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DIY Star Wars Canvas Wall Art

By: Mariah Leeson
November 20, 2015

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DIY Star Wars Canvas Wall Art

We are in the process of redecorating our kids bedrooms.  My twins finally have their own rooms and they have each been so excited to personalize their own space.  We started with my daughter's bright and colorful room and know we are finally getting started on my son's room. It's no surprise that he has requested everything in his room be covered in Star Wars, he is obsessed.  I'm not a huge fan of commercial themed room decorations so I couldn't bring myself to purchase the Star Wars bedding and life size wall clings, but I decided to compromise with simple DIY Star Wars Canvas Wall Art.

While searching for ideas for decorating my son's room I stumbled on lots of Star Wars art work, but most of it was outrageously priced.  I knew I could create my own version for much less so I set out to create custom art work for my Star Wars obsessed son's room.  You too can make your own just in time for the new movie to come out!

Items needed:

  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Legacy
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Yesteryear
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Relic
  • Dazzling Metallics 2oz - White Pearl
  • Dazzling Metallics 2oz - Black Pearl
  • DecoArt Glamour Dust Sprinkle on Glitter
  • Three 12" by 12" Canvases
  • Assorted Brushes
  • White Vinyl
  • Transfer Tape
  • Cutting Machine
  • Digital SVG File for Imperial Walker & X Wing Fighter

Instructions:

First, paint each canvas a different color.  I started by painting the first canvas with the Yesteryear chalky finish paint.  I wanted to achieve a "galaxy" type effect, but also wanted to incorporate the blue tones we will be using throughout the room.  I painted the next canvas with the Relic Chalky finish paint, but thought it needed a little richer color so I mixed it with the DecoArt Black Pearl paint.  I love how it had a hint of shimmer, without being glittery.  I also added some of the Black Pearl paint to the Legacy paint to darken the color slightly and give it that hint of shimmer.

While the canvases are drying use your cutting machine to cut out the SVG files.  I found these inexpensive files on Etsy and knew purchasing them would save me lots of time in having to design and create my own artwork, no reason to reinvent the wheel!

I wanted the art work to take up a fair amount of space above my son's bookshelf so I decided to make the Imperial Walker as big as I could and put it on two canvases.  Line both canvases up and carefully attach the Imperial Walker to both canvases.

Next, I took my straight blade tool and carefully sliced between the two canvases separating the vinyl. Peel off the transfer tape and make sure the vinyl adheres to the painted canvas.

Now take the third canvas and add the X Wing Fighter plane.  My son wanted to make sure they were shooting at each other so I added some laser like beams and a few galactic stars.

Hang the canvases side by side with a 1/2" gap between each canvas.

It's an easy and affordable option way to add your own custom Star Wars art work to your favorite space. So grab a blank canvas, DecoArt paint and may the force be with you!

Be sure to visit Giggles Galore  for more projects and to learn more about Mariah Leeson.

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