DIY Christmas Art That Makes a BIG Impact

This huge Christmas canvas is an easy DIY that will make a huge impact in any space in your home for the holidays!

DIY Christmas art featuring 12 days of Christmas art prints by Tasha Agruso of Kaleidoscope Living

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I've been working on creating a huge DIY Christmas canvas to display my 12 Days of Christmas art prints. I thought this would be a fun alternative to framing them since I don't have 12 8″ x 10″ frames to put them in. And I knew this would make a bigger impact in our entryway than frames would anyway!

Read on to learn how to make your own!

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DIY Christmas Art Canvas Tutorial

Materials Needed


You can watch a short video of the process below. I've also typed out instructions for you below the video.

1) Paint your canvas until you get full coverage.

2) Type out whatever phrase you want to gold leaf on your canvas and print it out on printer paper. I chose “my true love gave to me” and used a script font set to around 400 pt.

3) Decide on the placement of your lettering and tape your printed phrase onto your canvas. I used gentle painter's tape–washi tape would work as well.

4) Use carbon paper and a pen or embossing tool to trace your lettering onto your canvas.

5) Use a small artist's brush to paint your lettering with the gilding adhesive. As soon as it becomes tacky (which is pretty quick), apply your gold leaf. I did one letter at a time so that the adhesive didn't get too dry.

6) Use a dry bristle brush to gently “buff” the gold leaf off the areas where there was no adhesive. If you miss any spots, just apply more gilding adhesive and a bit more gold leaf to fill in the spots.

7) Use washi tape (and Quake Hold if needed) to hang your 12 Days of Christmas Art prints to your canvas.

That's it! Then style your DIY Christmas art however you want. I used a colorful garland that we've had for many years and a copper stag head (that is also old–sorry, I don't have links for you) to ours and love how it turned out.

What do you think?!

DIY Christmas Art featuring 12 days of Christmas art prints by Tasha Agruso of Kaleidoscope Living

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