This year for Christmas, my father was the only one to receive a handmade gift. Between school, kids, and moving twice, I simply did not have time to make more homemade gifts. That being said, this is perhaps the most favorite gift I have ever made.
I made him a wooden sign, with the quote "The only thing better than having you as my dad, is my girls having you as their papa." It was cute, but I felt it needed something more. Perhaps a picture of my girls. I stumbled upon the idea of canvas prints at home while browsing Pinterest, and after some additional research I put a few different methods together. This is not the only way to do it, but it was what worked best for me. I found a wonderful video on this method, but I cannot find the link now. If you do a Google search of DIY Photo Canvas, you will come up with a lot of hits. Finding a method that works for you is key to success in this project. I had many mistakes, and had to throw away a few attempts.
3 pack of 8x10 Canvas - These are roughly $3 at Walmart. They are thin and fit into a photo frame.
Inkjet printer - This will not work as well with a laser printer, if at all. I do not have a laser printer to test. In fact, I have a super cheap deskjet.
Tissue paper - preferably white, but I'm sure any light color would work. Just remember that any "white" space will end up the color of your paper. I got a pack of 50 sheets at the dollar store.
I had everything on hand to do this project, except the tissue paper and canvas. I spent $4 on those supplies, so with that, this project already paid for itself!
Figure out which side your printer will print on, and load paper accordingly. You'll want the tissue paper side to be printed on. The copy paper allows for some stiffness, and easier feeding through the printer. The first time I did this, I did not use copy paper, and my printer jammed. As you can see, it's a basic printer with no bells or whistles.
As a note, I printed these using Windows Live Gallery. So, the following options/settings are for that program. You'll want to find similar settings on your computer program. This will help the printing go smoothly. I have also tried to enlarge the pictures so that you may see them a little better.
If you want, you can mod podge them to seal the prints. I did, and notice that it causes the ink to run a bit. So, the second batch I did not seal them. I also noticed it looks much more authentic if you rub your fingers over it really well after smoothing out the bubbles. This allows the canvas texture to really come through.
Now that I've made 6 of them, it takes me less than a half hour to make 3. It really is a quick project, and quite cheap as well.