How To Cut Letters, Make Your Own Stickers & Fingerpaint with Preschoolers (*whew*)

For several months I’ve been wanting to make something on a canvas to hang in my kids’ rooms. There are so many cute tutorials and ideas around the interweb. I’ll admit I’m just a crafty wannabe. But after seeing Book Inspired Nursery Art at Silly Eagle Books and  Faux Wood Letter Tutorial at Little Birdie Secrets, I was pining after a canvas in my kids’ rooms. Finally I ran across Messy Masterpiece at *explanation required and knew it was right up my alley! All you need is a canvas and a preschooler willing to fingerpaint! Oh, and one more thing. Alphabet stickers.

But I didn’t have any alphabet stickers. So, what’s a girl to do?

I made my own. Yes, I cut out letters by hand. What? You can’t cut letters out by hand? Well, why didn’t you say so? Here’s the basic tutorial:

I used this same technique to cut my letters out of the contact paper, then I placed the words on the canvas. I chose a phrase from my very favorite book, The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones. It’s a phrase that describes God’s love for His people “Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love”.

contact paper stickers

Once the letters were arranged how I wanted, I let my daughter crack out the paint. I chose two pinks and she did those at the same time.


Once the pink dried we did Leaf Green.


After it all dried, I peeled the letters off and VOILA!

canvas diy

But I couldn’t let my son be left out. So, as I peeled the letters off of Lydia’s canvas, I carefully placed them on Asa’s. Then, I gave him two shades of grey and one orange.


I right-justified his and I really like the white space to the left.


You can see up close that the paint really spread underneath the stickers, but from far away, I think they look pretty swanky!


I’m so excited that my kids will have a constant reminder of God’s great love for them right in their room!

god's love

So, do you love it as much as I do?!

(ps–yes, I see the misspelling on the orange canvas. If you don’t see it, don’t go back and try to find it, please! ack!)

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Great blog. i have 2 questions
    1.) Did the conatct paper peel the canvas up any?
    2.) if i painted a base color on the canvas would the contact paper pull that paint off?

    • NOpe, the contact paper isn’t that sticky so it came off clean. Maybe, if you painted a base color that might help w/the bleeding. It’s worth a try!


  2. Great idea – looks so effective and the children had fun!

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