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Turn Your Favorite Quote Into Art With These 6 DIY Projects

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
July 10, 2016 · 1.4k Views

Quotes inspire. They remind us to keep dreaming, laughing, and never give up. Quotes can also be used to create meaningful wall art for the home. There are many DIY projects using quotes that are fun and affordable. The great thing about these projects is that you don’t need to be artistic or crafty to do them. All you need is your favorite quote, a free afternoon, and the necessary materials.

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1. Stencils

Source: Paintspiration

You’ve most likely used stencils at one time in your life and they are especially handy for creating DIY wall art. (via Paintspiration)

What you’ll need:

  • Plastic letter stencils
  • 2 small paintbrushes
  • A canvas
  • Paint
  • Ruler
  • Water
  • Paper towel


1. Paint the canvas in the color and design that you want for the background. Let the paint completely dry.

2. Measure where you want each line of the quote to be on the canvas.

3. Place the stencil down and carefully paint the letter. Do not use watery paint because it will seep under the stencil.

4. Lift the stencil straight up.

5. Use a slightly wet paintbrush to lift away any paint that has leaked under the stencil. Gently blot area dry with paper.

6. Allow the letter to completely dry before moving on to the next one.


2. Vinyl Stickers

Source: Grey Luster Girl

Using vinyl stickers is probably the easiest way to turn your favorite quote into wall art. For this project (via Grey Luster Girl), make sure to use stickers that are not permanent.

What you’ll need:

  • Vinyl stickers
  • Ruler
  • A canvas
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes


1. Choose a color that you want the letters to be and paint the canvas that color. Let it dry.

2. Measure and layout the stickers on the canvas.

3. Paint over top of the letters with a different color to create the background. Don’t use too much paint or a heavy hand as this could make the letters move. Wait until the paint is mostly dry.

4. Carefully remove the letters with tweezers.

5. Use a small paintbrush if you need to make any touch ups

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3. Quote Wall Art Made from Old Magazines and Newspapers

Source: Six2Eleven

This may come as a surprise, but old magazines and newspapers can be repurposed to create some really cool, quote-inspired wall art. (via Six2Eleven)

What you’ll need:

  • A canvas (an old canvas will work perfectly fine)
  • Paint in the color of your choice
  • Painters tape
  • Ruler
  • Spray adhesive
  • Magazines and newspaper
  • Sponge brush
  • Vinyl letters


1. Tear up the magazine and newspaper pages into pieces.

2. Glue the pieces on the canvas, arranging them so there is a color and texture in the areas where the quote will be.

4. Layout and adhere the vinyl letters to the canvas.

5. Using a sponge brush, paint the entire canvas including the letters.

6. Wait for the paint to dry.

7. Carefully remove letters.


4. Ombré Quote Wall Art

Source: Sarah Hearts

This project uses the cascading colors of ombré to create a beautiful artwork that is guaranteed to brighten up any home. (via Sarah Hearts)

What you’ll need:

  • A piece of wood
  • Acrylic paint in white and the color or colors of your choice
  • Paintbrush
  • Vinyl letters
  • Ruler


1. Layout the quote and adhere the letters to the wood.

2. Apply the paint on the wood and over the letters. Start with white and gradually blend into the other color or colors. Continually add water to the brush so the colors blend smoothly together.

3. Wait for the paint to dry.

4. Carefully remove the vinyl letters.

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5. DIY Quote Poster

Source: brittanymakes

This project is incredibly easy, yet the finished product looks like it was done by a professional. Using typography to express your favorite quote creates an elegant and timeless piece of art for your home. (via brittanymakes)

What you’ll need:

  • Photoshop or similar design program
  • Large poster frame
  • USB drive


1. Create a file in Photoshop in the same dimensions as the size of the poster frame.

2. Select the font you want to use for the quote.

3. Layout the quote as you want it to look printed out on a large sheet of paper.

4. Save the file as a high-resolution jpeg on a USB drive.

5. Go to your local printer (Kinko’s does a great job) and have them print the file out on paper that will fit neatly in the poster frame.


6. Quote Wall Art Made with Scrapbook Paper

Source: Ashley Ann Photography

Make a whimsical quote-inspired artwork using colorful and patterned letters. Scrapbook paper works well for this project because it is sturdy and comes in an array of designs. (via ashleyannphotography)

What you’ll need:

1. Piece of wood (the letters will really stand out on wood that is rustic looking)

2. Scrapbook paper of your choice

3. Letter stencils

4. Scissors

5. Decoupage glue or Mod Podge

6. Ruler or measuring tape


1. Trace the letters you will need for the quote on the back of the scrapbook paper

2. Cut out the letters

3. Layout the quote as you want it to appear on the piece of wood

4. Glue the letters on the wood using a generous amount of decoupage glue or Mod Podge.

Celebrate your favorite quote by making it into a piece of art. These projects are simple and budget-friendly. And chances are you already have most of the materials needed to make them.


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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.

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