August 10, 2015

DIY Roman Numeral Wedding Date Art

If you follow me on Instagram then you probably already know that I got married last month!

If you don't, well, surprise! :)

I'll be sharing some wedding day photos soon but in the meantime, let's talk about the DIY wedding date art I made to commemorate our big day!

I used the following supplies:

Total = $64.78. Not too bad for a giant piece of personalized art!

I used the following tools:
  • Tape measure
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Staple gun
  • Staples for staple gun
  • Drill (to hang the canvas)
  • Screws (to hang the canvas)

I started by sanding the wooden letters down with a sanding sponge. They were smooth to begin with but some of the edges were a little rough and I wanted to try and get rid of some of the saw marks. After I was done, I wiped the letters down with a damp paper towel and let them dry before moving onto the next step.

I knew it would be hard to get spray paint into the nooks and crannies of the letters so I used a foam brush to paint a thin and even coat of white acrylic paint on the edges of each letter. I sanded the edges down in between coats to get rid of any brush strokes. I wiped them down with a damp paper towel before starting the next coat of paint.

After the edges were covered, I took the letters outside to spray paint the front of them.

I used 320 grit finishing sandpaper to sand each letter in between coats of paint. I wiped them down with a damp paper towel before starting the next coat of paint. In case you're wondering, it took a full can of spray paint and about 4 thin and even coats of paint to get full coverage.

While the letter were drying, I started mapping out the placement of the letters on my canvas.

I placed each letter 1" apart horizontally and vertically.

I made little tick marks so I knew where to line up the edges. Don't worry about your pencil marks, they'll be covered up in a few steps!

I started in the middle of my canvas with the I and moved outwards to the X's. I used E-6000 glue to attach the letters to my canvas. Hot glue would probably work too but I didn't want to deal with the annoying little glue strings.

I had my husband (so fun to say haha) help me tip the canvas up straight so I could level each line of letters before the glue had time to set up. It's a little tedious to get everything perfect but the extra time spent measuring and leveling is worth it! After all of my letters were stuck in place, I let everything dry for 24 hours.

The next morning I picked the canvas up to make sure the glue was holding. I didn't like how wobbly the letters seemed (it may have just been the canvas moving...) so I put a blanket down on our dining table, flipped the canvas over and grabbed our staple gun.

I used my fingers as a guide for feeling the edges of the letters and then I stapled the center of each letter in place – after I moved my fingers of course :)

Here's how the back of the canvas looked after the letters were stapled in place from behind:

Note: PLEASE make sure the length of your staple is less than the thickness of your wooden letters so your staples won't shoot through the front of your letters!

After everything was securely stapled in place, I brought the canvas out to our garage to spray paint it white.

I used my canned air to spray the canvas off before spraying each coat of paint onto it. It took two cans of spray paint and 3 thin and even coats of paint (2 horizontal and 1 vertical) for my pencil marks to disappear completely. I waited an hour between each coat and cracked our garage door open enough to let some air in (about 1/4 of the way).

After everything was dry, I hung the canvas on a small wall in our bedroom.

I plan on adding a small table or shelf beneath it but I haven't looked for one yet. Maybe we can discuss some options later this week? :)

Anyway, I'm so in love with it!

I thought about adding some color to the edge of the canvas but I like how clean it looks.

Now there's no excuse for either one of us to forget our wedding date haha


  1. Such a beautiful, yet simple way to commemorate your wedding day. Love it!

  2. love it! I was surprised when I got to the end at how large scale it is...nice!

  3. it's so big! (That's what she said...) it's really beautiful. Love the font of the letters with the color of your wall!

  4. This is all kinda of simple and totally AWESOME!!

  5. This is seriously so amazing. If I had heard just a description of the DIY I wouldn't have been able to visualize it as beautifully as it turned out. Blown away!!

  6. I love this! Would work for birthdates too. So perfect!

  7. Love! We must recreate but are struggling to find lettering like yours. Where did you find and what height are they?

    1. Thank you! We found our letters at Target. They're these ones by Handmade Modern: and they're 8" high.

  8. very very cool! Can you make me one LOL :)

  9. Wow! I love this - though, after a year or so, is there any sagging on the canvas at all? Love your work so much!

    1. Thank you! No, there isn't any sagging. The canvas looks just like it did on day 1! :)


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