sharpie canvas art

I absolutely love this sharpie canvas wall art of the song lyric from the Beatles.  I remember listening to this song over and over again on my cassette tape back in middle school probably floating off and dreaming of my latest crush.  Good times. Laura from Finding Home made this super inexpensive piece from foamcore and a Sharpie marker.


Hello fine friends, I am Laura of Finding Home and I am just dropping in to share a new project this month.

They say that necessity is the mother of all invention – well I think the need for instant gratification is the mother of all craft and DIY ideas.

I recently had this idea to create a framed canvas – but there was one problem, I only had a small canvas in my stash and there was so much snow outside, heading to the craft store was a challenge.

canvas wall art

So, I did the next best thing – I came up with a way to DIY one – with foam core and leftover trim. Here is how I did it. First, use a ruler and an Exacto knife to cut down a piece of foam core to your desired shape. Use a cutting mat underneath to protect your surface.

quote canvas wall art

Place your trim pieces on the finished piece of foam core and mark off the size with a pencil. I did not use mitered corners, I kept it simple and used butt joints.

diy canvas wall art

Use a miter box to cut your pieces down to size.

diy sharpie canvas art

Stain or paint your trim pieces to your desired finish. My pieces were scrap and already had stain on one side so I only needed to add stain to the ends and back side (which is visible in the finished product). I considered doing it in black or gold – but went classic this time. Next time though….


Using your computer and printer, print out your desired words and font. My font is Callie Hand and the overall size is 15.5” by 20”. I printed it out one section at a time and then taped it together.

Sharpie Art Canvas

Turn over the back and run a pencil over all the areas there are words.

tracing letters onto foamcore

Turn it back over, tape it in place so it doesn’t move and then slowly trace all of your words.

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Remove the paper and there will be a faint tracing of all of your words. Slowly and carefully trace and fill all the lines in with a Sharpie paint pen.

you may say i'm a dreamer canvas art

The final step is to use a hot glue gun to attach the trim to the sides of the foam core. I could not get a picture of this because you have to run one line quickly down and then put it in place before any of the glue hardens up – which is hard to get a picture of! I lined up the back of the trim with the sides of the foam core so that it came forward to frame it out more. And you are finished! I love how the framing finishes off the foam core and makes it looks a canvas.

diy sharpie quote art

If you would like to see any of the other recent projects I have been working on, you can visit my post on lessons learned in styling a bookcase or…

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  1. Great project! Gotta love a Sharpie! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  2. I love the song lyric and the simplicity of this project! Great tutorial, and the outcome is absolutely beautiful! great job Laura–headed over to check out your blog.

  3. This looks great! I love that you said “instant gratification is the mother of all craft and DIY ideas” So True!

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