Who doesn’t love some canvas photo art? I’ve always wanted to find that perfect picture to make into a canvas and hang in our house. However, I do find it weird to hang a huge picture of Andy and I up in our house. I mean we already have a whole hallway collage of our wedding pictures, and since we don’t have any pictures of our baby yet, I had to find some other adorable children to photograph. In comes my niece and nephew.
Both of these pictures I took at Easter this year. Josey’s photo however did need some photoshop before I got started since I didn’t want the spaghetti and milk to come through on the photo.
My plan of action, the $5 or so engineer prints from Staples (which you can find tutorials all over Pinterest). First I changed these pictures to black and white (I don’t trust Staples to change it for me – their engineer prints only come in black and white). I then took a flash drive with both pictures to Staples and asked for the largest engineer print they had, which was 4 ft x 3 ft.
I then went to Lowe’s and picked up a piece of installation board for $10. This board is huge and I only used 1/2.
I then used a drywall T and a X-acto knife to cut the board to shape. I decided to make these all square photos so they can be lined up against a wall or down the stairs and all be even.
Note that I made three different boards (since Andy’s sister just had their third child, but I unfortunately don’t have any pictures of baby Wyatt yet). After I cut the boards, I lightly sanded them to get the edges smooth. I also peeled off the silver metalic lining in order to reveal the cardboard underneath.
I then used simple craft stick glue and glued the pictures onto the cardboard and used a credit card to smooth out any wrinkles. I just loved how they turned out and I can’t wait to make one for our little bundle of joy in December.
Here is a picture to get size comparison. Note though that your picture needs to be good resolution before you get it enlarged. I did try getting an engineer print made for a friend of mine for a wedding gift but the picture she gave me was not from a DSLR camera and the resolution wasn’t good so it turned out to be a hot mess.
I did get a call from my sister-in-law tonight saying that she loved them. As she just moved into a new house, she has plenty of walls to fill and with a newborn at home, I thought this would be a good housewarming gift. I just need to get the third one of Wyatt to complete the collection.
Here’s the cost breakdown:
Installation board = $10.00
2 engineer prints (4ft x 3ft) from Staples = $7.01
Black craft paint = free (already had on hand)
Total = $17
Cost per picture = $8.50
Talk about a knock off on canvas art this size.