This is the 13th post in the 15-Day Blog Writing Challenge.
Today, I am doing something completely different. I am sharing my first-ever DIY Tutorial. For Father’s Day my daycare kids created amazing gifts for their Dads. I loved how they turned out so much I had to share. The great thing about this DIY Photo Canvas project is you can make it as a gift for any occasion or simply as a keepsake for your own home. It is a fun arts and crafts project to do with the kids!
I drew my original inspiration for the project from one of my favorite crafty blogs – LiterallyInspired.com. Ginger did an amazing tutorial about creating a DIY Canvas from your favorite photo. I took this idea and altered it a bit to make it more kid-focused.
Finger Paint Photo Canvas
Here is how you can make yours:
Step One: Gather the materials – A blank canvas (I used an 8 X 10 size), two sponge brushes, mod podge, clear acrylic sealer, finger paint, and a photo. I used a 5X7 photo and edited it at PicMonkey.com, which is my favorite free online photo editing program. I added text and chose an effect that made the photo look like it was faded on the edges.
Step Two: Allow your child to finger paint on the canvas. I use washable paint because I am always terrified of allowing my kids to touch paint I can’t wash off any surface. It’s your house though, so that is your call. Let the paint dry (I used a hair dryer to speed up the process).
Step Three: Once your canvas is dry, use one sponge brush to layer on the mod podge all over the canvas. Put a little extra in the middle where the photo will be placed.
Step Four: Gently place your photo on the canvas and use the same sponge brush to layer the mod podge on top of the photo and all over the canvas. I used horizontal strokes over the photo.
Step Five: Use the clean sponge brush to gently wipe the excess mod podge off the photo. I used vertical strokes to remove the excess. Allow mod podge to slightly dry.
Step Six: Spray the entire canvas with the clear acrylic sealer. I allowed it to dry and then did another coat of the sealer.
And there you have it, a cool looking and fun Finger Paint Photo Canvas you can do with the kids. Please share this on Pinterest by pressing the Pinterest button at the end of the post if you love this idea!
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