DIY Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Quote Painting

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!*This post does contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase through an affiliate link, I do receive compensation however, the products through my links are at no additional cost to you.I’ve had a whole week off of work and it has been AMAZING!!! I’ve got so much done I’ve actually had time to sit down, relax, and do things that are fun for me. One of those things is painting! I’m definitely not the best artist, but I enjoy it. It’s a good way for me to relax and clear my mind, which is something everyone should take time to do every once in a while.

My boyfriends, sister’s birthday was few weeks ago. I had been seeing Lilly Pulitzer inspired paintings all over Pinterest, so I decided to paint her one for her birthday. It turned out a lot better than I anticipated. For her painting, I did purple flowers and her monogram in the middle. After that, I really wanted to paint one for myself. The canvas I bought came in a pack of 2, so I decided to paint another one for my sister for Christmas (I hope she doesn’t read this!)

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

On the paintings I did for my sister and I, instead of doing a monogram, I made the circle in the center a little bigger to have room to paint a quote. Again, these turned out wayyy better than I anticipated! I actually really shocked myself with how well these turned out!

What You’ll Need for a Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Painting:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic Paint (I used 4 colors: Tan, Mint Green, Green, White)
  • Paint Brushes in different sizes (these are my favorite)
  • Mod Podge
  • Something Circular (I used a paper plate for the quote and a bowl for the monogram)
  • Pencil
  • Glue Gun
  • Pearl Beads (optional)

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

Step 1: Trace the Circle

Lay the paper plate (or bowl) in the center of the canvas and trace it lightly with a pencil.

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

Step 2: Paint over the Traced Circle

Paint over the traced circle with the background color. I used tan for my paintings, but use whatever color you want for your background to paint the circle. I used a medium sized angled brush in this set to do this.

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

Step 3: Paint Different Sized Circles in the Background

These circles will be the flowers. Make them different sizes and fill up the background with them!

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

Step 4: Fill in the Background

Also, as you’re filling in the background, be sure to paint the edges of the canvas. It looks a lot cleaner!

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

Step 5: Start Painting the Flowers

Use a smaller brush and paint short brush strokes in the circles.  I used mint green for this step. This doesn’t have to be neat at all!

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

Once you do a few short brush strokes in all of the circles, mix half mint green, half white and repeat in the white spaces in the flowers. Then do it again to fill in the rest of the exposed canvas by mixing white with a drop or 2 of mint green to make a super light mint green color.

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

Step 6: Add leaves to the Flowers

Fill in the open background space with leaves! I try to add about 2 leaves to each flower. I used green mixed with a few drops of white for the leaf color.

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

Step 7: Paint A Colored Circle to Border the Quote (or monogram)

I used the half mint green, half white color for this and I used the same medium sized angled brush. So, basically just paint over the first large circle. I also painted the center of that circle with white paint just to clean everything up.

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

Step 8: Paint the Quote!

There’s really no easy way to do this. I tried printing out the quote and tracing it with a pencil (reallllly thickly) and transferring it to my canvas…it didn’t work. So I free-handed it. I wrote out my quote lightly with pencil (so I could erase it if I needed to until it was perfect), then I used the tiniest brush in the brush set to paint over the quote with the mint green paint (not mixed with white.)

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

Step 9: Mod Podge

Paint over the entire painting with Mod Podge. I used the glossy finish. The Mod Podge seals everything in and makes it look polished!

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

Step 10: (optional) Hot Glue Pearl Beads Around the Quote

DIY Lilly Pulitzer inspired painting. It's the perfect Christmas gift for a sister, friend, or cousin and it's so affordable to make!

I absolutely love the way this turned out! This painting is the perfect Christmas gift if you don’t know what to get someone. And you can make it as personalized as you want to! Leave a comment below and let me know if you give this a try! And be sure to check out my other DIY Painting!