Everyone is born creative and children are living proof of this. Many people lose their creative nature as they get older, but there’s no reason why you can’t get back into the creative spirit. Luckily, you don’t need to be Pablo Picasso or Rembrandt to create simple yet effective DIY canvas art ideas. These canvas art pieces can complement your interests, your family or the décor of your home.
You’ll also find some more challenging DIY canvas art ideas in here too, if you’re up to being a little more advanced. This is of course a great read for those who are artists as well – either as a hobby or a profession. Even the most artistic people can find themselves struggling for inspiration.
This list of awesome DIY canvas art ideas will hopefully inspire you to pick up some paint, a keyword, some glue or even a potato… ready to create!
- DRIP PAINTING
On her blog Take the Side Street, Anna lets some paint drip down the canvas to create stripes. Sounds too easy, but art doesn’t need to be complex to be awesome!
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Drip Painting
- SIMPLE PAINTING TRANSFORMATION
On her crafty blog Katrina’s Baguettes, Katrina shows us how to transform an old painting into something completely new.
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Circle
- FABRIC ART WALL HANGING
For one of the more unique DIY canvas art ideas, glue fabric to canvas to match the décor of your house. All People Quilt show you how it’s done.
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Fabrics
- PHOTO COLLAGE
We love showing off our canvas app, which is a super-easy way to create gorgeous photo collages. This butterfly is from our Silhouette Collection. It’s perfect for family photos, baby photos or even photos of flowers from your own garden.
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Butterfly
- DIY CANVAS ART TEXTURED
Jessica from Happy Together has mixed some paints and modeling paste to create an interesting textured painting – and shows you how you can too!
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Textured
- ART HEARTS
Blogger Jen from IHeart Organizing has cut out a bunch of different coloured heart shapes and created a series of artworks with colour charts. She makes this DIY ‘how to’ look way too easy!
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Art Hearts
- CALENDAR ART
Tamara of Etcetorize loves shoes! So she’s cut some out of calendars and placed them on canvas. Recycling for the win! Also, what a wonderful idea for a fashion workshop or store. Eat your heart out Andy Warhol.
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Calendar
- GOLD CHEVRON PAINTINGS
Jess from Jess Lively used tape to create an interesting artwork featuring jagged line stencils to paint over in bronze. It makes for a stunning, high-impact result.
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Gold Chevron
- FAMILY PORTRAIT
Laura from Corner House combines a big heart with big talent to create this piece – a tree branch and birds representing members of her family. She will keep adding more birds to the painting with every new addition to the family. 1,2,3 … Awwww. An idea like this would complement one of our canvas family portraits very well – a great way to mix up your decor.
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Branches Birds
- SECTIONED CANVAS WALL ART
Thao’s a photographer who’s printed one of her photos of flowers and divided it into nine small canvas prints. Not as crafty as this Adorkable Duo? Create your own 3×3 split canvas photo print online instead, with our easy-to-use template .
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Sectioned
- CANVAS ART WITH CONCENTRIC CIRCLES
Kacey’s colourful circles are a delight! She was inspired by a similar painting by a Russian abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky to create this piece for her kitchen. Check out how she did it on her blog Stay At Home Artist.
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Colourful Colorful
- STRIPES, STRIPES, STRIPES
Michelle from 4 Men 1 Lady has applied tape and paint to create stripes to match the décor and colouring of her home perfectly. What a statement!
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Stripes
- PAPER PIECED FLOWER CANVAS ART
Sarah from Craft Warehouse has used scrapbook pages to cut out flower petal shapes for this piece. You could also use spare wrapping paper from Christmas or birthdays to create a similar look.
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Flower
- HERRINGBONE WALL ART
More scrapbook art (or Christmas/Birthday wrapping paper art) has been placed by Linda in a neat pattern to create this eye catching collage featured on Burlap & Blue.
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Herringbone
- PAPER SCRAP WALL ART
Patricia from A Little Hut has created some 3D wall art out of paper shapes with folds at the bottom so the shapes literally stick out of the canvas! You’ll need a lot of patience to finish off this one, but it would totally be worth the effort!
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Paper Scraps
- HONEYCOMB NURSERY WALL CANVAS
Amy’s clever alphabet honeycomb piece with a bee replacing the letter B is perfect for any nursery, or even a childcare centre! Get a step by step guide at Positively Splendid.
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Honeycomb
- DIY CANVAS ART
At first glance, this looks like giant black circles trying to get in through the window! But we can all relax because it’s only Christy’s clever piece depicted on four canvases. She was keen to create a focal point in her living area to distract from the walls needing a new coat of paint. Missioned accomplished! Check it out at Beach Brights.
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Canvas Art
- CHEAP & EASY CANVAS ART
Mindy of Finding Silver Linings has created something new out of something old and dusty. Simple and quick too!
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Printed
- PYRAMID PAINTING
If you’re a fan of triangles like I am, you won’t mind spending half a day painting triangles on potatos and stamping them onto canvas like Lola has done.
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Pyramid Painting
- CIRCLE LABELS
It’s time to visit your favourite stationery goods store! Cortney from Just Kali Rae has used circle shaped labels to create this golden delight.
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Circle Labels
- ABSTRACT GROUCHO MARX
Kristin of Kristen F David Designs has swirled a paint brush around skilfully on canvas to decorate her home with this abstract artwork she has called Groucho Marx. We have a feeling this is harder than it looks!
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Abstract Groucho Marx
- CHILDREN’S HANDPRINT ART
We’re all familiar with handprint and footprint art, but check out this creative piece from Fab Art DIY. Once created, you could even scan it and use it as part of a canvas photo collage.
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Children’s Handprints
- DIY CANVAS ART BRUSH
It’s surprising how a quick dab of a brush can cretate some amazing patterns, as demonstrated by Emily. Her choice to use silver/grey paint has created a classy piece of art.
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Silver Brush
- PET ART PRINT
Cheryl of Everyday Dishes & DIY has cleverly made some stencils by cutting out the shape of a dog from a photo and creating a variety of patterned dog images. Love it, but think it’s too hard? Then you’ll love our DIY paw print. Create it online now!
DIY Canvas Art Ideas – Pet Print