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Puff Paint Thanksgiving Wall Art

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Like I mentioned last week, I've decided that, once I get my Halloween decorations down and put away, I'm going to stick to a neutral fall palette for Thanksgiving. Lots of jute, burlap, and white pumpkins.

I was trying to come up with an easy way to make some Thanksgiving wall art, and I remembered a tutorial that I pinned from Better Homes and Gardens a while ago that talked about using puff paint to fake embroidery on a pillow.

Make this cool Thanksgiving Wall Art with just a canvas, freezer paper and some puff paint!

And the lightbulb went off. Why couldn't I do something similar, just on a canvas? (Spoiler alert: I could! And I did!)

Supplies for Simple Thanksgiving Wall Art

  • Canvas
  • Burlap {Note: I have seen burlap-wrapped canvases at Walmart and Michael's, so you could always start with one of those instead of wrapping your own. I just used what I had on hand.}
  • Hot glue gun
  • Freezer paper
  • Iron
  • White puff paint

Make this cool Thanksgiving Wall Art with just a canvas, freezer paper and some puff paint!

To start, cut a piece of burlap about 2" larger on each side than your canvas.

Make this cool Thanksgiving Wall Art with just a canvas, freezer paper and some puff paint!

Wrap the burlap around the canvas, gluing it to the back. Be super careful, though, because the hot glue goes right through the burlap and can burn you. Not that I know this from experience or anything...

Make this cool Thanksgiving Wall Art with just a canvas, freezer paper and some puff paint!

Decide what shape you want to use. I used a leaf template (found here), but you could use a pumpkin, a turkey, or even words to form a saying. Trace your template onto a piece of freezer paper, cut it out, and then iron it to your burlap. This technique is pretty much the same as the one I use to do freezer paper stencils.

Make this cool Thanksgiving Wall Art with just a canvas, freezer paper and some puff paint!

Then, just start dotting on your puff paint! Put a ton of dots right around the outline of your picture, and then spread them out as you get farther out. Don't worry if it's not perfect, this isn't a perfect kind of project. Besides, once you peel the freezer paper off, your eye will be drawn more to the negative space of the leaf shape than to the actual dots.

Make this cool Thanksgiving Wall Art with just a canvas, freezer paper and some puff paint!

Once you're happy with the paint dots, set the canvas aside to dry. The bottle of paint I used said the paint dried in 4 hours, but I waited about 5 until I peeled off the freezer paper, and a few of the larger dots were still a bit wet. If you could wait overnight, that would be even better.

Make this cool Thanksgiving Wall Art with just a canvas, freezer paper and some puff paint!

When your paint has dried completely, carefully peel off your freezer paper and set your new artwork out for display! If there are any spots that you think need a bit more paint, then feel free to go back with your paint bottle and add a few more dots.

Would you make yours with a leaf template or another harvest motif?

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Hi, I’m Jenn. I’m a freelance writer and editor who lives in central Pennsylvania with my husband and three boys. Yeah. That’s a lot of testosterone in one house. I love decorating, DIYing, crafting, baking, and cooking, and I’m constantly scouring everything I see for inspiration. My ideas can come from anywhere: Pinterest, books, magazines, stores, TV shows, websites, other blogs, other people’s homes, nature. You name it, and I’ve gotten an idea from it. {Literally. I selected the color scheme for our family room from a pocket pack of tissues. Totally not making that up.} I hope to teach others that, if you really pay attention to the world around you, you can get inspiration from anything! I love to hear from readers, so be sure to leave me a comment! Or, if you’d prefer to email me, you can do that too — just visit my contact form. Thanks for stopping by!

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