Simple canvas painting with vinyl for kids

There is never a shortage of energy with kids, so having some fun activities to keep them busy and occupied can always help! Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a simple canvas painting with vinyl for kids.

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simple canvas painting with vinyl for kids

Canvas Painting with Vinyl Finishes

There are lots of ways to do canvas paint and vinyl crafts with kids.  This is one way that my kids and I did.  They really enjoyed it.  We also did another one, that you can find here, that was equally enjoyable and messy.

What You Need:

  1. canvas – any size will work, but don’t go too big.   
  2. paint
  3. vinyl decal – I do this using my Cricut, but there are many ways you can do this.

Let’s Begin!

Messy Painting First

For this painting activity, we directly squirted some paint onto the canvas.  No point wasting a paper plate or an egg carton to hold the paint.

Once you have selected several colors, make a small blob of it on the canvas.  We did 4 different colors.  And the kids just want to town moving the paint around. 

simple canvas painting with vinyl for kids

We used a bit too much paint, so it all just combined into one color.  If I had helped control the paint portions, it would have been a better distribution of paint, as seen here.

simple canvas painting with vinyl for kids

We are currently in a glitter phase at our house, so everything needs glitter.  So when the painting was finished, it was necessary to sprinkle several pounds of glitter on the paint.  

This is very messy as glitter gets everywhere.  

But right now it’s required, so we went ahead and did it.

simple canvas paint with glitter

Remove Excess Glitter

Once the paint is dry and all of the glitter application is done, in a location where there is no wind or air vents, lift the canvas up and let all of the glitter fall off the canvas.  Most of it will fall off. Some will stay. 

simple canvas painting with vinyl

Cut Your Decal

I’m not very skilled when it comes to designing my own pictures, so I find some on the internet to use.  

If you have a Cricut and want to make a vinyl one as I did, follow this tutorial, just stop before I change the setting to draw, and then proceed to cut.  Once it’s cut you will need to weed the design.  

You can also buy decals online or at a store to use as well.

My daughter is really into reindeer right now, so this is what we picked.

vinyl decal

Apply The Decal

If it’s a simple design, you can just peel it, but I like to use transfer paper.  This gives me the ability to make sure it’s in the perfect spot before I place it on the canvas.

Once you have the perfect spot, adhere the decal to the canvas.  You will need to burnish it onto the canvas.  I find that when I’m just using regular canvas (as opposed to reverse canvas), I burnish it on the backside to help it stick to the canvas.  Otherwise, there is nothing behind it to apply the needed pressure.

simple canvas painting with vinyl for kids

And That’s It! You’re Done!

simple canvas painting with vinyl

Notes to remember for when making a simple canvas painting with vinyl for kids:

  1. Remember to size the canvas according to your kids’ age. A 5-6-year-old can work on a 10×8, to a 12×10 canvas comfortably. Anything bigger will be a challenge to finish. For example, a 14×10 canvas is too big for a 5-6-year-old. Unless you want this craft to go one for 2-3 days… which you probably don’t.
  2. This works well in the spring/summer months if you can set up the painting station outside so that you have less mess to clean up in the house.
  3. If you use glitter, I recommend throwing the excess glitter away.  No one will know.  And I have yet to see the day where my kids use glitter that is combined with the glitter of another color.  I would love for them to use this extra glitter as I now have a mason jar full of multi-colored glitter.
  4. If you use glitter, you may find it hard for any vinyl decal to stick really well.  If this is the case, you can always use mod podge and apply a layer on top to keep the decal on the canvas.  This will add another possible day to complete the craft.

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This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. Loyce Loca

    This seems fun… Will definitely try it out with nieces and nephews. They love glitter and drawing as well

    1. Katherine

      My kids loved this so much they had to hang them up over their bed. Now they wake up every morning with some extra glitter in their lives.

  2. Wendie

    Glitter??? I’m in! LOL! I’m going to send this to my cousin that loves these projects with her littles

    1. Katherine

      My kids love glitter! I really tried to discourage it, but I lost that battle. But the littles always love glitter!

  3. Elle Muse

    We’re running out of ideas to keep the kids entertained. Thank you for sharing it 🙂

    1. Katherine

      This is a fun craft for kids! My kids loved it! They keep asking to do it again and again. They have several on their walls to admire and remind them they want to make more.

    1. Katherine

      My kids love glitter. I have it everywhere. And you can never clean it all up. We all wake up with glitter on us a few times a week. But the kids love it, so we carry on!

      1. Kimberlie

        I cannot wait to try this canvas painting on a wet or cold day with my son. Such a great idea that kids will love.

        1. Katherine

          It’s super fun! We’ve also just painted the canvas and used stickers on top instead…. although they do get carried away with stickers!

  4. Sasha

    I spoke need to get a new Cricut just for the vinyl gun!! This looks so fun!

    1. Katherine

      This was lots of fun for the kids. They had a blast, and they really made some beautify designs.

  5. Erin

    This is a super cute idea that my daughter would love!

    1. Katherine

      It was soooo much fun! My kids keep asking to do it again and again! I’m running out of canvas!

  6. Paige

    Can’t wait to get my Cameo out and try this with our kids!

    1. Katherine

      You have to do it! It’s so much fun! Let me know how it turns out!

  7. Maureen

    I like how this project involves multimedia, between the paint, glitter, and vinyl. Plus, kids would love being able to select an SVG design of whatever they are into at the moment to really customize the project.

    1. Katherine

      My kids plan all weekend which SVG they want to use. They will search and plan end thing. It’s a whole event! and it’s so much fun!

  8. tiff

    I never thought about adding vinyl to a canvas. Definitely will have to try.

    1. Katherine

      It is worth a try! And if you don’t have vinyl, stickers work like a charm as well! We have more stickers than we can imagine, so they get put on as well!

  9. Carrie Pankratz

    I love this idea. I have always decorated the kids’ bathroom with their artwork. Over the years, I have given them paint, scrapbook paper, and mod podge… I never even thought about using my Cricut for this!

    1. Katherine

      I fear we are slowly running out of wall space, but good thing Grandma has lots of room! And I’m sure as they get older the old pictures come down and new ones come up. It is so much fun, you really should try it!

    1. Katherine

      You need to try this out! Let me know how it goes!

  10. Mpinane

    Well the several pounds of glitter still made a great finished product. This is such a great idea that I will be trying with my god daughters.

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