It's about that time of year when I start racking my brain for gift ideas. But it's important to add that I'm also constantly checking our family budget, too. (There I said it. Now Mr. Oopsey Daisy will be truly proud!) So do-it-yourself gifts are always a big plus!
These distressed photo canvases are one of all-time my favorite projects. This might be silly, but I was truly amazed at the transformation. I had no idea I could really create my own photo canvas!
Photo canvases are definitely hot right now!
It seems that I always see photo canvases sold online--but they aren't always cheap! Admittedly, I have purchased a few in the past, and I do love them! I love the natural texture of canvases. But you can create your very own at a fraction of the cost. And you can give it a distressed look during the process, too.
I won't give a full tutorial because the amazing Delia has already written a beautiful one.
You copy or print your very own photos on regular old copy paper. That's easy enough. I printed 3 of my favorite black-and-white photos of Little Man.
I bought a group of regular old 8x10 canvases when they were on sale at Michael's.
The key to transferring the photo to a plain canvas is this gel medium. If you use a 40% off coupon, you can pick this up at Michael's for around $10.
It takes a few cycles of spritzing the photo with water, letting it dry, and then peeling away the paper.
The process lends to a little natural distressing.
LOVE this look with the black and white photos!
These 3 photo canvases are the first thing you see when you walk into Little Man's bedroom.
Aren't they lovely?
I am ready to make some more! I am envisioning some black and white wedding photos... perhaps a gift for our upcoming wedding anniversary?
So go get the full tutorial at Delia Creates! The details are important.
These make very personal and beautiful gifts!
Enjoy your weekend!