Okay so if you know anything about me – anything at all – you know I am a HUGE Wonder Woman fan.  Like I’ve loved her since I can’t even remember.  I do remember my Aunt Naia made me the most amazing Wonder Woman cake for my 3rd birthday.  And for another birthday – MANY years later – my husband designed and surprised me by taking me to get – my Wonder Woman tattoo.  So I guess I like her a little.  Ha.  Who am I kidding?  She’s amazing.

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So in honor of her movie coming out this week (*yay!!!! jumping up and down clapping like a crazy person *YAY!*) 😉 I decided to finally do something with my brand new Wonder Woman poster my awesome kids gave me for Easter.

And of course – to keep to the theme of ‘Budget DIY’ I had to do something amazing – UNDER $10.00.

I decided to make a Wonder Woman Budget DIY Wall Art using my Wonder Woman poster – something amazing for pretty much no money.  Could I do it?  Of course!

It’s Memorial Day weekend and Michael’s has some pretty amazing sales.  Combine that with the fact that they take Joann’s coupons, and well, staying under $10 for this project wasn’t all that difficult. 🙂

Here’s my disclaimer – because sometimes I feel like I am cheating on this.  But I’m not.  I am very aware that all of the items I have in stock in my art supply cabinets and closets have all been purchased for a price at one time or another.  Do I add those costs in to my ‘under $10’ budget?  No, not always. 

And here’s why.  I can buy a bottle of paint on sale for $1.50 and use it for 2-3 projects.  Mod Podge?  $7 for a bottle, but it is used for multiple projects.  So unless I want to figure out how many projects I can complete with that bottle of Mod Podge and divide the cost by that number of projects, I just don’t do it.  Chances are I will still come in under my $10 budget, but unless I buy an item specifically FOR a project I am working on, I do not count the price if it is something I already have in my inventory at home.

What I purchased:

For this project, I purchased a 24″ x 36″ canvas from Michael’s.  Regular price: $26.99, but on sale for 60% off makes it $10.79.  Then I had a 20% off each item coupon, which brought the price of the canvas down to $8.63.  Tax is 6.5% which came to $0.56 making the total spent on the canvas $9.19.

What I didn’t purchase:

(because I already had the items in my home inventory)

My Wonder Woman poster

Mod Podge (both the spray glaze and the paste sealer)

Elmer’s Glue

Paint Brush

Deco Art Dazzling Metallics Acrylic Paint in Ice Blue (this is the same bottle of paint I used on my FOCUS art piece)

Paper plate for paint

Wonder Woman Budget DIY Wall Art

TOTAL COST: $9.19  close, but still UNDER budget! 🙂  Win!

This is a super simple but very professional-looking finished project.  I absolutely love it.  You can follow my steps below to make your own with any canvas and poster.  It gives you something different than the usual poster-in-a-plastic-frame type thing.

We are converting one of our plain white walls upstairs in the hallway to our superhero family avatar wall.  🙂 Each of us will have one of these canvas art pieces with our superhero alter-ego on it when we are done.  I can’t wait to finish it and show it to you!

Step by Step Instructions for Creating Your Own Wonder Woman Budget DIY Wall Art / Canvas Poster Wall Art

  1. I chose to paint the outer perimeter of the canvas because I bought it a few inches larger than my poster so I didn’t have to worry about the edges of the poster matching exactly with the canvas.  Plus, I didn’t want it to lift over time.  It’s easier to seal the poster on the canvas as well if the canvas is slightly larger.  You will need 2 coats of paint on the canvas.  Wait for it to dry between each coat.Wonder Woman Budget DIY Wall Art
  2. Using a paint brush, paint some glue on the canvas where the poster will go (I used regular Elmer’s glue because it’s MUCH cheaper than Mod Podge and works the same if you’re using it for adhesive UNDER something).  Make sure the paint is completely dry from Step #1 before moving on to Step #2.
  3. Align the poster on the canvas.  Make sure it is straight.  Press the poster down to the canvas smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles.   Make sure the edges are fully glued to the canvas. *Note:  you can see there are some wrinkles/bubbles in this picture.  I would suggest using a partner on this part of the project so this does not happen.  One person applies the glue and presses the poster on canvas down inch by inch using a ruler or some other flat edged object.  The other person holds the poster taut off of the glued canvas until it is ready to be sealed down.Wonder Woman Budget DIY Wall Art
  4. Wait to make sure the glue is fully dry before you apply the Mod Podge paste sealer to the top of the poster.  If you apply the Mod Podge while the glue under the poster is still wet, you will wrinkle the poster and it will be ruined.
  5. Using a brush, apply the Mod Podge sealer to the poster.  You will need at least 2 generous coats.  The first coat should be relatively thin, but thick enough to fully cover the poster.  Wait until the first coat is fully dry before you apply the second coat.  The second coat can be spread a bit more generously than the first.  If you would like to apply a third coat, you may.
  6. Once the final coat of Mod Podge sealer is fully dry, you can spray on the Mod Podge Glaze.  Make sure you do this outside in a well-ventilated area.  Let it dry fully and apply another coat of glaze.Wonder Woman DIY Art Project

Voila!  You have a beautiful professional-looking ‘Budget DIY’ project to hang on your wall and be completely proud of!

I would love to see what you make!  Have any questions?  Want to share your ideas?  Leave a comment below and let me know!

And PS – is anyone else gong to stay up all night to see the Wonder Woman premier Thursday?  We definitely are!  I.  CAN’T.  WAIT.  🙂 🙂 🙂


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