DIY Art Makes Thoughtful Holiday Gifts

Whether you’re 9 or ninety, you can create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that’s sure to please anyone on your holiday gift list.

For these fun and easy paintings, you don’t need any art classes or drawing skills – just pick up a few supplies and get started creating fun, artful canvases that everyone will love.

Geometric Patterns Add Color To Any Room

You don’t need to draw or even practice for this fun and colorful project. With some basic art supplies, you can create a vibrant, modern geometric abstraction painting that can be used in almost any room in the house.

What You’ll Need

For this project, you’ll need a pre-stretched gessoed canvas, acrylic paints and brush, and a roll of painter’s tape.


5/8” pine stretcher bars are used to support the 100 percent cotton canvas, which is stapled on the back. Back staples make these canvases perfect for hanging without framing. The cotton canvas is primed with acid-free acrylic gesso, so it’s ready for your masterpiece as soon as it arrives.


These acrylics come in a great array of 18 colors and are packaged in plastic, 2-ounce bottles. With a wide variety of colors, these durable, water-based paints are perfect for painting on almost any surface.

Colors Included:

  • White
  • Black
  • Flag Red
  • Jock-o-Lantern
  • Bright Blue
  • Melted Chocolate
  • Nutmeg Brown
  • Bright Yellow
  • New Shamrock
  • Bimini Blue
  • Purple Iris
  • Too Blue
  • Holly Branch
  • Fuchsia
  • Yellow Flame
  • Pewter Grey
  • Bright Magenta
  • Parrot Blue


This set of three synthetic brushes are all you’ll need for painting large canvases. The Taklon fiber is soft and perfect for acrylics. The package contains a 1”, 2” and 3” brush, so you’ll always have the perfect size.


This tape is perfect for masking off straight lines and removes easily when you’re painting’s finished. The paper tape is gentle and won’t peel off underpainting.

Ready, Set, Paint!

First, you need to determine your design. If you’re looking for inspiration, just Google simple geometric designs, and find one that appeals to you. Herringbone, Chevron, intersecting triangles and other simple shapes are easiest to create. You may need to use a ruler and pencil to lay out the spacing for your design, but don’t get too fussy – this is supposed to be fun and easy!

If you want your stripes white, go ahead and start laying down your masking tape. If you want the stripes in another color, you need to paint a base coat where the tape will be applied. Then, allow that paint to dry completely before applying the masking tape.

Now comes the fun part! Use a large brush to apply the paint; the bigger the brush, the more quickly you’ll be finished. You can paint individual segments or paint over large areas to create wide swathes of color. There’s no right or wrong way to do this, and if you’re not quite please, you can paint over it again, or over sections that you decide aren’t quite right.

Blend edges, if you want a more subtle appearance or change color abruptly for an altogether different look. It’s best to select just a few colors to maintain color harmony. If you know the color scheme of the person you’ll be giving this to, stick to a palette that harmonizes with their decorating color theme.

Don’t forget to paint the sides of the canvas. With nicely painted sides, there’s no need to frame your work of art. Make sure to allow the paint to dry thoroughly before removing the masking tape, and pull it off gently and slowly.

That’s all there is to it – and, since it’s abstract, you can’t go wrong. Make it an artsy holiday season for everyone this year. These special paintings are sure to be a welcome gift, and you’ll have loads more fun than trudging through a crowded mall.

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