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Easy DIY Word Canvas Art Project for Kids & Adults

Learn how to create a simple word canvas craft idea

Are you looking for an easy project for kids of all ages to make? This simple word canvas craft project is such a great gift idea. Update those blank canvases the next time you need something for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or Father’s Day.

Easy canvas idea for kids pointing to painted canvas with words and arrow pointed to black and white canvas with arrow and text saying for adults.

Not only is this an easy art idea for kids, but it can be customized for adults as well. Make sure you read the whole post to see how you can take the same craft idea and change it no matter which family member is creating it.

Canvas crafts are great for younger children to develop fine motor skills

My toddler and preschooler made this word canvas art for my husband for Father’s Day. My youngest had no problem working with her older brother to complete these steps. I would say this is a FABULOUS preschool canvas painting idea!!

The best part is that this won’t be a classic cookie cutter craft. Each child can create their own masterpiece and have fun doing it. Painting, handling the small wooden letters and even sorting the letters help develop fine motor skills.

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***Don’t miss at the end where I show you to make a more professional looking and easy word art for any room in your house.***

Make choosing the words and finding the letters fun

Child painting wooden letter for DIY word art

Because I was doing this easy canvas art project with younger children, picking out the wooden letters was an activity in itself. I ALWAYS love when we can turn any art project into another type of learning activity.

Even if for now they think you spell love, W-U-V. I need to remember to cherish the moments and thought my husband would also appreciate the WUV!

How to pick colors before you start?

Make sure you provide your little ones with colors that mix well together. Colors next to each other on the color wheel will work well. You can also add white paint to any color scheme to get a variety of tints.

Check out how we created cards with this easy watercolor project for kids using the same color mixing concept.

For our project, my son chose BLUE and my daughter chose red. Therefore, since they chose primary colors, it made it pretty simple for me!

If you want a little fun video to show your kids about color mixing before you start, go ahead and check this color mixing video out!

Colors that are next to each other on the color wheel will work such as 2 of the primary colors. Then add white paint to make tints of the colors. 

Yield: canvas craft idea

Make A Word Canvas Craft For Kids and Adults

Easy canvas idea for kids pointing to painted canvas with words and arrow pointed to black and white canvas with arrow and text saying for adults.

Personlize this canvas craft idea with your favorite song, quote or saying. Children and adults can easily create their own masterpiece to display in your home.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost under $10


  • Paintbrushes
  • Adults: Spray Paint


  1. Pick out the saying that you want to be on your canvas. We decided to spell, “I WUV DAD”. Partially because I couldn’t find another E and also because that is how my little kiddos say, “Love”. Toddlers picking out wooden letters.
  2. Paint the letters using the main colors (not white). You want there to be some contrast between the words and the background. I liked the idea that our canvas art is all similar colors.  However, you could always use one set of colors for the letters and one set for the background. Children painting wooden letters for DIY word art canvas project
  3. Once the wooden letters are painted, set them aside. Give each child a squirt of white paint next to "his or her" color. Naturally, my kids mixed the paints as they worked together to paint the canvas. Two toddlers painting canvas using red, blue and white paints
  4. Allow all parts to dry. Once canvas and letters are dry, carefully use glue to collage the pieces to create the final DIY word canvas. Glue bottle being used to glue the wooden letters on to a painted canvas craft made by kids.
  5. Let dry and give to that special family member. purple and red painted canvas by kids with wooden letters on it that say I wuv dad.
  6. Optional: Use a clear coat or mod podge to seal the canvas.


TIP: When kids keep painting in the same area, gently rotate the canvas or paper so that they will work in a different area. Kids (especially younger ones), do not know when to stop, but it is because they are having so much FUN painting and making a masterpiece of a canvas!

Did you make this DIY project?

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Commonly asked questions

Should you use acrylic or tempera paint with young children?

Acrylic paint is more permanent and will stick to the canvas better. However, that also means it could stain clothing and be harder to clean up. Washable tempera paint is a safer bet, but some areas may chip off over time.

What is a gallery-wrapped canvas?

We love gallery-wrapped canvases because the staples are hidden in the back and the edges are deeper. Simply paint the entire canvas including the edges and there is no need to frame it! They are more expensive though so that might persuade you otherwise. Pay attention to sales where you can sometimes get them 60% off at Michaels and other craft stores.

Can I use a different surface besides canvas?

Canvas boards would be a good cheaper alternative.

Optional final step to seal canvas craft

I did not do this, but that is because my husband proudly took this word canvas art to his office before I could. You could use a clear spray or different types of mod podge (I love this one).

This product will help add a cool shine or cohesiveness to the art project. If you use washable paint a spray may work better as you could possibly smear what your child created.

Even a clear gloss spray paint would add a little more extra protection. In addition, it would hide any extra glue that may have slipped out from under the wooden letters onto the canvas.

And just like that

DIY Word canvas for adults and kids: 2 art projects from 1 idea

You have a WONDERFUL DIY word art that is sure to make any dad, grandparent or mom feel special!

Easy Canvas Idea #2

At the beginning of this article, I stated how you can also use the same children’s canvas art idea to create your own FABULOUS DIY word canvas that would fit any home decor. Here is how I added two simple black and white word canvas artworks for our master bathroom.

Yes, I could have painted anything I wanted for there. However, I wanted a simple and easy canvas art above our toilet!

Black and white word art canvases made with wooden letters and spray paint

How to create a easy DIY canvas for your home decor

  • Use quotes or your favorite song for the words on your canvas
  • After the glue dries, use black and white spray paint to cover all parts of the canvas. It does take a few coats.
  • The trick to making this DIY word canvas art is to make sure that you use spray paint from many different angles. You want to make sure that the wooden letters and canvas are completely covered!

My husband and I decided to use a song by the Beatles as the wording. We simply glued all the wooden letters onto the canvas using craft glue or my favorite type of Elmer’s glue!

zoomed in word canvas art with white wooden letters glued on white canvas

Some of you may think it is odd that I have a FAVORITE type of glue…

but it is from years of experience. I have many more favorite art supplies for kids (and adults, too!) that I recommend all the time!

I absolutely LOVE when DIY art projects can be for adults or for kids.

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If you love art projects that can be for both kids or adults! Be sure to check out some of my other DIY home projects and DIY art projects.

The DIY Project Challenge

When my kids first made this DIY canvas art for my husband, I didn’t realize I was already fitting this month’s theme for a DIY project challenge. Each month, my awesome DIY blogger friends get together and create projects based on a theme. The project must cost under $50!

This month’s theme was to use wood and any other material to create a DIY project. Well…I did just that without even realizing it!

For past challenges, I have redone a Midcentury Modern dresser, experimented with marbling paint techniques and created no-sew DIY storage boxes.

These DIY ladies sure know how to create amazing things on a budget!

For this month’s project, I even had all the supplies here from past DIY and art projects. The joys of being a DIY nut.

I cannot wait to see what the other ladies of the DIY project challenge have come up with! We always have such different and unique interpretations of the theme. I hope you enjoy exploring their DIY sites as much as I do!

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This DIY canvas word art project truly shows that art is for everyone!

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Jennifer Van Haitsma

Friday 29th of May 2020

These are so cute! I would never have thought to do this. My kids would love it. They love painting!


Friday 29th of May 2020

Hi Jennifer! Thanks for the kind words. These are a super easy word canvas project to do. I just love that I was able to get a simple DIY artwork for our bathroom and then one that the kids were able to do for Father's Day!

Jenn Summers

Wednesday 7th of August 2019

Such a cute idea! I love that it is kid-friendly but can also be used to create an easy work of art for a great home decor piece! Great tutorial love it!


Thursday 8th of August 2019

Hi, Jenn. My kids loved making this for their dad! I also love that I have simple and easy artworks for my bathroom.


Thursday 1st of August 2019

You are so very good at crafts and I lack that spark. I think I should give this a try


Friday 2nd of August 2019

Hi Supriya. You can TOTALLY do this DIY craft. It is a super easy craft for adults or kids! Good luck!


Wednesday 31st of July 2019

I love this idea! It teaches spelling at the same time as creating art. I absolutely love it!

Sandi Schwartz

Wednesday 10th of July 2019

Hi Erin, this looks like a super fun project. Do you have any DIY project ideas for nature drawing or nature painting for kids? I just wrote a post about why nature art projects are such a great relaxation tool.


Wednesday 10th of July 2019

Hi Sandi! I do love art and nature projects as well. Right now I don't have a specific one my blog but have done nature-inspired art projects in the past. I will have to think about adding one soon!

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