I usually like to run all of my DIY projects through the following filter: can a cranky six-year-old with bad hand/eye coordination do this? If the answer is yes: I’m all in.
Lately I’ve been feeling inspired by all of the rad quotes I keep seeing on Pinterest and Instagram, and I’ve been on the lookout for some dead easy projects that can help me create some original quote art of my own. If you’re looking to up your art game, and want to create some original quote-age of your own, here are 3 projects that you (or your six-year-old) should try pronto:
1. Make Quote Art on Your Phone
There are so many great “word apps” out there that this one is truly a snap. Many of these apps allow you to add text over photos, but I like to use them against solid color backgrounds (TIP: if the app doesn’t have any solid color backgrounds to choose from, take a screenshot of a plain white block on your screen, send it to yourself, and boom: you’re in business). A few of my faves for the iPhone are: Word Swag, Over and Notegraphy.
Choose a quote, type it up on your app, save to your phone’s photo album and post that puppy on Instagram (you may as well share all the quote-y fun with your friends!). You can then easily make yourself a custom canvas of your quote art with Canvas Pop. They’ll send you a wrapped canvas ready to be hung (no frame required) that’s either 12×12 or 20×20.
I made the above image with Notegraphy, and every time I’m having a bad day, I remind myself that I need to suck it up like Brit Brit.
2. DIY Magazine Quotes on Canvas
True confessions: I still read actual magazines. And for some reason, it feels like someone is stabbing me in the eyeballs every time I have to throw one out, so this project was perfect for me.
Basically you have to find an old canvas (whenever I see these at a thrift store, I stock up), and then just cover it with all sorts of colorful images from all of the mags you have laying around. Maxi-pad ads, Viagra ads–nothing is off limits here as it will all be covered up. Just choose the brightest colors you can find, and use some mod podge or spray adhesive to glue everything down. Then use some vinyl letters to spell out your special quote, and paint over the whole darn thing in whatever color you’d like.
Once it’s all dry you can pull off the letters and then all the colorful magazine scraps will be shining through like the light in your freezer at 3am when you are trying to find that pint of Ben & Jerry’s. Just me?
3. Clipboard Wall Art
Even I feel a little silly calling this a DIY project, cause well: it’s basically just buying clipboards and then hanging them on a wall, but whatever! They look super cute! I suck at DIY! Leave me alone!
Anyway, I love this project because it’s great if you’re the type that likes to change things up all the time. You can purchase some oil board stencils of all letters in the alphabet at an art or craft supply store, or even blow up individual letter in the font of your choosing and then print them out on your home computer. You can, of course, easily change the letters up to mix up your quotes, or if you are printing your own letters you can do more than one letter for each clipboard. You could even put one word on each clipboard. Yes: I always like to give you the guys the ultimate in flexibility. You’re welcome.