DIY Bird on a Wire Art made from Repurposed Canvases

DIY Bird on a Wire Art made from Repurposed Canvases

Hi all you do-it-yourselfer’s, Janeane again from Janeane Pittman Interior Design.

I made this super cute project from canvases found at Goodwill of Orange County.  It is the perfect way to add a little whimsy into your home all while using recycled items and helping to create jobs for people in your community facing barriers to employment.

Here are the steps to make this DIY Bird on a Wire Art:

Supplies:

  • Two unframed art canvases from Goodwill
  • Decoupage medium
  • Three pieces of scrapbook paper with script
  • Charcoal acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint

Tools:

  • Pencil
  • Sponge brush
  • Scissors
  • Medium size artists paint brush
  • Liner artists paint brush
  • Paper towel

Cost:

  • Materials from Goodwill: $11.98
  • Materials from other stores (excluding materials I already had): $1.94
  • Total Project: Approx $14.00
Art Canvases from Goodwill ready for a new look

The two unframed art canvases I found at Goodwill are mismatched. Although they are slightly different sizes, they are both roughly 12″ x 12″.

Three pieces of scrapbook paper with script for a DIY Art Project on Goodwill Art Canvases

Here is a close up of the script scrapbook paper I selected for this project.

Step 1-Place canvas on its side and draw a pencil “cut” line on the backside of the scrapbook paper the exact size of the canvas side edge.

Step 1-Place canvas on its side and draw a cut line on the backside of the scrapbook paper

Step 2-Continue drawing cut lines for all four edges of each canvas.

Step 2-Continue drawing cut lines for all four edges of each canvas

Step 3-Cut the strips of scrapbook paper along the pencil cut lines.

Step 3-Cut the strips of scrapbook paper along the pencil cut lines

Step 4-Draw a cut line and cut to size a piece of scrapbook paper for the fronts of each canvas.

Step 4-Draw a cut line and cut to size a piece of scrapbook paper for the fronts of each canvas

Step 5-With a sponge brush, lay on decoupage medium onto the edge of the canvas.

Step 5-With a sponge brush, lay on decoupage medium onto the edge of the canvas

Step 6-Lay the cut-to-size piece of scrapbook paper on top of the decoupage medium and rub it flat with your finger.  When you rub, it is fine if wrinkles and small bubbles are present.  Just try to get the paper as fixed to the canvas as possible.

Step 6-Lay the cut-to-size piece of scrapbook paper on top of the decoupage medium and rub it flat with your finger

Step 7-Apply more decoupage medium on top of the scrapbook paper to secure to canvas. Repeat steps 5 to 7 on all edges of both canvases.

Step 7-Apply more decoupage medium on top of the scrapbook paper to secure to canvas.  Repeat steps 5 to 7 on all edges of both canvases

Step 8-Apply decoupage medium to the front of the canvas, place paper on top, & rub flat.

Step 8-Apply decoupage medium to the front of the canvas, place paper on top, & rub flat

Step 9-Apply a generous layer of decoupage medium to the front of the canvas on top of the paper and repeat on other canvas.

Step 9-Apply a generous layer of decoupage medium to the front of the canvas on top of the paper and repeat on other canvas

Step 10-Allow canvases to completely dry.

Step 10-Allow canvases to completely dry

Step 11-With a medium size artists brush, randomly apply on charcoal colored paint to the front of the canvases leaving an organic, feathered edge with approx three-quarters of an inch border of paper showing.

Step 11-Randomly brush on charcoal colored paint onto front of canvases leaving an organic edge with approx three quarter inch border of paper showing

Step 12-After both canvases are painted with the charcoal paint, begin the next step prior to them drying completely.

Step 12-After both canvases are painted with charcoal paint begin the next step prior to them drying completely

Step 13-With the same medium size brush, start rubbing in a small amount of white paint into the wet charcoal paint.

Step 13-With the same brush start rubbing in a small amount of white paint into the wet charcoal paint

Step 14-Before the white paint drys, take a paper towel and blend the white paint in until you get a chalkboard effect.  It is better to work in small sections so the white paint will blend.

Step 14-With a paper towel blend the white paint in until you get a chalkboard effect

Step 15a-After the charcoal and white paint are dry, place the canvases side by side and paint a loose oval between the two in charcoal.  Half an oval will be on each of the canvases.

Step 15a-After the charcoal and white paint are dry, place the canvases side by side and paint a loose oval between the two in charcoal

Step 15b-The loose oval in charcoal unify the canvases and creates a point-of-focus.  Set aside to dry.

Step 15b-The loose oval in charcoal unify the canvases and creates a point-of-focus.  Set aside to dry

Step 16-Paint a slightly angled white line across the side by side canvases to create the wire. Add a little bird on the left canvas sitting on the wire within the charcoal oval.

Step 16-Paint a white line across the side by side canvases. Add a little bird on the left canvas sitting on the wire within the charcoal oval.

Step 17-Hang and enjoy.

Step 17-Hang and enjoy

I hung the pair in my laundry room and accessorized it with a light blue pot I also found at Goodwill of Orange County.  I love how I got to reuse something and turn it into unique home decor.

Repurposed Art Canvases from Goodwill with a Bird on a Wire

Remember what these canvases looked like before.  You would never know that these were mismatched pieces.

Before and After DIY Repurposed Art Canvanses from Goodwill

Have fun while reusing, recycling and repurposing.  And of course #FindTheGood!

Janeane

Interior Designer at Janeane Pittman Interior Design

3 comments

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:

    A while ago I posted a “Get the Look” about Sarah Greeman’s entry way where she hung original art with a Bird on a Wire. I was so in love with it, it inspired me to do this project with Goodwill.

  2. Hi there. Had my comment and all ready and accidentally deleted it. So-o-o-o, anyway was at google images looking for a pic when I saw you picture. I’m getting to post about how I, too, use canvas’s and repaint them. I’m using your pic so you will get some “hits”. I really like what you did here. If you get a chance, check me out in a few days to see how mine turned out. I’m starting with spray paint and then will finish with regular paint. Anyway, great job!

    1. Thank you Rebecca. I’m glad you liked them. I had a lot of fun creating them.

      Janeane

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