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{Tutorial} How to Stencil a Canvas

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Go find where you have stashed your old decorations. Pick out any old canvas that you use to love, but now you hate.

For me…it was this one. I didn’t hate it, but it just wasn’t my style anymore.

Here Is What You Need

1 can of spray paint (dark)
2 inch foam roller
Small can of paint (light)
Wall stencil (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
Letter stencils
Craft paint (any color)


I had a wall stencil from when I stenciled my powder room a few months back. I didn’t want to spend any money so I just used what I had. Any wall stencil will work, it just depends on the look you are going for.

I picked a dark spray paint so that it would be easy to cover the design of the canvas. I sprayed the entire canvas with the dark blue spray paint. It took about 2 coats.

Let that dry really good before you move on.


Place your stencil in the center of your canvas (I didn’t even use spray adhesive for this)…

Make sure your stencil is flat to the canvas. Begin rolling on your lighter color of paint.

This is what it looked like once I got the stencil painted in the center.

I was in a hurry when I was doing this project {sleeping baby was about to wake}. I didn’t mark the stencil with a pencil so that I knew EXACTLY where to lay it on the sides.

*In case you want to see a full stencil tutorial just watch this one that Love of Family and Home and I did.

I got a little OFF when I got to the bottom right corner.


So, instead of starting over {which was not an option for me} I just had to come up with something to cover my little “mess-up”.

I taped off a cute little corner {big enough to cover the “mess-up”} and painted it solid with the lighter color paint.

Once that was dry, I went back and stenciled an “R” {for Rose}.

I used some craft paint I had laying around for the “R”. Any color will work, but I think it looks best with a darker color so that your letter will stand out. You can use any type of paint for this…I chose the craft paint because it’s all I had on hand.

That’s it. Seriously, so simple and it probably only took me 45 minutes total to do.

Check out my post on my hallway gallery wall art for complete pictures of this finished product!

Now go find an old canvas print that you can make new!

I had two of these old canvas prints so just click here to see what I did with the other one!  Or check out more of our home or projects…you may find tons of gallery walls. <<Oops>>


  1. Gina says:

    I’m queen of trying to get creative to cover mistakes. That one is brilliant!
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  2. Doing this for my daughter’s room! thanks!

  3. Angela says:

    Why would you need both a craft paint and small can of paint?

  4. Kimberley says:

    love it!! so cute, and your very own original piece :)

  5. Ashleen Moreen says:

    It is very creative and I really love the way you decorate the wall. I will do the same like this to my wall in my room. Thanks a lot for sharing this.
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  6. Cate says:

    I have been trying to figure out something with an initial for our bedroom wall. This is perfect.
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  7. What a great idea! I pinned it! Thanks for sharing with us.
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  8. Canvas Art says:

    That’s fantastic, I hope mine will turn out. There’s a lot of options with this sort of thing, it’s always fun to take a trip to the local thrift store to find inspiration too. You never know what you’ll find and it’s always cheap.

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