on his walls!

Luckily he has this truck bedding from Target and the trucks are fairly simple shapes and were easy to paint.

How to paint canvases for kids rooms

I use inexpensive blank canvases and acrylic paints. If you only need a few colors, you can just look for those colors already mixed, or you could buy a set of acrylic paints (student grade is fine) and mix to get the exact shade. You can also use craft acrylic paint as well, but in my experience, the colors don’t mix as easily so you’ll need to find a shade that’s a pretty close match.

–Good Beginner Acrylic Set (this is the set that I started with)
Paint brushes
Blank Canvas (bulk, in case you need extras for practice)

I have some fancy paint brushes, and also have the cheap bulk pack of paintbrushes and they’re both fine.

Decide which image you want to paint. Are you going to leave a white background, or paint it a different solid color?

sketch an image on canvas

1. With a pencil, lightly sketch out the design. Pencils will erase on canvas, but they also can smudge, so the trick is to sketch lightly and be careful with smudging with your hand.

2. Mix your paints to get the right colors that will match the bedding. And take a deep breath and PAINT!

painting of a teal car

Acrylic paints dry pretty quickly, so if you need to fix any mistakes or clean up any lines, I’d wait until its dry and then paint over the mistake.

These canvas panels are super lightweight and can be easily hung with velcro Command strips or just a nail or tack.

If you’re looking for another fun and easy canvas wall art project, check out my post about turning apretty calendar into gallery wall.

how to make matching art on canvas

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