So I have been dying to redecorate the house with some nice pictures, but didn’t have a lot of money to spend! So of course, I used pinterest to get some ideas
I came across a pin that showed you how to get massively large pictures printed for very cheap and then how to put them on boards to give it that canvas effect.
I can’t even explain how beautiful these are in person! They look awesome, and it’s fairly easy too
Not to mention I did both of these pictures (with leftover materials for 2 more pictures) for around $35!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
-Perma “R” or Polyshield Foam insulation board ($12.98-makes 4 huge canvas pictures!). You can get these from Lowe’s and probably Home Depot. They are located in the insulation or fiberglass aisle. They come in huge flat sheets (mine was 1in x 4ft x 8ft), and it’s kind of like compressed styrofoam. You can get the cheaper Polyshield (around $11), but I would opt for the more durable Perma “R” board. It was just a lot more sturdy. Then, if your Lowe’s has a nice person to help you, they can cut the board into 4 equal sections. My Lowe’s wasn’t excited about cutting it, so if yours doesn’t want to, then you can easily do it at home with a straight edge and an xacto knife or something that cuts. And the edges may be a little rough, that’s okay
-Loctite Spray Adhesive (Repositionable Kind- $4.58) This is great adhesive because you can lift and reposition your picture if you have a wrinkle or want to move it! And it’s safe for foam. This was found near the spray paint. You can also continue to reuse this again and again for future canvas projects!
-Paint Guide ($1.46) This is something you may already have, but it’s just a large plastic flat edge to help smooth any bubbles or bumps.
-Engineering Print of your photo that you want to canvas! (I chose the largest 36 x 48 size, which was $6.59 each). If anything, I think finding out about this was the coolest thing of this project! At your local Staples (or similar store), they have what’s called an “Engineer Print”. It’s basically for blueprints to be printed on, and they are fairly cheap! BUT, you can also get pictures printed on them too!
* FYI, I would be sure to get your pictures done for your first time, before you get the materials, just to make sure your local store can print them, and that you don’t have any problems. This way you haven’t bought all the other materials if something is wrong. Mine worked great with no problems!*
-In the middle of the page, you will see a section that has Banners, Engineering Prints, and Oversized Prints. Click on that. Then click “Engineering Prints“.
-Select the size you want (in my case it was 36 x 48), and click “Design Now“. It will also tell you the prices for the smaller sizes.
-Click on the “Begin” button under the Engineering Prints section.
-This is where you will upload your photo. Be sure to check the size (under Media) and that it is in black and white.
-Once you are done, you can check out! I ordered 2, and had them to be picked up at the store for free! I placed my order around 11, and at about 5, they called and said they were ready. It had originally said they wouldn’t be ready until the next day, but they were fast!
*Things to keep in mind: not all stores may do engineering prints, so just be aware of that. And online, it does say “Not suitable for photo images” under the Engineering Prints section. I am assuming this is just letting you know that the quality isn’t as best as a “printed picture” would be, but mine still looked great! And it wasn’t blurry or stretched at all. Just try and upload a good image to begin with, and you should have no problems. *
-Scotch Tape, Command or Scotch picture hanging strips (around $3 for the velcro ones that I used), sharp knife or xacto knife for cutting.
How To Create Your Canvas!
-Take one of your boards, and start positioning the picture how you would want it on there (shiny side on back). I had to cut off a little off the top (I used a knife), so that each side could be wrapped around the back, and give it that “canvas” look. It’s similar to wrapping a present, and very easy.
-Once you have made sure all of your sides have enough to go around, and you have it centered how you want it, then I took one side of the picture, lifted it up and sprayed the adhesive on the board evenly.
-I used the paint guide to start in the middle, and smooth it out to the edge to prevent bumps or wrinkles. BUT, if you do get a wrinkle, you should be able to reposition it!
-Once one side is done, do the same to the other, and then begin to fold your sides to the back.
-You can use tape and/or adhesive spray to hold the back in place.
- Let it dry for a little bit, and then attach your velcro strips, mounting tape, or whatever you want to use to the picture. I used the Command Velcro Mounting Strips for pictures. They were about $3, but you can also get a big pack for around $5 if you are doing a lot of canvases.
Here’s my final product!! I just LOVE them!!
If you want to take it a step further, you could probably put some Mod-Podge over the picture to help preserve it, and make it look even better! I haven’t tried that though, so I don’t know how it would work. These really look great like this! I hope you all enjoy and get to try this too! These make great gifts for others as well