DIY canvas look-a-likes

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Hello again! Interested in making some SUPER CHEAP canvas look-a-likes?! I’m a huge canvas lover, but personally would never spend $300 on one this size! I wouldn’t even want to spend $50 on a small one. Mostly because I’m cheap, but also because there are SO many different ways to create canvas look-a-likes for little to no money!

This DIY canvas look-a-like literally took me about 40 minutes to do and $20!! And I absolutely LOVE them!! If you’re a crafter you most likely have most of these supplies already at your house, like I did. Here’s what you need to make these for yourself:

Supplies:
• Foam board (from Home Depot or Lowe’s) cut out to the size canvas you would like
• 4 engineer prints. Mine were 2×3 in size (staples will do these for about $4 a piece… NOTE this is only for black and white pictures. I wanted color, but if you want color the price jumps up significantly! To like $80 for one! You can order them offline from any other store you’d like as well) Also, Make sure you order something larger than your foam board so the picture can be wrapped around it.
• Spray adhesive (make sure it works on FOAM! Or else it will eat it away and you’ll be left with tiny holes all over)
• Double sided tape (I picked up some Scotch that worked best for walls without removing the paint with it when you take it down)

Steps:

1) I took my flash drive to staples and had them print out my 4 pictures. I chose 2×3 but you can go bigger or smaller based off of your foam board size. And if you want more of a close up picture then go bigger and just cut the extras off 🙂

2) My foam boards were already the perfect size, so I just laid the pictures down on the foam and adjusted it to where I’d like to glue it. (MAKE SURE YOU MEASURE THESE BEFORE YOU BUY THE PICTURES SO YOU KNOW YOUR PICTURE WILL FIT. Also you need to make sure your picture is big enough to wrap around the sides of the foam and a little on the back.)

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3) I then sprayed the adhesive on half of the board, meanwhile holding my picture up…I laid the picture back down and smoothed it out nicely and adjusted the picture to the perfect spot. Then I did the other half of the picture. Once the entire front was done I let it dry by putting it to the side and working on my other 3 pictures.

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4) Once all 4 of my pictures were glued down in the front I started back at the first picture to glue down the sides. I did this part just like wrapping a present. VERY tight on the corners so you could barely tell that there was a little fold there…this picture kind of shows it.

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5) After all 4 canvas look-a-likes were done I let them sit for another 10-15 mins just to make sure the back was completely dried before I hung them up on my wall.

6)Lastly, I applied some Scotch tape to the back and stuck them to the wall. 🙂

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I hope y’all enjoyed this one as much as I did!! Let me know what cha think!

-ashleigh.

It’s been awhile…

Hello readers! Happy Friday!

It’s been WAY too long, obviously. Honestly, I got a job. And it’s been keeping me busy 🙂 I haven’t been doing as many projects, but don’t get me wrong I’ve done a few over the past few months. Like this DIY fish tank thingy majiggy:

Before:                                                                                                   After:

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Picked this beauty up from a thrift store for $20! I think it’s supposed to be a microwave stand or some come-bob-err? But I decided to spray paint it, throw some stained wood on the top (because I was afraid the tank would be too heavy for the thin piece of wood that was currently on there), and I got some awesome vintage door knobs from Hobby Lobby as well. Whatcha think?! I think my fishies like it 🙂

I also made this fun colorful collage for the hallway:

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I painted the submarine and printed out the sayings (I just threw something together in Photoshop for that). This anchor was my first string art project, I took a couple of pictures of this super easy (but time consuming) project. I’ll post that next week for you!

And maybe a few other little things around the house when I had time. A couple of Pinterest fails as well…like these mason jar soap dispensers that we still use everyday (sorry a bit blurry for some reason)…

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I wouldn’t say it’s a huge fail, just should have put some more time into spray painting the top so it didn’t chip off every time I press down on it. Bla. But you can find a great (MUCH BETTER than I could make) tutorial here for these!

Besides that, the hubster and I watched a little LOT of Breaking Bad…like all 5 seasons. And I’m pretty much in love with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman<3 Buuuut now I’m in a “no show can ever be better than Breaking Bad” phase. I started Scandal from the beginning, which is good (but no BB!)

Anywho!! Just did this beauty last week, took me about 40 minutes and less than $20!

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Stay tuned for a little blog explaining how to do this yourself!! 🙂 [[don’t worry, I’m actually starting to write this one up as we speak you read. So it should be up by the beginning of next week, and not four months from now.]]

OH AND A HUGE PS. —–> thank you SO much to all the ladies and gents out there re-pinning my Pinterest posts!!! I’ve gotten like 200+ re-pins on just this one alone! I feel so loved ☺ and honored that people are creating some of these DIY projects themselves. :))

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Until next time,

-ashleigh.