So I was perusing pinterest for some cheap art work ideas when I came across one pin showcasing how to make a DIY canvas look-a-like on the cheap…right up my alley. I took the tips I read about and added my own style ideas and with some trial and error I came up up with what you see here.
1. Loctite spray adhesive – make sure you pick up the kind made specifically for foam otherwise, it will eat the foam. I did some heavy trial and error to find what adhesive would work best and I LOVE this one. I love it so much, here is a picture so you do not miss it:
3. VERY sharp razor OR a very nice hardware man
4. 3’x 4′ (36″x48″) engineering print out of your favorite picture from staples.
I was able to save some time and order my print online. It cost about $7 a print for this size but you can go smaller, 2×3 (24″x36″), and get them for only $4 a print – this is the size the pinner had used but I wanted something a bit more in your face so I went BIG. I think it was totally worth the extra cost. Scotch wall tabs WHAT I DID: I ordered my print the night before. Even though I selected a pick up date two days from the order date, the next morning I got an email saying my print was ready for pick up. Don’t mind if I do. I headed over from work, picked up my print from staples and then headed over across the street to the local Lowes for the remainder of my supplies. While perusing the aisles for just the right adhesive, I had Lowes cut my foam board into four long pieces so that I had four pieces like this one: I wanted a more modern feel to my pictures which is why I chose this size and shape but your options are pretty much endless with how you can shape the foam board. Also, it just happens that cutting the board at Lowes allowed me to transport the foam home perfectly in the front seat of my car. I begn to worry about that when I saw just how big the insulation boards were. If you don’t want to cut the board until you’re home, then make sure you have a BIG car to transport the foam board inside of. You can’t just throw these boards in the back of the truck or you will look in your rear view mirror and find your board is flying out.
Once home, I trimmed about 4 inches off the top of each piece with my handy bread knife, laid my print out over the board and played with the print’s positioning until I had it just right. Then, I carefully lifted up about a foot section of the bottom, sprayed adhesive on the board and smoothed the bottom portion back onto the board, applying pressure from the inside out. I then did the same at the top of the print. Make sure you lightly lay the print onto the board with adhesive and smooth it out from middle up and middle out. This will avoid wrinkles and bubbles in your print. Have a bubble or a wrinkle? No problem! The great thing about this adhesive is that you can gently pull the print off of the board and replace it where you want it. No tears. No reapplying adhesive. I LOVE this adhesive! After the front portion is affixed to your foam board just perfectly, flip the board over and use the adhesive to fold your corners over almost like you are wrapping a gift. You want sharp corners like this: I let my boards air out a bit. The adhesive can be a bit overwhelming in small spaces. Once dry, I used Scotch wall tabs, one top middle and one bottom middle of each canvas, to attach them to my wall. Voila! All supplies and printouts cost me just under $50.00 for 4 canvas look-a-likes. Now that is a great savings when compared to your normal canvas pricing!
HERE’S A TIP: to save even more, print out your pictures in the 24″ x36″ size, pick up a foam poster board from the dollar tree and voila, a canvas print for $5.00!!!