ABC Canvas

When I was expecting Weston, we decided to change the nursery from the smallest room in our home to a larger room with space for 2 cribs and ample open floor space.

We moved everything into the room, I put a few things on the wall but put ‘decorating the nursery’ on the back burner. (Babies really could care less what their room looks like…)

Now that Weston’s a bit older (and I’m feeling more creative and energetic), I’m ready to decorate the nursery!

I knew I wanted to incorporate the ABCs in the room because Paxton loves letters! I really wanted to do a letter wall with different letters in different fonts but that would take quite a while to find all 26 letters plus it could get quite pricey if the letters averaged just $5 each (I really don’t want to spend $130 on letters for a nursery!)

My creativity (and cheapness) came up with this ABC Canvas:


  • Canvas (I used a 16×20)
  • Chipboard Letters
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft Glue
  1. Lay out your letters on the canvas and find the arrangement you like.  (If you’re a perfectionist, you could draw out lines to mark where the letters go…I’m not that much of a perfectionist!)
  2. Decide on a color scheme. I went with a ‘rainbow theme’ but you could do one color, mix colors, whatever you want to do on your canvas!
  3. Paint the chipboard letters.
  4. Lay out the letters on the canvas and finalize placement!
  5. Glue. I used craft glue and starting from the top glued each letter down (while the rest were laid out on the canvas to help me with placement).
  6. Dry. I laid the canvas face down and put a few heavy books on top to make sure everything was pressed down. If you do this, make sure there is no extra glue seeping from under the letters…I had a few spots where it was and the paint was pulled off the letters. It wasn’t a big deal, I just had to retouch.
  7. Finished! Time to hang and admire your cheap craftiness!

Project Costs:

  • 16×20 canvas –$4 (The 16×20 canvases were on sale for $8 for a 2 pack!!)
  • Chipboard Letters- $5
  • Paint $3 (I already had red. I purchased blue, green and yellow and made the orange…red and yellow make orange!)

Less than $15 after taxes isn’t bad for a super cute and custom ABC Canvas.

I really like how this simple project turned out. I love the bright colors in the nursery and Paxton loves the ABCs on the wall!

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  1. Very cool! I would love to make one of these for my little boy's room (he's almost 5). I was wondering where you got the chipboard letters and what size are they? Thanks!

    1. I bought the letters at Hobby Lobby. Not sure of how the size would be labeled on the packaging but the taller letters {b,d,l,k…} are 4 inches tall.

    1. We've not had any issues with both boys in the same room. When Weston started sleeping through the night around 2 months, we moved him to his crib in their room. They both are pretty heavy sleepers so they haven't disturbed each other if/when they do wake up through the night. They do wake each other more easily in the mornings but we're completely okay with that! I worried so much when I was pregnant about having two little ones in the same room but it's been super easy!

  2. This really looks terrific and it's timeless. As long as it doesn't get damaged, it can be re-used with future generations – all remembering "great-great-grandma Rachel" 🙂

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