Get it For Less: Personalized Quote Art

I was endlessly inspired by this beautiful piece of art by Not On The High Street that was floating around Pinterest:
The only teeny tiny problem is that it’s the equivalent of about $314.00 US.
Outrageous!
I knew I could mimic the look for less with items I already had on hand: A small canvas, wooden letters from Michael’s, and Krylon white semi-gloss spray paint.
I chose the quote “Storms make oaks take deeper root.” It sounds silly, but I first read this quote on a fortune cookie! I kept it, since I opened it at a time I was seriously dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The combination of storm and oaks, which are so gorgeous in Louisiana, really made it special to me. I later learned that it’s from this poem by George Herbert.
So, this project is quite simple but it takes some time just because you have to wait for things to dry. First, lay out your letters and glue them to the canvas with regular craft glue or wood glue. You’ll notice I had a mixture of capital and lower case letters, just because I was using what I had. :)
When the glue dries, take it outside and spray paint it white. I didn’t even use primer for this project, and it worked out just fine. Make sure you get the canvas nice and covered too which can be hard to see because it’s white! When it dried, I used a water-based poly for extra shine. And that’s it!

The best part is that this project will only cost you around $15.00 if you need to purchase supplies! That sure beats $300.00!
So, I’d love to know – What are some of your favorite quotes that are meaningful to you or your family? Have you ever made art that incorporates them? 
Oh, and if you like the white on white look, check out the cute memo boards I made awhile back right here.
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About Catherine Alford

Catherine Alford aka "Cat" is a personal finance freelance writer who currently lives in the Caribbean with her husband and spoiled pup, Julep. To learn more about her writing services, please visit her Hire Me page or e-mail her at Cat[at]BudgetBlonde[dot]com. Follow her on Google + to get all the latest updates.

Lovely comments:

  1. This is so cute! What a great idea … and it really does look like the inspiration piece :).

  2. Love this project Cat! My favorite quote is from a poem by Langston Hughes, “Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly”. It’s a bit too long to do this project but you are inspiring me to find another way to make it work, Thanks lady!

  3. OMG I love it! That is an outrageous price for that, especially if it’s so simple to make!
    Hmm, I may have a new craft idea!

  4. I would never attempt to do this, but you certainly are doing a super job. That really shows off your creative abilities.

  5. Wow! I love this. That made a very unique and gorgeous piece of art. I would have never thought of something like this.I’m following you as well. Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice comment.

  6. Love how great this turned out! Thanks for visiting and your nice comments.

  7. Fantastic !

  8. wow that is pricey, but I luv luv your version…
    Don’t forget to add it to our weekly party for our readers to discover.
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/07/weekly-talent-search-with-linking-party.html
    Thanks
    Maggie

  9. love this idea! Our last name actually means “Oak” in Swedish.

    Thanks for stopping by today!

    Cheers!!

  10. Love this idea!! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. Jess@Balancing The Dream says:

    great job!!

  12. so cute & I love that quote & it’s meaning for you.

  13. I’m so grateful that you linked up in this week’s Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop :) This awesome post totally rocked the party!

  14. Love it! Just pinned yours! (Thus, completing the Pinterest Challenge circle.) Ha!

  15. How funny, I did the exact same project. :) Yours turned out great! http://scraplifters.blogspot.com/2011/08/pinterest-challenge.html

  16. I love it!! I have this pinned on my Pinterest! I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do this one or the 4 different ones with one word on each. Yours turned out awesome!!!

  17. I have to make something like this……I have an extra canvas and wooden letters from another project!!! So fun and budget friendly!!! xo Joanna D.

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