Wednesday, March 9, 2011


In my last post, I shared with you how I've been adding Spring Decor on a Budget. If you missed the post and would love to catch up, click on the link below.

Today I'd like to share with you some more of my decor.

This piece of art has the same theme/colors as my bird cage.

I made this canvas art myself using some very inexpensive items.

Here's what I used...

1. A canvas picture from the dollar store
2. Napkins from the Marshall's store 
3. Mod Podge 
4. Gel glaze
5. White paint 

Here's what I started with - a canvas art from the dollar store.

I painted the canvas white first one direction, and then the opposite direction after the first coat dried to give it a canvas-like texture.

After the painted dried completely, I gave the entire surface a coat of glaze.  You can see how it adds texture.

I then took one of the napkins 
and separated the layers....leaving only the outside layer.

The next step was to apply Mod Podge to the canvas.

I then applied the napkin to the canvas, (I left a few wrinkles in the napkin to give it a more aged look) allowing it to dry completely.  After it was dry, I then applied 2 more coats of mod podge, brushing in different directions to give a canvas like look. 

After the final coat of mod podge was dry,
I applied another layer of glaze giving it an aged look.

Here it is sitting next to the birdcage I made over.

In the photo it looks a little yellow... but it isn't.  It looks aged but not yellow.

Total cost for this dollar store artwork makeover ~ $1.20 
not including the things I already had in the house.

I hope this inspires you to decorate for spring while staying a budget.


Linking to...
The Shabby Chic Cottage 
Beyond the Picket Fence-Under $100 Linky Party



  1. Just love it!!!!! It is stinking cute!!!!!

  2. Joy, this is so pretty! And clever! And a lovely celebration of spring!

  3. Such a clever idea. It looks great next to the bird cage.


  4. It looks really beautiful! No one would guess it cost a little over a dollar!

  5. Really cute, and so creative! I'm a new follower from the SYS blog hop - hope you will stop by and follow me back! : )

    Aimee @

  6. Great project. You have an adorable blog. I'll be back!

  7. looks great! Way to go, I havent seen the prints at the dollar store before but I will be looking next time I go!

  8. What a great idea!! Mod Podge is a great thing, your canvas turned out so pretty. Martina

  9. Joy that's so lovely. I have the same napkins in my craft room, waiting to be used. I was thinking about doing a candle up with them.

    Lisa x

  10. What vision you have! I love those napkins you used!

  11. Love this and all your ideas!!!
    I just recieved the Stylish Blogger Award and want to pass it on to you. Stop by my blog for the details.

  12. WOW, this looks great! The napkins are amazing and it looks like you spent a fortune on the finished product. Great job.

  13. I LOVE the look of this!! What a fabulous idea to use a napking. :) Thanks for the inspiration.


  14. Wow! I can't believed you used a napkin. It looks wonderful!! I'm new to your blog. Can't wait to look around.

  15. I love it! I was anxious to hear how you did the layering of the various elements and couldn't believe it was a napkin. Brilliant!

    We have the Dollar Tree here and I have never seen any canvases, but I will keep my eye out now!



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