Saturday, May 19, 2012

A gift for someone special tutorial

This year I decided to make the gift for my mother for Mother's Day.  I also needed to make a gift for a friend from her son.  So, I needed two gifts that would melt their hearts.  I saw an idea like this on Pinterest, but I decided to tweak it for my liking.  I thought this would be perfect.  I went to Micheal's and bought some letter stickers, paint, stencil, brushes, and a canvas.

Once I had everything I needed to make my project, I got started working on it.  I first started with painting the canvas.  I actually did two coats of paint.

Then I grabbed my stencil and starting painting.  I love the design of the stencil. 

This is how it looked after I took off the stencil.  I think it looks good!  I LOVE the damask design.

Once the paint dried, I laid the stencil down again and started painting.

This is how it came out.

Next, I added the words.

After a day I noticed the stickers were kinda peeling off so I ended up using Mod Podge over the stickers.  Then I painted my hands and Liam's hands.  Then I also painted my friend's son's hands. (which was difficult to do since he is so little)  Once the hands dried, I taped them to the back of the canvas.  The one I made for my mom looked okay with the handprints because my handprint is so big, but the one I did of my friend's I just tape to the back of the canvas.  The little tiny handprints with the canvas looked strange but I still wanted her to have them so I thought taping them to the back would be okay.  Here is how they turned out. 

My mom and my friend LOVED the art!!



  1. These are adorable!! I love the stencils and the colors you used turned out really nice! What a sweet gift!

    Lessons with Laughter

  2. So cute April!! I never use stencils - I'm afraid of them!! But yours turned out wonderfully!
    Rowdy in Room 300

    1. I had never used stencils before either, but it was pretty easy to do. (good thing it was) Thanks so much!


  3. Wow that is sooooo cute! I need to put more effort into being crafty!


    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog
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  4. These are so darn cute! Thanks for sharing this idea! I LOVE it!