How to Make An Easy DIY Canvas Art With Your Kids

This easy DIY Canvas Art is called a Hot Mess Canvas and it’s an easy Cricut project to do
with your kids.  Don’t let the name fool you, this project isn’t messy at all! 

DIY Hot Mess Canvas Art

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Crafting is my happy place.  And when I get to share my passion for crafting with my kids, life couldn’t get any better.

I’m always on the lookout for crafting projects I can do with my kids that don’t take a lot of time and don’t make a huge mess.

The name ‘Hot Mess‘ can be deceiving.  This DIY canvas art gets it’s ‘Hot Mess’ name because it doesn’t matter what the canvas looks like.  In fact, the messier the better.

Which makes this the perfect project to do with your kids.

Here’s what you’ll need:

DIY Hot Mess Canvas Art Supply List
DIY Hot Mess Canvas Art Supply List
SUpply list
  • Canvas – I used Artist’s Loft 8×10 canvas but you can use any canvas.  (Michaels, Amazon)
  • Foam Paint Brushes – (Michaels, Amazon)
  • Permanent Vinyl – It adheres to the canvas better than non-permanent vinyl, I use Oracle 651  (Michaels, Amazon)
  • Transfer Tape – I love Frisco Craft Transfer Tape, it’s the perfect amount of stickiness (Amazon)
  • Acrylic Paint – I used Craft Smart Premium Satin in Periwinkle, Pink Bliss, Lilac Blossom, and Pacific Coast (Michaels)
  • Cutting Machine: Cricut Maker, Explore or Silhouette Cameo (Michaels, Amazon)
  • Weeding Tool – (Michaels, Amazon)
  • Design – Use any design or download the You Don’t Have To Be Creative to Create design for free
STEP 1 – Paint your canvas

Using your paintbrush, paint your canvas with the 4-6 acrylic paint colors.  There isn’t a right or wrong way to do this.

My daughter painted hers with all four colors and then mixed it all up so it blended together.

Paint your DIY Hot Mess Canvas with acrylic paint
Painted with 4 colors of acrylic paint and mixed them all together.

Mine was painted with the same four colors but using brush strokes, so each color shows through when the canvas is complete.

Paint your DIY Hot Mess Canvas Art with acrylic paint
Painted with acrylic paint in brush strokes

Let the paint dry for a few hours.

Step 2 – Select your design and cut it out

Select your design and upload the SVG file to Design Space.  Make sure to size it appropriately for the canvas you’re using before cutting.  The best way to do this is to create a rectangle shape in the size of your canvas.

Create a rectangle the size of your canvas
Create a rectangle the size of your canvas

If you’re using a design like “You Don’t Have To Be Creative To Create“, Ungroup the design and place each line of the design the way you want them to appear on the canvas.

Next, select all layers including the rectangle (Command A or CTRL A) and select Align > Center Horizontally to ensure everything is centered on the canvas.

Align the quote horizontally to the canvas so everything is centered.
Align the quote horizontally to the canvas so everything is centered.

Next, select all of the layers for only the quote and select Align > Distribute Vertically to ensure everything is an equal distance apart.

Distribute the quote vertically to ensure the lines are an equal distance apart.
Distribute the quote vertically to ensure the lines are an equal distance apart.

With only the layers of the quote still selected, click Attach in the bottom right-hand corner of Design Space.  This will ensure the words stay in the exact spot you have them when you cut.

Select Attach to ensure the design cuts exactly how you have it in Design Space
Select Attach to ensure the design cuts exactly how you have it in Design Space

Cut out your design using the permanent vinyl.   There is no need to mirror the design.  We’ll be using transfer tape in the next step to transfer it over to the canvas.  

Step 3 – weed the design and put it on transfer tape

Using the weeding tool, weed your design by pulling out any pieces of the design you don’t need including the inside of letters, facial features or intricate details.

Cut out a piece of transfer tape the size of your design.   Place it over the design and burnish it using your hand or the scraper tool.

I love the Frisco Craft transfer tape because it has the perfect amount of stickiness but you do need to burnish hard to make sure the vinyl sticks to it.

My daughter loved picking out her design and then getting to push the button on the cutting machine.

Select your design, cut it out and transfer it using transfer tape.
Select your design, cut it out and transfer it using transfer tape.
Step 4 – Place Your Design

Once the paint is dry, place your design on your canvas.  Again you’re going to have to burnish pretty hard to ensure the vinyl sticks to your canvas so you can peel off the transfer tape.

Tip:  Use a blow dryer to place some heat on the vinyl which will also help make it stick.  While this isn’t HTV vinyl, the heat helps transfer it onto the canvas.

Place the vinyl on your canvas

Place the vinyl on your canvas

These are looking really good!  You’ll be tempted just to keep it like this but it gets better so let’s move on to the next step.

STEP 5 – Paint over your canvas

Now it’s time to completely paint over your canvas.  Traditionally, you paint over it with white paint.

Paint over the entire canvas with white paint
Paint over the entire canvas with white paint

However, my daughter insisted on covering her canvas in black, insisted!

Or try black paint!
Or try black paint!

Let the canvas dry for a few hours.

Step 6 – Weed the design off of the canvas

Once the canvas is dry, take your weeding tool and remove the design.  Be careful not to poke any holes in the canvas.

And viola! you just made a Hot Mess Canvas.

Beautiful DIY Hot Mess Canvas Art

The end product with the canvas covered in black actually turned out really beautiful!  I can’t wait to make another one and cover mine in black.

DIY Hot Mess Canvas Art in Black

Your Turn

Which do you like better?  Are you leaning towards the white paint or black paint for your canvas?  Share in the comments below.

I’d love to see your finished masterpiece.  Send me an email or tag me on Instagram!

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How to Make an Easy DIY Canvas Art Project With Your Kids

4 thoughts on “How to Make An Easy DIY Canvas Art With Your Kids

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  2. This is a great tutorial. I love that your daughter insisted on black because it worked so beautifully. It’s pretty amazingly creative. Great job.

  3. I love them both!!! The saying on the one but the unexpectedness is the black makes me smile!!! And what a cutie!!!

  4. Ok, you’ve convinced me this won’t be a messy, time consuming, difficult project! I’m looking for things to do this last week of vacation while the kids are home and I have everything we need to do this.

  5. such a great idea and cute tutorial! I definitely need to try this with my daughter!

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