DIY Watercolor Canvas Tote Bag


To celebrate the sweet spring days ahead, I decided to create this watercolor canvas tote in the pastels of early daffodils, tulips and crocus.  Combining watercolors with stronger yellows and pinks made pretty combinations reminiscent of the garden this time of year. The two basic things you will need are your paints and a canvas.  In this case, I am using a canvas TOTE as my canvas! Supplies needed to make your own DIY watercolor canvas tote: Canvas Tote Bag (I {Read More}

DIY Birds on a Wire Canvas


I am going to start right out here by admitting that this is the first canvas I have painted. Ever. I am not a painter! So be gentle with me. That being said, I loved how my birds on a wire canvas turned out- and if I can do this, guess what? YOU CAN TOO. Supplies needed to make your own birds on a wire canvas art: 18×24″ Prestretched Artist Canvas Standing Wood Bird Figurine (2) 2mm Black Satin Rattail {Read More}

How to Transfer a Photo to Wood


Transferring a photo to wood is one of my favorite crafting techniques!  Transferring any image I want from paper to another surface is so much fun and surprisingly easy to do.  I’ve transferred images to fabric (here) and even on to painted surfaces (here).  Once you give this a try, I think you’ll find yourself looking for more ways to apply this technique! To begin with, know that you cannot use an image that comes from your ink jet printer {Read More}

How-to: Modern Tree Art


What do you get when you combine a painted canvas with Duck Tape?  Modern tree art, of course!  I was inspired by this polka dot circle tree from Crafts by Amanda.  My oldest daughter fell in love with it when she spied it on Pinterest.  I decided to add my own spin to it with a little Duck Tape.  After all, my daughter is going to decorate her new apartment in a safari theme….so lets break out the zebra and {Read More}

5 Minute Embellished Silhouette Cover

Embellished Silhouette Cover - Crafts Unelashed

I love crafting, but my craft space always seems to be a mess. Can you relate? I wanted to add a little fun and cutesy to my {messy} space so I thought, why not dress up a plain and simple dust cover for one of my favorite crafting tools… It’s such a quick and easy project, but it makes me smile and helps my space look a little more put together and inspiring! Supplies needed to make your own embellished Silhouette {Read More}

How to Gild Canvas

How to gild canvas - Crafts Unleashed

Do you remember this photo from my leather and barbell bracelet tutorial?  Notice that cool, shiny base the bracelet is sitting on?  Is that just paint?  Well, not so much.  Metallic paint can NOT hold a candle to the real thing.  That super shimmery finish comes from none other than GOLD.  Real gold.  Slivered off into the tiniest sheets of paper that are so light and fine, they feel like angel’s breath. That finish is created with sheets of gold {Read More}

Simple Patriotic {Reversible!} Pennant Bunting

Patriotic Pennant Bunting - Crafts Unleashed

This cute little patriotic pennant bunting takes about 20 minutes.  The supplies are inexpensive and the process is easy enough for beginners!  Let’s get started! Supplies needed to make your own pennant bunting: Canvas Triangles Chalk Markers (I used black on one side and red for my “patriotic” side) Canvas Ribbon, Scrap Binding or Scrap Fabric Hot Glue/Gun or Sewing Machine Tea or Coffee for Staining (optional!) Bleach and Paintbrush for Touch-ups (if needed!) I wanted my pennant bunting to blend {Read More}

DIY Valentine’s Day Canvas Bunting

Love bunting 2- Crafts Unleashed

I don’t normally decorate for Valentine’s Day. BUT. Have you seen these canvas bunting pieces? They make my heart pitter-patter. They were just calling out to be made into Valentine’s Day bunting. And I kept the bunting neutral enough that I won’t mind leaving it up after the holiday. Supplies needed to make your own canvas bunting: Small Piece of Fabric Silhouette Cameo or Other Cutting Machine Silhouette Heat Transfer Fabric Interfacing Silhouette Fabric Cutting Blade Two Types of Canvas {Read More}

DIY Canvas Art: Charcoal Silhouettes

DIY Canvas Art Silhouettes

With silhouettes all the rage and chalkboards even hotter, I wanted to jump on the trend, but with my own little DIY canvas art spin.  I decided to experiment with charcoal on canvas, creating  the same textured black as a well-used chalkboard. I have a basement stairway with a very tall, narrow ceiling that is perfect for a gallery space.  I’ve slowly been adding my work along with the kids work to this space, and these DIY canvas art charcoal {Read More}