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Last Minute Father’s Day Gift : Photo on Canvas Tutorial

17 Jun

It is Wednesday and time for Extreme Makeover: Me Edition, but since we are running around trying to get ready for our trip, my fridge is almost empty and needs a good clean out. Go over to Amber’s to see everyone else’s fridges and helpful snacking ideas.


I realized that it’s Father’s Day on Sunday and wanted to make something special for my sweet husband. So my kids and I made this yesterday. This is a project that is fast and easy but meaningful.


Father’s Day Photo on Canvas

This is what you need:

  1. 1 canvas (I paid $4 at my local craft store) 11 x 14
  2. White cotton fabricthat is 100% cotton
  3. Printed fabric that is also 100% cotton
  4. scissors
  5. iron
  6. staple gun
  7. Iron on transfer paper (you can find this at your office supply store like Staples or Office Max)
{this is the original, very old picture}
  • Upload your picture to your computer. I added a little bit of text through a fun editing program called I also added the year for fun. If you add text, you meed to be sure to reverse it so when you iron it on it will be the right side. Or you can check you printer set up, some have a print out option that says iron on transfers – it will automatically reverse your text.
  • Then you need to make your picture bigger. My picture is a really old one so the quality was horrible when it was blown up. If you have a more recent picture, yours will turn out much clearer than mine. I used Microsoft Picture Manager and made the photo into a 8 x 10 size.
  • Print out the picture on to your photo transfer paper.
  • Iron the print onto the white cotton fabric. You need to have your iron on the highest setting with no steam. Apply pressure and iron for at least 3 minutes.
  • After a few minutes — peel the transfer paper off.
  • Now cut around the image.
  • Take your printed material, lay the canvas frame on top of the material. Cut out the material around the canvas, leaving about 3 inches on each side.
  • Lay your photo on the u[ side of the printed fabric. (The reason I transferred the image onto white fabric was so that the image will show through better against the print.)
  • Take another, blank sheet of transfer paper and lay it over the photo that you already ironed onto the printed fabric. Iron that blank transfer page over your photo. This will attach the photo to the printed fabric. (If you don’t want to do that, you can use adhesive to attach the photo to the printed material — but it might not lay flat.)
  • Wait a few minutes until cool – then peel off.
  • Lay your printed fabric inside out with the photo on it on your work surface, lay the canvas over the top. Carefully turn the canvas over, holding the cotton material tight. Position the picture where you want it in relation to the canvas.
  • Turn the canvas back over, then pull th material taut and staple one side of the frame. Turn it back over to make sure it is still in position. Then staple the other side, making sure to keep tightly pulled. Do this on each side until you have stapled all of the material on the frame. This may take a while to get everything straight and pulled tight.
  • Once you have the material attached to the fame, the fun begins.
  • Take some contrasting fabric and ribbons and embellish it whatever way you choose. I cut a 3 inch wide section of a contrasting cotton material and stapled it underneath at both end across one side of the picture, Then I took some other ribbons and strips of other material and tied it. It would also be cute to add other embellishments. You could hot glue those on to the canvas.

A picture of your kids would also be really cute for Father’s Day. Or for a grandpa, pictures of his grandkids would be fun! It would also be a special gift for a birthday present, a anniversary gift (you could do an old wedding photo), or even a picture of a flower would be nice all embellished.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Decoupage: Little Seaside Boxes

1 Jun

I made some little decoupage seaside boxes that I gave my mom and mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. I found some adorable framed pendants that I wrapped up inside. My mom keeps her little box in her bedroom.

{I attached seashells and vintage buttons to the top using Gorilla Glue}

Have a creative day!