Photo Canvases {Gift Idea}

This year, for our girl’s Christmas party, my friends and I decided to do a dinner and gift exchange.  We drew names at our previous girl’s night, and I picked my dear friend Julie.  I was really excited to get Julie because, like me, Julie loves pictures.  Her two daughters are also incredibly beautiful so I knew exactly what to make her:
Photo canvases.
I had a few 8×8 canvases in the closet {from a project I never got around to} and I thought they would be the perfect size for pictures of her girls.  Then I went to Michael’s and bought some beautiful metallic-looking ribbon.
Because I helped Julie pick the paint colors for her house I knew exactly what colors I wanted to do on the canvases.  I painted the sides of the canvases dark brown and then once I Mod Podged the photos on I accented the edges with the same metallic paint that I used on my ceiling stencil.
I love the way it turned out and I was pretty sure Julie would too. :)
Here are a few pictures from our party:
Here’s Julie {on the left} getting her gift…
I think she likes it…
Yep.  She loved it!
Here’s a few of us girls just having fun. 
I sported my new Shabby Apple dress to the party that night.  I was the only one in a bright color. :)
Are you making any gifts for Christmas this year?  I have a few more I’ve made but I can’t share them yet because I don’t want to spoil the surprise!!!
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  1. This is an awesome idea!! I featured it in my round up today:

  2. How did you get the pictures on the canvas?

    • I modge poged them to the canvas. I did a coat on the canvas, put the picture down and then modge poged over the picture. It will go on white but dry clear.

  3. Stephanie says:

    I love this idea! I think you did an absolutely amazing job. I just have two question did you coat the ribbon with something to make it stay so straight (well I am sure it is a wire ribbon) and how did you hang it on the wall?

    • The ribbon is wire ribbon so it stayed pretty straight on it’s own. To hang the canvases you can buy little “U” shaped hooks at Lowes or Home Depot and screw them in to the back of the canvas. They screw in really easily and they make a very sturdy hook.

  4. What’s the best thing to use to attach the canvas to the ribbon?

  5. Did you use regular pictures on photo paper or regular printer paper? Just curious because I saw someone else that used regular paper and was wondering which way was best…

  6. carol Roberson says:

    how did you put the picture on the canvas

    • mreynolds says:

      This is Monique, Anna’s assistant. Anna attached the photos to the canvas by using Mod Podge and she basically painted it all along the back of the photo and set it on the canvas. Once it is in place, you can go ahead and do a layer over the picture to help the edges adhere. It dries clear so there should be no white spots! Hope this helps!

      • Did you put a clear coat on

      • Hey Carol,
        This is Monique, Anna’s assistant. Anna only used Mod Podge to attach the photos (which is why you might see a sheen). However you can put a clear coat on it to really seal the photo from any damage. Hope this helps!