DIY Canvas Art Tutorial: Paper Heart Collage

Posted by Lindsey Brown on Sunday, February 10, 2013 Under: Tutorial
Today I'm sharing the second of five easy DIY Canvas Art project tutorials.   I have to apologize for not having a great photo of my canvas to share.  I've included a quick copy of an instagram photo I posted and also included my inspiration from one of the blogs I follow on a regular basis.  

Again, the base of these projects is an inexpensive 16"x20" canvas that can be purchased in the craft section of your local dollar store.  (I found mine at Dollarama for $2!)  Other supplies and resources will be posted in each set of instructions.   This can easily be tweaked to suit your own colour scheme or whatever season you're celebrating!

Paper Heart Collage Canvas

        My inspiration. Source: Cozy.Cottage.Cute

 Supplies Needed:
  • 16"x20" Canvas (dollar store or craft store)
  • Assorted scrapbook papers or other decorative paper  (found at craft stores, dollar store, walmart, discount stores, etc.)
  • Heart punch (Walmart, Michael's) or scissors
  • Glue gun or white glue
  • Ruler, pencil, chalk, or painter's tape (optional)

First, select the patterned papers you'd like to use for your hearts.  I used 8 different patterns.  The paper I used was a valentine themed 12"x12" pad of cardstock weight paper I found at Winners.  You could use digital paper that you can print yourself if you don't want to invest in actual scrapbook papers.  Just search for "free digital paper" in Google or Pinterest.

Use your paper punch or scissors to cut out as many hearts as you need.  For more dimension, I used two hearts layered for each part of the collage.  I used a total of 40 hearts (20 sets) punched from the 8 patterns.  If you are hand cutting, try to keep your hearts as even as possible. 

Arrange hearts on your canvas in whatever "pattern" you desire.  To line them up you can use a ruler and chalk or pencil, or even painters tape to create an even grid.  Ah, math... if math isn't your thing or you have a pretty good eye, you can skip this step.  I used painter's tape to create my grid and just eye-balled it.  My grid was based on the canvas having a landscape orientation and my hearts were 5 across by 4 down.  The grid helps you to keep your lines and columns evenly aligned.

Once you have your grid laid out, grab your glue (I opted for the glue gun - less dry time) and affix the bottom of each set of hearts to your canvas.  Fold the second heart of each set in half (inwards) to create a vertical line or spine on the 
back.  Add some glue to the spine and attach to the base heart of the same pattern.   Once you've done this with all 40 hearts (or 20 sets) your canvas is complete!  

Just think of how you could change this up depending on where your using it - stars in a little boy nursery, butterflies, flowers, etc.  Punches are available in a multitude of shapes.  They can be pricey for a one-time project, so use a 40% coupon at Michaels, check Kijiji, or ask a friend if you can borrow.   

Voilà!  A simple, pretty, inexpensive seasonal décor item created in minutes.    

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