Create a unique and personal gift for very little money and in a short amount of time.
This canvas made to look like notebook paper is very easy to make. It would make a great gift for someone going off to college! Once you have created your canvas then the recipient has it for friends to write something special on.
In the picture above, my daughter, Carrie, is standing by the one I made for her. It is very large, but for this tutorial I am making one that will be 11" x 14".
Check out how she has started decorating around it with sticky notes! YES, sticky notes! She writes quotes or lyrics from songs on them and places them around the canvas.
Here's what you'll need to create your canvas...
11" x 14" stretched canvas
light blue marker
acrylic paint- I used white & black, but you could just use gray
First I measured 1 1/2" from the left side of the canvas marking it with 2 small dots.
Then I used my red marker and drew a line down the length of the canvas using my 2 dots as a guide.
Next, I measured 2" down from the top, marked the canvas with a pencil, and then connected my marks with the light blue marker.
Once I had my first line drawn, I used the width of my ruler to draw the next line. The lines are too far apart if you just use the width of the ruler as a guide so I measured and drew a line half way between my first 2 lines.
Using those lines as a guide, I used the width of my ruler to continue drawing the light blue lines all the way down the canvas.
Looks good, huh? But what's missing?
It needs holes down the side!!!
You could just use gray paint, but I used white and black and mixed them. I didn't want a solid color so I didn't mix them completely.
The best way to get a perfect circle (if it doesn't have to be too big) is by using a new pencil eraser.
And there you have it...canvas that looks like a big piece of notebook paper.
Once it was finished, my daughter wrote, "Dear Lexy" on the top line. She is giving this one to a friend who is leaving for college.
On the one I did for my daughter, I wrote, "Dear Carrie" on the top line and then her friends started filling it up with special notes to her.
On this one for her friend, Madison, Carrie added markers to the canvas.
She tied ribbon to the marker caps and then stapled the other end of the ribbon to the back of the canvas.
Now, back to those sticky notes...
I didn't think I would like it, but I do!
Here is one of my favorite quotes she put on her wall of notes...