DIY Eye Chart Tutorial

I love it when a room starts to come together and you finally begin to see your vision unfold! Oh it’s a magical feeling! I am making a TON of progress on the family room makeover (it’s only been 9 months) and I feel like I’m getting closer and closer to the big reveal. Things have been moving right along until I ran out of supplies for a HUGE project and I’m not sure when I will be getting more in :( So while I’m waiting to finish the last big project in the space I thought I’d give you a few teasers with some of the smaller projects. Consider this a little peak into the room.

DIY Eye Chart

Today I’m sharing my DIY Eye Chart Tutorial. I’ve seen a few variations of them around and I love the vintage look at feel and the fact that they can be completely customized. You can include your family member names, a sweet saying, scripture, or just a mix of your favorite letters and numbers. The possibilities are endless. This would also make a great house warming gift or wedding gift!

DIY Eye Chart Tutorial

I used one of my favorite scriptures for the text, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4” It’s a scripture that I have kept close to my heart since I was a little girl and it is something I think about daily. I love that something so special and personal to me is now hanging on a piece of artwork in our home.

DIY Eye Chart Tutorial

If you know me by now, I’m always trying to decorate on a budget and one of the easiest ways to do that is by upcycling things already in your home. Would you believe this DIY Eye Chart used to look like this?

DIY Eye Chart Tutorial

Because I used wall art I already owned and leftover paint, this project cost was 100% FREE! You can’t beat that.

DIY Eye Chart Tutorial


1. I started by taking apart the existing artwork.

2. I separated the canvas from the frame and painted them both white. I gave them each 3 coats of paint.

3. Next I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the template for my eye chart. I used Arial font and the top letter starts in font size 288. Each line has one extra letter than the previous and I cut the font size down roughly 50% from one line to the next. The last line of text is font size 10. (Note: There is a great website called that helps you create a custom eye chart for free. Unfortunately this didn’t work for me because my scripture didn’t fit into their template so I had to create my own. But if you want an easy print out, head on over.)

4. I cut my text onto some dollar store vinyl to create a stencil (probably not the best but it was just for a stencil and it worked). Vinyl works great as a stencil because it sticks to the surface and you don’t have to worry about it moving around. Plus, it peels up nicely when you are done.

5. I used a basic black Sharpie to fill in each of the letters. I used a regular tip for the larger letters and then used a fine tip for the smaller letters.

6. Once I was done, I peeled off the vinyl and put the frame back onto the canvas.

It was a really simple project, you could easily do this in a few hours!

I’ll be revealing more family room details throughout the next few weeks AND hopefully by then I’ll have all the supplies I need to finish the last big project! To learn more about the direction I’m taking for the room you can view my Pinterest board here!


Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. taylor@theplumverbena says

    I just found your blog through homestoriesatoz. I love it! Love this project, and think I will be trying it myself soon.

  2. says

    Oh my goodness I am IN LOVE!!! The verse is beautiful and I love the crisp white with black… so fabulous!
    please come link this up (and any other projects you like!) at our Hearts&Homes link up on — have a blessed week :)

  3. says

    I’ve been a fan of eye chart art for a while, but I love how yours is so custom. I wasn’t aware that there was an online eye chart maker. Thanks for that tip! I might have to surprise my husband with one of these for our anniversary.

  4. Courtney says

    oh goodness that is too cute! I am working on a redo in one of our bathrooms and this would be perfect!!

  5. says

    The eye chart is awesome! I LOVE the font type you chose for this project and how well it coordinates with the frame! Thank you for leaving a sweet comment on my beachy living room :)

  6. says

    This is so amazing. I love the simplicity of it and how striking it is with the white frame. I loved it so much, I shared with my Facebook readers. I stopped over from It’s Overflowing.

  7. says

    Pure Sweetness. Love the verse, love the project… love that it was FREE! Thank you so much for the inspiration; can’t wait to try my hand at this! Have a happy and blessed Sunday. jules

  8. says

    I was just going to tell you I featured this today but you already saw it. LOL I love so many of your projects. I swear I could feature you every week. Thanks for always linking to the party. Have a great week!

  9. says

    Thank you for sharing at A Crafty Soiree, I’ve featured your frames in the newest one. It’ll be up at midnight tonight, please come by and check it out :)

  10. says

    I loooove this project! All your projects look so classy and put together. You are such a great photographer, too!
    Have you done a post about a room/home tour? I was looking, but didn’t see any.
    xo Becca

  11. says

    I absolutely love this…. one of my very favorite versus and I’ve always wanted an eye chart print! I’m going to head over the website that makes them for free to see what I can come up with! Amazing job on this – what a transformation!!

  12. Kolleen Dohermann says

    What do you mean by dollar store vinyl? You mentioned it was sticky and it made me think of clear contact paper. Thanks!!


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