I saw this idea on The Pleated Poppy Blog and knew I wanted to give it a try. So when the canvases were on sale at hobby lobby I bought a few. I already had thick card stock and the modge podge- matte finish. I bought a small container of acrylic paint to coordinate with the paper colors and painted the sides and edges of the canvas. Then I started cutting stripes of paper and writing my rules. I used permanent black marker and varied my fonts but you could use stickers or rub ons for the words. The smaller canvas was easier because I did not have to glue the stripes of paper to fit the width. I varied how I finished the edges, tearing some, using fancy scissors on others and cutting straight across on the rest. When I was ready to glue my stripes on I covered the canvas with modge podge and started placing the stripes, overlapping just a tad.
Then I applied several layers of modge podge to the top, one at a time with a day of dry time in between each layer.
This is the finished product that I made for Sydney's teacher. I had Sydney write her name and the year on the back edge of the canvas in permanent marker. Her teacher loved it! I need to have Bill hang our family rules on the wall. This picture is dark for some reason, sorry. I am planning to make one for a baby shower gift with a poem on it. The ideas are endless.