Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pinwheel Canvas

As I shared in my gallery wall reveal and update, I have plans to expand the gallery to include a few crafts. I want to keep things visually interesting by not just including photos--plus I have some mementos from the big day, like our personalized napkins and programs, that I want to showcase as well. 

Some of those mementos are the many pinwheels that my sister, bridesmaids, and I lovingly made to cover the bulletin boards at our reception site. Here's what they looked like all dolled up that day:

{photo by Heather Breshears Photography}

I promise I'm sharing more details of the wedding--I'm saving that for our six month anniversary in July! :)

I wanted to replicate the look of the bulletin boards on a smaller scale for our gallery wall, so I decided to make a pinwheel-covered canvas!

And here's how you can make your own!


  • Canvas in your desired size (I picked up a 2 pack of 8 x 10 canvases on sale at Michael's--they regularly have specials on these)
  • Scrapbook paper (I used 8 small pinwheels, which takes 4 sheets of paper, and 5 extra small ones, which takes 2 sheets of paper)
  • Hot glue gun

  • First, make your pinwheels following the steps that I shared in this post :) As I said above, I needed 13 total to cover my 8 x 10 canvas--8 small and 5 extra small. You'll obviously need to make more if you want to cover a larger canvas. You can also make larger pinwheels to cover more space.
  • Now gather your pinwheels and canvas. Play around with a layout on the canvas by piling your pinwheels on until you like what you see. You'll need to layer the pinwheels to be able to cover the whole canvas. Remember to take a picture so that you remember how you want the final product to look!
  • Once you have your desired layout ironed out, remove the pinwheels and start gluing on the bottom layer. Since there's not a flat surface on the pinwheel, you'll need to apply a big glob of hot glue in order for it to stick. 

  • Once you've finished gluing the entire bottom layer, keep on gluing until all the pinwheels are on the canvas! Be sure to cover all the white spots.

And that's it :) An easy peasy craft that perfectly showcases our carefully made pinwheels, I think! I can't wait to see it nestled among our wedding photos. Next, I plan to make a shadowbox, a canvas monogram, and to add some of our honeymoon photos to the wall.



I really love how the project turned out! Imagine how cool it would look with a larger canvas, too--perfect wall art for a nursery, playroom, or fun craft studio!

Linking up to Tatertots & Jello for the Weekend Wrap-up party!

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1 comment:

  1. I have recently become addicted to the pinwheels, they are great and love the canvas!Thanks for sharing! I am a new follower!
    Hope you are having a great weekend!


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