Kind of like all those amazing Mason jar crafts you can find everywhere you look, there is also about a million ways you can be creative with an inexpensive stretched canvas found at any WalMart in your neighborhood. I’ve come across several blog posts with some great ideas for home decor projects using a stretched canvas, so the other day when I read yet another post about all of the amazing and beautiful wall hangings that can be created on a stretched canvas, it reminded me of my own creation that I put together last summer.
Home decor on a budget! Check out my beautiful wall hanging made with a vintage doily and buttons.
We love to take a day trip to Shipshewana every summer (well, actually we go more often than that because we only live about 45 minutes from there, but we always go to the auction at least once every summer), and two summers ago I came across this gorgeous vintage doily. It was $2.00 so I knew that I had to buy it, even though I had no idea what I was going to do with it. I brought it home and washed it carefully and laid it out to dry. You can’t tell from this picture, but it is a soft creamy ivory color with tiny gold threads running through it. See why I couldn’t pass it up??? It is also much larger than most of the other vintage doilies I’ve found at antique shops and auctions, and it was in perfect condition. So there it sat in my sewing room for a year while I worked on other projects, frequently coming across this beautiful doily in my stash, still pondering what I was going to do with it.
Last summer I finally decided what I wanted make with it – we have several other stretched canvas projects that my daughter was working on, so I thought it would be fun to create a canvas wall hanging using my treasured vintage doily. I painted the entire surface with black acrylic craft paint (I used glossy but on the stretched canvas it ended up with a soft satin finish instead of a bright shiny surface). I gave it about three coats to avoid thin spots or chips, but it still gets a little bit of the “tattered” look around the edges through normal usage.
Then when it was completely dry I experimented with various positions of the doily on the canvas. Since this doily is so large I couldn’t quite decide if I wanted it centered, off of one edge, turned diagonally, or just plain and simple, straight on and centered. After a couple of days of looking at it from different positions and angles, I decided that I wanted as much of this beautiful doily visible on this wall hanging as possible so I decided on centering it, strait up and down. I figured that it has enough visual and artistic beauty just the way it is.
Once I decided on the placement of the doily, I secured it in place with my hot glue gun, attaching from the center first and then working my way outward, all around, until I got to the outside edges. Then I made sure that all of the points were securely attached and stretched out so there were no curls or gaps around the outside.
It would be fun to do something like this with several smaller doilies . . . which I might do, depending on what I find this summer when we head on over to Shipshewana!
Then out came my jar of vintage buttons – mostly gold tone but I included one or two that were black or pearl to kind of tie all of the colors together. Once again, I couldn’t decide how I wanted to place the buttons, how many, how big or small, in what combination, so I tried different things and looked at each design for a while before deciding whether I liked it or not. When I finally was happy with the button placement and combination, I glued them in place with my trusty hot glue gun.
What are you creating this week? Here\’s my latest creation made with a vintage doily and buttons.
When I had everything secured in place, I looked at it and thought there was something still not quite “complete” – that’s when I remembered that I had a few old keys that I had collected for another project. And I found the perfect key! It is painted ivory with some spots where the original color of the key shows through so it looks rather “tattered” too which makes a perfect addition to one corner of my canvas.
That’s it! Super simple but beautiful and it is perfect for our home which is a little bit vintage, a little bit thrift store treasure, and little bit eclectic “whatever I happen to find that I like” style, and even a little bit tattered from years and years of family life. So it fits here but if you wanted to make one with a bit more modern flair, I found some other ideas that might be of interest. Check out this other website with a few great ideas for making home decor using an inexpensive stretched canvas. Have fun and let me know about your adventure in “making stuff” for your home and family!
Here’s an article with several more ideas for using an inexpensive stretched canvas to create your own unique home decor: DIYEverywhere
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