Get crafty! Typography painting

typography painting craft

Where they sit until I frame them

We had plans to do a little screen printing on some shirts today but we didn’t get started on a craft until late in the afternoon, so we went with this easy, fun and really cool painting project.

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • a canvas – we went with small square ones but this is going to be so cool when I do a BIG one for our wall.
  • acrylic paints
  • repositionable stick on letters (push them down hard for no bleeding…although ours bled and I think it looks cool)
  • paint brushes (one to use with paint and another for dry brushing after you’ve painted

supplies for typography craft

The how-to

let them loose...

  1. Choose a word or saying, depending on how big your canvas is
  2. Apply the letters to the canvas to create your saying. You can have them go straight or be random, just have fun. My 7-year-old applied his own letters. I applied my daughter’s, although she wanted to. Next time…
  3. Make sure the edges of the letters are down pretty good
  4. Then get to painting. This where you can let your little one go wild. There’s no wrong or right and they can have fun making messy art.
  5. Once they’ve covered the canvas with paint, including over the stick on letters, go over it in sweeping motions with the dry paint brush. This gives it that surreal feeling.
  6. Clean up and let it dry.
  7. Once dry, pull up the stuck on letters and you should have a cool typography painting that any Mom would be more than proud to hang! {seriously, I’m in love with them!}


Sure, the paint bled a little…we could go over it in white paint if I was a perfectionist (I’m not), and one of my daughter’s “I”s went cooky and crooked, but I love them just the same and I can’t wait to do more!

I plan on putting these in white frames…they’re going to look so good in our little beach shack.

Things I love

  • Easy to do. If you are short on time, this is a fun fast craft with cool results
  • Teaches letters, color combos and patience
  • Little clean up (we did it outside with ripped open brown paper bags as a drop cloth)
  • Great for gifts and holidays

Have fun! Let me know what you think and feel free to pin away!

*I got this idea from the magazine, “Create With Me, Artistic Adventures with Children.” The tutorial was by fashion blogger and mama Brandy at 


  1. sarah!! I’m just getting caught up on your blog. You’ve been busy mama!!! I LOVE these and I am totally going to do some huge ones for our house. I was thinking in the canvas aisle at ACE the other day what I could do. This is perfect. ps- the shot of your family on bamboo isn’t supposed to be framed. That’s the reason I put it on Bamboo, so you can see it when you walk by!!
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    • Yeah, the photo you did of us isn’t framed…I’m framing (yes, still haven’t done it) the crafts the kids did…not your photo!

  2. So cool, it is a great quick crafting project
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  3. Love these! They came out great. I’m totally inspired to make a set for my baby boy’s ocean-themed nursery! Thanks for the great idea.
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  4. Oooh so pretty! I’m such a sucker for greens and blues. So simple and sweet. Perfect for the modern beach house. Love it!
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  5. Love! Came out so pretty with the ocean colors and love the idea of using the stick on letters.
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  6. Love This and am totally goin to combine it with another idea for my hubs for Vday!


  8. I LOVE it!!!!! It’s so cute and a great quick crafting project! Maybe one day when I have some time, I’ll make some. I’m not that creative, but this seems simple enough. *crossing my fingers*
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  9. I love the way they look! So cool.
    Can you do a compilation of all these crafts in the late spring early summer to get us ready for summer vacation? You’ve given such great ideas, I don’t want to forget them!
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    • What a great idea Deirdre! Yes, I’ll do that, for sure! I’m really enjoying this time each week with the kids, glad you are liking the series! Mahalo!

  10. Great job!
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