Kids’ Art + God’s Word {simple DIY keepsake canvas}

I have always loved children’s artwork, “primitive” artwork as it is formally known. And long before I ever had kids, I admired the fantastically funky and perfectly imperfect creations of other moms’ in-house artists.

Fast-forward a decade or two, and here I am with three little artists of my own. And I have a passion to connect God’s Word with their hearts.

01 kid art God's word canvas knight detail

So when our then-seven-year-old son created this knight drawing, I knew it would be perfect for a DIY scripture art piece.

Here’s how you can make one too!

02 kid art God's word canvas word file

First, scan the drawing into your computer and insert the scanned image into a Word document (>insert >picture >[select file]). Then, so you can add a verse to it, click >format >text wrapping >behind text in order to make the drawing a background image over which to type.

We chose Joshua 1:9:

This is My command–Be strong and courageous; Do not be afraid or discouraged, For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

03 kid art God's word canvas supplies

Then, print out the document and grab an 8 x 10 blank canvas (available at any craft store), a foam paint brush, and some mod podge.

04 kid art God's word canvas trim edges

Glue the image to the canvas (I used mod podge, but you could use glue). Smooth out the air bubbles and wrinkles. Then trim or tear the edges to eliminate the overhang from the 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.

05 kid art God's word canvas trimmed

Now your image will be the same size as the canvas.

06 kid art God's word canvas mod podge

Cover the canvas with a thin layer of mod podge, and leave to dry.

07 kid art God's word canvas wet mod podge

It will look cloudy when wet, but don’t panic: it will dry clear!

08 kid art God's word canvas

Then, paint the edges with a complimentary color. I kept the border a little rough and feathered to look a little more tough and boyish, but you can keep a clean edge, if you prefer (easy to accomplish with a foam brush or by taping off the face of the image with blue painter’s tape before painting the border).

And there you have it! Your precious one will love this art because it’s his, and it’s a great way to incorporate God’s Word into your child’s decor (and his heart).

We’re major fans of keeping God’s Word before us here at CampClem, and I’d love for you to check out some of the other DIY ways we’ve added scripture to the walls of our home:

DIY scripture art link

So what are ways you keep God’s Word before your eyes and hidden in your heart? Do tell!

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3 responses to “Kids’ Art + God’s Word {simple DIY keepsake canvas}

  1. Pingback: {easy, fun, & custom} DIY Photo Valentines | CampClem·

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