Random Ramblings: { DIY PRINT CANVAS }

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


 Back a few months ago I was given the opportunity to give away a canvas print here on my blog.
I also got one myself.  I have always wanted a canvas print and was so excited to get it.
After I received it my mom said she wanted one for herself.  Well I knew that my mom would need one much bigger than the 8x10 I had.  So I thought I would try to make her a big one for a lot cheaper than the price to buy one.

I did some research on pinterest and came up with my plan.  There were lots of different ideas, so I just went with what I thought seemed the best for me.

I first printed a 18x24 engineering print from Staples.  They only come in black and white, but that was fine with me because that is what I wanted anyways.  


* Engineering print from staples (18x24 was the smallest of the 3 sizes you can print)... just depends on what size you want it and what size your canvas is )
* Modge podge
* foam brush
* spray adhesive
* blank canvas

I got my canvas as Hobby Lobby in a 2 pack. I got the 16x20 size and the 2 pack was only $7.99 and I used my 40% off coupon on top of that.  
I also grabbed the Modge Podge and foam brush at Hobby Lobby too.  

I ordered the print from staples, and they are super cheap too.  I ordered 2 so that I could practice with one just to make sure I liked it.  Make sure when you order your print that you order it BIGGER than the size canvas that you have.  I had a 16x20 canvas so I ordered the 18x24 print. 

First thing you need to do is spray the entire canvas with the spray adhesive.
Now by my trial and error, lay the print on the table, print side down and lay the canvas, centered on top of it and press firmly over and over again to make sure that the canvas sticks to the print.
I pushed and pushed and smoothed it out several times.
Then let it dry OVERNIGHT.  This is important.  Trust me I learned the hard way.
Then the next day when you check it, it will be for sure dry by then and you can move on to the next step.  

So then what I did was spray the longer sides with a little spray glue and then fold up the sides of the print.  Thing of all the next steps as if you were wrapping a present.  Press firmly on the sides to make them stick well.  

Then I sprayed a little on the shorter side of the canvas and on the print itself as well.  I folded in the sides , just as you would to wrap a present.  

Then I sprayed a little more on the folded parts and wrapped them up to the canvas. 

I let this sit for a little bit, but not overnight.  
Next I took the foam brush and the modge podge bottle and covered the entire canvas with it.  Don't worry, it goes on cloudy but dries clear.
Go all in one direction with this coat.
Let this dry completely, overnight.
Then the next day do this same step again, but with this coat go in the opposite direction.
For example,  first I did it vertical then I did it horizontal.

Then after it is all dry, it is done and ready to be hung.  I LOVE how it came out and I was so excited to give it to my mom for Christmas. 
One thing I noticed in the difference between this and an actual canvas print was that the actual canvas print was pretty bumpy from being printed on the canvas itself, and this one has great texture, but not any of the distortion from being printed on the canvas.  

It was hard to get a good close up of the texture, but you can see it here petty good.  You can see the lines from going in the different directions with the brush and modge podge.  

Now that the holidays are over, my plan is to make  more of these, one of each of the kids to join this lonely print hanging on the wall.  I actually haven't decided if I want to hang the 
 of them going up the stairs, or on this wall in the family room.  If I hang them on the stairs I am going to move the 3 beautiful {empty} frames I have hanging on the stairs to this wall.  They have been empty for over a year now, waiting for me to find 2 more at Joanns, and fill them with a print of each of  the kids.  But I think these big prints will make a big impact going up the stairs just as well.  
I guess I will decide after I get them finished.  

Let me know if you make some of these too.  They are so much fun and easy to make.  


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