Like many classrooms, I’m required to display signs for many different topics: school vision, school mission statement, class expectations, a selection of character traits, and the multiple intelligences. We are an “MI” school and regularly incorporate the multiple intelligences into instruction.
I’m getting a little tired of printing, laminating, and posting everything as an 8 1/2 by 11 sign. It’s limiting and not creative.
- Canvas panels (12 inches square)
- Material to use as stencils (I used sheet protectors)
- Adhesive spray
- Paint (regular acrylic from the craft store)
- Protective finish spray (I used a matte finish for these)
- Enlarge the graphic to about 10 inches square and print. For several I printed one copy and then shifted the other half of the graphic on the page and reprinted.
- Use sharpie to trace the graphic onto your plastic stencil (the clear material helped because I didn’t need to cut my prints)
- Cut out the stencils
- Use adhesive spray to fix stencils onto the canvas (Tip: if you put the sharpie side down like I did on a few, the black line will show on your canvas. Oh well….next time I’ll get it right!)
- Spray with a protective finish
I used command strip hangers to put the canvas on the wall. On the back of these panels is a square label. I was able to put the command strips in the same location on each. I can shuffle the panels within the array to create a new arrangement which is a nice option.
Just as I get tired of print-laminate-post I know I can’t go overboard with painted canvas as decor in the library, but I love these! It was so easy, but more expensive than printed signs. I think with the canvas and command strips (which are the only materials I’m not reusing for other projects) I spent $40. For me, the result is worth it.