I’m pretty sure everyone knows that the Grinch is my favorite holiday character, and by far my favorite Christmas movie (Elf is a close second).  I have Grinch pjs, mugs, shirts, everything I can find.

I’d argue that the Grinch is one of the best villains, and has the best villain song by Thurl Ravenscroft.  But in true cartoon and movie fashion, he ends up learning the true meaning of Christmas, which leads me to my favorite quote…

He puzzled and puzzed till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps… means a little bit more!

Well, I decided I wanted the shortened version of the quote somewhere in the house for the holidays!  After finding a canvas, some paint and a magic marker (and glass of wine), I was in business.

Grinch Quote on Canvas

What you’ll need:

  • 20″x16″ canvas
  • Blue & white acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Chisel tipped permanent marker

First, paint the background however you like.  Remember you want the focus to be on the quote, so don’t get too crazy with a background.  Since I’m big on blue & white, I opted for a light blue background with a white Christmas tree in the middle.

When the paint is dry, write out the quote on top of the paint in pencil.  I typed it out while on my computer in Helvetica neue and Carolyna pro black fonts, and used that as a reference as I free-hand drew the letters on the canvas.


Finally, go over the quote in marker.  Instead of using black paint, I decided to use a chisel tipped permanent marker to trace over the pencil so I would have more control.  I went over all the words, then went back and made some words bolder.


Voila – you’re done!  The handwriting and spacing isn’t perfect by any means, but I like how it turned out.  It’s currently sitting on a counter in my kitchen — a great place for a Grinch reminder.

Merry Grinchmas!

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