After a lovely friend had a beautiful baby girl a couple of weeks ago, I decided to try something a little different and make a gift for her special little girl. Whilst browsing the aisles at Spotlight (as you do) for supplies, our big boy became very excited when he spotted a display of letters, as he has been learning all about the alphabet and especially ‘his letter’ at kindy over the past few weeks. Given his enthusiasm, I grabbed his initial along with one for his brother and cousin and thought we could have some fun with this and make some letter canvas art.
My first thought was to paint the wooden letters and stick them onto a canvas, but after we spotted some fun looking scrapbook paper, a new plan began to emerge.
When we got home, our big boy was a little excited to start “making with Mum” and he was so excited that chose to stay inside doing “making with Mum” instead of helping his Dad mow the lawns outside.
We made a canvas for boys cousin first, and after watching the process our big boy
demanded was very keen to make his very own letter.
It took some careful deliberation on his behalf before he finally settled on the rocket pattern, and he eagerly sat by my side as we put together his special letter canvas.
It took a little persuasion/bribery to stop him from taking his canvas and running outside to show his Dad. Thankfully his Dad decided to get the power tools out at this point and he shot straight out the door to go and do some building.
This activity honestly takes no time at all, in the space of an hour I was able to put together three canvas’ and that was with an enthusiastic little helper.
To make you very own easy letter canvas, you will need:
Wooden letter (I used a Kaiser Wood Letter)
Small canvas – you can find these at you local craft or discount store.
One sheet of coloured or patterned paper of your choice
Let’s put it together!
Make sure you have plenty of space and set out all of your materials, making sure you have everything you need.
Set the letter to the side and using the scissors, carefully cut out the letter you have traced.
Place the letter in front of you and roll a few strips of the glue tape over the top of it. Make sure you have tape right to the edge to ensure the paper doesn’t lift off.
Decide where you want to place the covered letter on the canvas before placing a few spots of craft glue onto the back of the letter. Make sure you don’t add too much as you don’t want it to run out onto the canvas.
Place the letter onto the canvas – glue side down. If you find there is a little glue running onto the canvas, use a cloth (or a wet wipe is perfect!) to carefully remove it.
Do your kids like to have fun with craft?
Do you have a toddler obsessed with power tools as well?