If you’ve shopped for gifts more than a Christmas or two, and I know you have, then you know how hard it can be to come up with the perfect gift. We’ve had plenty of years when we wanted to give gifts to dozens of people, but lacked the budget to support said gift-giving. Making gifts is always fun, though finding the time isn’t always the easiest thing. Then there’s the issue of coming up with a gift that isn’t completely tacky when you only have a couple dollars to spend on each one. There have been a few years when our family made almost 100 such gifts to give to our church family, neighbors and others. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing a little series here and there with some quick inexpensive gift ideas. And today, I give you the first in our series – Gifts for Giving| DIY Christmas Canvas Prints.
Gifts for Giving | DIY Christmas Canvas Prints
Several years ago I purchased a few sets of Christmas prints from Caravan Shoppe including the Noel Set and I absolutely love them. They’re beautiful, printable in all sorts of sizes, and downloadable which means you can print as many as you want. Whether you’re looking at making 8-10 or 80-100 gifts, when a set of four prints is only $4, then you’ve found a good thing!
My friend Kalyn over at Sincerely, Sweetpea has just released a Christmas Printable Collection in her Etsy shop that you may want to check out too. My favorite is “Merry Christmas ya filthy animals”, because my boy likes to yell that when he walks in the house. Even in July. Yeah, he’s cool like that.
Supplies for you Christmas Canvas Print
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You will need to gather the following items …
- Art canvas board – I used the 5 x 7 size for this project
- Mod Podge – I prefer the matte finish
- Foam brush – a set of these gives you a variety of sizes to choose from
Some extras touches that you may wish to include are …
- burlap or fabric of your choice – almost as large as your canvas
- glitter – I used fine glitter in a clear color so as not to overpower the artwork
- tulle or chiffon for a bag
- Ink pad – I used the Distress ink from Tim Holtz
You can make these in so many ways, depending on what embellishments you choose to add. I’ll walk through the process I used for two prints, and y’all can add your own amazing touches from there.
Creating the Peace print
Cut the print slightly smaller than your art canvas. Apply a coat of Mod Podge on the canvas and press the print, right side up, onto the Mod Podged canvas. Smooth out any bubbles that try to pop up. Holding the print firmly, apply another coat of Mod Podge all the way to the edge of your canvas. Sprinkle your glitter on top and let it dry.
While your canvas is drying, cut a piece of tulle or chiffon that measures twice as wide as your canvas + 2″. The other side needs to be as tall as your canvas + 4 – 6 inches, 4″ if you have a 5 x 7 frame or smaller and closer to 6″ if your frame is larger than 5 x 7. Fold the widths together and stitch down one side and across the bottom about 1/2″ away from the raw edges. Trim the seams as needed and turn it right side out and your gift bag is ready.
When the Canvas has dried, add your ribbon, using a few spots of Mod Podge on the back to hold it in place and tie a knot or bow in the front. We added a little clear jewel to these, because my then 13-year old suggested it and we decided it was a brilliant idea. It adds just enough sparkle without moving into too much glitz.
Once your canvas print is all done, slip it in your little gift bag and tie it up with a bow. Then either vacuum or declare the glitter part of your festive decor and call it done.
Creating the Oh Holy Night print
Cut the fabric / burlap, if you happen to have yards of it left from your daughter’s wedding, slightly smaller than you art canvas. Apply a coat of Mod Podge on the canvas and press the fabric / burlap down onto the Mod Podge. Smooth out any bubbles that try to pop up. Holding the fabric / burlap firmly, apply another coat of Mod Podge all the way to the edge of your canvas and allow to dry completely.
Cut the print slightly smaller than your fabric or burlap. Repeat the same process with the print.
When the Canvas has dried, add your ribbon, using a few spots of Mod Podge on the back to hold it in place and tie a knot or bow in the front.
Finishing the back
There are usually stickers to cover up on the back of your canvas, so you can cut a piece of card stock 1/2″ smaller than your canvas on all 4 sides and glue it to the back using a sturdy craft glue. If you want a hanger, fold a piece of thin ribbon in half, tape it 1 1/2″ below the top of your canvas and glue it under the card stock, as shown in the picture. I added a piece of Christmas washi tape at the top and bottom to make it a little more festive.
This becomes a perfect place for a thank you note and each recipient’s name. If you have a lot of people on your gift list, it’s the easiest way to make sure everyone gets theirs.
Most of these steps are pretty straightforward and also allow for a lot of creative license. Depending on how many you have to do, they can be completed in one evening or in little bits of time over the course of several evenings.
I have given these as gifts several years and this year decided to stick a few in our Christmas tree. And now I’ll be adding more to our collection. It’s an inexpensive and creative way to add some big punch to your Christmas decor.
So what artwork have you found that would make a great Christmas Canvas Print? I would love to hear about other good sources since it seems I’m about to add to our collection.