I’m excited to feature something new today! Over at my previous blog I shared DIY projects/crafts. After pondering how to bring some of that creativity over here, I’ve decided to feature a monthly craft – a (simple) creative idea to add a little beauty to your world. It might be a pretty decoration you can display around the home or perhaps a homemade gift you can give to a friend.
Today’s craft is DIY Canvas Prints. On the top menu of this blog there is a “Printables” page where you can download some inspirational quotes designed by me. They are in PDF format and print FREE for you! Find that page here.
I thought it would be fun to show you how to take these prints and display them on a canvas in a few simple steps.
First you’ll need to gather a few supplies:
- a blank canvas (8×10)
- your print
- a foam brush
- Mod Podge (found at your local craft store)
The print will need to be trimmed a little bit to fit the canvas. Flip the print over and place the canvas on top. Then trace around the canvas with a pencil and use scissors to trim the excess paper.
Next use a foam brush and paint the canvas with mod-podge (a craft glue/finish). I also find it helpful to add a thin coat of mod-podge to the back of the print. Place the print on the canvas using your hand to smooth it out. You want to make sure that every nook and cranny is thoroughly adhered to the canvas so that the paper doesn’t bubble. If the edges are lifting, use the foam brush to add another thin layer of mod-podge along the edges (a side at a time) and firmly press down the paper so that it’s flush with the canvas.
Now you’re ready to apply a layer of mod-podge over the print; this will give it a canvas-like effect. Use a back and forth motion with your foam brush making sure the whole picture is covered with mod-podge. Let it dry slightly and then go the other direction. The ink may smear a little bit when using a print that has colored ink but I think it adds a unique effect.
Once it’s dry smooth out any bubbles with your hand. There may be a wrinkle or two but it just takes a little practice.
As I mentioned above there is a printables page where you can download a few free printables. I add to this page occasionally. Now when you subscribe to this blog via email you also receive a PDF of the two prints shown above. If you’re a current email subscriber and want these PDF’s just let me know in the comments section and I will gladly email them to you!
Note: I printed the black and white “In Christ” one on yellow card-stock but it can be printed on the paper of your choice. It would even look nice on fun scrapbook paper.
I hope you enjoy creating a little beauty to enjoy for yourself or share with someone else!