(please excuse the glare - it was caused from my patio cover)
I am not an expert at this but I am pretty pleased with the outcome.
Here is what I did:
- purchased 3 - 16X20 canvases from Hobby Lobby (2 pack for &7.99 plus the 40% off coupon)
- purchased Elmer's Multi - Purpose Spray Adhesive and Tree House Clear Acrylic Matte Coating
- purchased 1 craft knife
- I had each picture blown up to 16X20 at Office Depot. I asked that the prints be put on regular paper as opposed to photo paper (this really saves on cost). Each print was about $4.00 each.
- trim each print to the exact size of the canvas (I went back at the end and trimmed off any extra edges with the craft knife)
- spray the canvas with spray adhesive and attach print (smoothing out any bubbles or wrinkles)
- allow spray adhesive to dry for at least one hour
- spray clear acrylic matte coating, allow to dry for 24 hours
Mistakes I made:
- I tried to use Modge Podge as the sealer. For me, this did not work. It caused huge bubbles in the print and I accidentally tore part of the paper. I had to go back to Office Depot to have a new print made. This is when I decided to use the clear acrylic spay.
- Double and triple check your prints before leaving Office Depot. I noticed (after getting home) that one of the prints had lines running through it. No good...had to go back and have yet another re-printed (free of charge).
I would definitely do this again for future gifts. Now that I have the supplies, it will only cost me a new canvas and print.