DIY Distressed Photo Canvases

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.

Simple version

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!

Rolled Canvas Giveaway {UPrinting} – CLOSED

This giveaway is now closed.

Yay!  It's Thursday!

I love giveaway days--a chance for an Oopsey Daisy reader to win something really cool!

UPrinting is an online printing company.

On their website, you can find a variety of printing services from business cards to greeting cards... From stickers to yard signs!  I checked out UPrinting's website today, and here are a few things that caught my eye:

I am incredibly impressed with the prices of UPrinting's greeting cards.  I think this is the best rate I've seen... and it's never too early to start thinking about Christmas cards!

Listen up business owners!  Using the services available at UPrinting, you can create your own yard signs, vinyl banners, magnets, window clings, and more!  You can upload your own images or design them online.

But here is my favorite part:

UPrinting also specializes in canvas printing.  I don't know about you, but I LOVE canvas prints!  I love the texture.

Today UPrinting is offering one 16 x 20" rolled canvas print to 1 lucky reader!  That's huge!

A rolled canvas is a fraction of the cost of a stretched canvas print.  And you can preserve your art in a cute frame!

Here are some more details on this lovely prize:

You can customize this canvas so it includes a 2-inch border or no border.

This includes free shipping with a 1-business day turnaround.

For U.S. residents 18 years old and above.

Here is how you can win:

1.  "Like" UPrinting on Facebook.  Tell them hello and let them know you're stopping by from Oopsey Daisy!  Let me know in a comment.

2.  What kind of photo you would print on this rolled canvas?  Let me know in a comment.


This giveaway will close on Wednesday, September 28 at midnight.

The winner will be announced via Facebook/Twitter and then e-mailed directly.

Good luck friends!!

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