Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Project: Mother's Day 2013

Last year, B and I had a LOT of fun making a race medal hanger for Jennifer for Mother's Day, so this year I knew I wanted to do another craft project of some sort with him.

I remember doing a lot of crafts when I was younger, and I can see how that has helped me throughout my life in a lot of ways -- that's something I'd like to pass onto him if I can.

Sometime earlier this year (probably during one of those sleepless nights with the baby where I was in a zombie-like state mindlessly looking at Pinterest) I found this tutorial on how to make picture canvases for a LOT cheaper than you can buy them for. I re-pinned it knowing I'd like to try it sometime, and since it seemed like a good project for a couple of guys, B and I decided to make it our Mother's Day project for this year.

I knew just the place to hang them, too -- above our headboard in our bedroom.

Before, we had a few pictures from our wedding up there (one was of our cake, another of the Louisville skyline, one was the back of Jennifer's dress, and the last was one of our centerpieces). While I loved the pictures, I really wanted something bigger that made more of a statement, and something that reflected where we are in our lives now. After playing around in Paint Shop Pro (this poor man's version of Photoshop), I was liking where things were going:

Sorry for the blurry picture -- my phone doesn't like the lighting in our room. 

So I ran by Michael's and picked up the supplies we needed:
  • 2 - 12" x 16" canvases (they had a 2-pack on sale for $4.49)
  • 1 - 20" x 16" canvas (originally $18.99 but I had a 40% off coupon making it $11.39)
  • Mod Podge (they only had the big can of the matte finish, which was $8.99)
  • Black paint - $0.50
  • Cheap brush - $0.99
  • Foam brush - $0.99
Supplies Total: $28.99

And Walgreen' was running a 33% off all prints special, so those came out as follows:
  • 2 - 12" x 18" (originally $12.99 each) - $20.76 after the discount
  • 1 - 16" x 20" (originally $14.99) - $15.93
Prints Total: $36.69

Grand Total: $65.68

Considering that the smaller ones run about $30 and the big one around $50 if you order them online as a true canvas print, we came in quite a bit cheaper.

And, we got the satisfaction and fun of doing it ourselves!

The first step was to paint the edges black. The original blogger said that gave the pictures more of a finished look.

We lucked out on the big one, though -- we found a black canvas!

Next we had to glue the prints onto the front of the canvases. Since the smaller two were a couple inches taller than we needed, we had to position them keeping that in mind, and trim off the excess.

After gluing them down they were really starting to look good!

Next up was layering on the Mod Podge. Three coats seemed to do the trick.

They looked really cloudy right after applying a new coat, but it cleared as it dried.

Here are the three stages side-by-side -- the picture of B (on the right) is just about dry; the picture of Grayson (on the left) is halfway dry; and the picture in the middle just got a new coat.

Once we finished putting all the layers of Mod Podge on them and let them dry for a few days it was time to add the wires to the back so we could hang them.

And the last step was to put them up! They turned out pretty close to the original design! (Sorry again for the  bad picture quality.)

This was a fun little project, and I'm really happy with how they turned out.

I think momma approved, too!

Happy Mother's Day babe -- I couldn't ask for a better mom for our boys!


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