How to Make Monogram Canvases

by Jackie Mo

I made two of these for me and my roommate for college next year.


  • 1 9 by 12 in canvas
  • 2 Acrylic paint
  • 2 Foam brushes
  • 2 Paper plate
  • 1 Large wood letter (last initial)
  • 2 Small wood letters (first and middle initials)
  • 1 Ribbon in same color as paint for letters
  • 1 Hot glue gun
  • 1 Glue for gun
  • Newspaper for work surface
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Choose your colors. I coordinated mine with the colors my roommate and I chose for our bedding.

    Step 2

    Gather your supplies. I found everything at Michael's

    Step 3

    Using a small amount of acrylic paint from a paper plate, paint your canvas. Try to paint in one direction and make sure to paint the outer rims of the canvas as well.

    Step 4

    Since I did two I painted my other canvas as well, using long strokes and thin coats. Remember, you can always do a second coat!

    Step 5

    I did add a second coat to my green canvas to make it look more even.

    Step 6

    Paint your letters. I found it helpful to hold them using a paper towel when I was almost done. Coat your brush and push the tip into crevices to ensure an even coat.

    Step 7

    Once finished, lay your letters out to dry by your canvases.

    Step 8

    Make sure there are no bubbles in any of the paint and wait at least a half hour before continuing.

    Step 9

    Affix the letters to the canvas using a hot glue gun. Be sure to apply them quickly or they will not stick. Flip your canvas and press on the backs to make the glue stronger.

    Step 10

    Cut a long enough piece of ribbon. Apply hot glue to the very edges and affix them to the insides of your canvas, pressing down by rolling a pencil eraser over the glue (it is hot!).

    Step 11

    Allow to dry and voila! Adorable monogrammed dorm decorations for less than $20 each!!