Friday, January 4, 2013

Custom Photo Canvas

Now that the holidays are behind us, I wanted to share a project with you. It took me a while to work up the courage to do this, but I am thrilled that I finally did! For Christmas at work, we all draw names and have a $20 gift limit. I lucked out this year by not drawing one of the mechanics' names. Seriously, it's the same thing every year....get them a flashlight. I don't know what it is about the guys I work with, but they are obsessed with flashlights. I'm sorry, but it gets a little boring....

This year I drew one of my friends and I knew immediately what I wanted to do. She has a sweet baby girl who photographs so well... I finally broke down and gathered the courage to try a Pinterest project. Let me tell you, I was nervous! I wanted it to turn out great, but I was scared to death I would mess it up.

I bought a 16 x 20 white canvas at Hobby Lobby (Don't pay full price for these! You can always find a coupon on their website or on your smart phone.), some Elmer's Glue Spray Adhesive, and some pink ribbon. You can easily upload a photo at and have them print off a poster sized print. I was a little concerned about the quality of the poster print, but when I picked it up it was perfect. I was worried that it would be on flimsy paper, but it was on quality photo paper.

When I got home, I laid the photo on top of the canvas. I wanted a little bit of the canvas to show around the edges of the photo to help seal everything up. Ryan trimmed the photo down 1/8" on each side with a sharp utility knife.

I then sprayed the blank canvas with the Elmer's adhesive. It was repositionable for about 15 seconds and Ryan helped me lay the photo on the canvas. We carefully smoothed it out and made sure it was centered properly. The glue needed to dry for about an hour, so I flipped it over and placed books on the back of the canvas for some weight.

After an hour, I flipped it back over and everything looked great. I spread glossy Mod Podge over the photo and used a foam brush to apply it evenly. I spread it from left to right and tried to get everything uniform. Yes, it will look like you just smeared white Elmer's glue all over your photo. No, you have not ruined it! I promise it will dry clear. I let it dry overnight and then applied another coat. I made sure to seal the edges as well. 

I tied a bow with the ribbon and Ryan stapled the ends to the back of the canvas. I love how it turned out! 

I also did two 8 x 10's of Caleb's picture for my mom and mother-in-law. It's really a simple project that ends up looking great. I am so glad I gave it a try! Normally, you would pay between $65.00 and $80.00 for a custom photo canvas this size. I pulled it off for around $20.00! 

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  1. great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from TT&J link party. Come by and visit!

  2. I would love to do at least one of the pictures Michael and I had made a couple years ago. That would be awesome. You did a great job!

  3. This looks did an awesome job! I've seen this idea before and wondered if it worked...good to know it does! Thanks for linking up! :)



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