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Make Your Own Canvas Portrait!

Make Your Own Canvas Portrait!
I love the look of family photos printed on canvas, but I never knew I could make them at home! After transferring photos to fabric, I was super excited to try some pieces using stretched canvas. I hope this inspires some of you to make something special for your home... Here's how I transferred my photo to canvas: 1. Supplies needed- stretched canvas (I chose an 8x10 size), gel medium (I used this kind from Liquidex ), paint brush and the image you want to transfer (laser copy) and a spray bottle filled with water. Note: You can expect an imperfect transfer. I'm so excited to have this little keepsake for our home. Wedding photo courtesty of Arrow and Apple. EDITED TO ADD: Wow, guys! I love the look of family photos printed on canvas, but I never knew I could make them at home! Here's how I transferred my photo to canvas: 1. Wedding photo courtesty of Arrow and Apple. EDITED TO ADD: Wow, guys! Related:  craftPhoto Display

How To Make an Alphabet Shadow Box Previous image Next image We're always on the lookout for new ways to display the alphabet in a child's room. Using an old picture frame and some wood, you can construct a shadow box, stencil letters onto the glass, and fill it with tiny, found objects to represent each letter. Instructions:1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Note: You could skip constructing your own box if you can find a shadow box with lots of compartments. (Images: Katie Steuernagle)

Highlights Scrapbook DIY I made this scrapbook from recycled materials to celebrate some of the "highlights" of my relationship with Jeremy. I listed out ten things that I love about our life and then used a highlighter pen and cut them into strips for each page. It's the perfect small book for our coffee table at home. Here's a look at each of the inside pages. I printed out ten photos that I love, they don't necessarily have anything to do with my list of favorite things. Here's a look at the front and back of the book, as well as the inside of the last page. Here's a little bit about how I made this book. Step 1: Trim all pages. There you go! A few tips for the highlighting.... Have fun creating your own highlights book!

How I made fonts with my handwriting. I'm so excited to share a fun and easy method to create fonts with my own handwriting! I used an app called iFontMaker on the iPad and made my first font in about 30 minutes. :) It was super fun and self-explanatory. Here's how it works: There are some standard fonts to choose from. The stylus I used was the Bamboo Stylus for iPad. Here are a few (silly) examples of the fonts that I made in one sitting... If you would like the download these two fonts, just for fun, here they are: Download LoveLove + Download Tall 'n Skinny. ♥ if clicking links doesn't start download, right click (control + click on Mac), choose "Save file/link as..."// Mac * PC If you've used a different method to make your own font, please share.

Instant Photo Transfers Pin It UPDATE: This post originally ran on March 28th but we’re still in love with this DIY and had to share it again! For the first time in a long time, I bought a roll of film. Brigette and I are so used to shooting digitally that the process of buying film and using a film camera was something we almost forgot how to do. There’s something about shooting on film that gives an image such character. It’s clean and crisp, yet moody. If you’ve recently shot some film and are looking for a fun little project to do with your images, Brigette and I worked on something this week that blew our minds: blender pen photo transfers. This is the process of taking a photo and transferring it onto a specific surface using a special little gadget called a blender pen. These incredible pens can be bought at specialty craft stores. After you get your film developed, make photocopies of the images you’d like to transfer. Next, decide where you want to transfer your image. Related DIY Wood Photo Transfers

How To Create a Sacred Space at Home According to research published by Psychology Today, an appreciation of the sacred and a search for meaning beyond ourselves can promote strengthened relationships with others, positive emotions, and a sense of purpose in life. Whatever your spiritual beliefs (or non-beliefs) may be, it can be calming to have a special spot in your home reserved for quiet introspection and reflection. You might designate an entire room, or maybe a cozy nook in the corner of your bedroom would be perfect. Whatever space you choose, let it be a place where you can rest, re-connect with what is meaningful in your life, and be inspired to pursue your passions. 1. 2. 3. 4. Taking the time to create a designated unplugging station — a respite from the deluge of texts, emails and other electronic bleeps and incessant stimuli in our lives — can be a wise gift to yourself: a reminder to take a little bit of time each day to unlplug, to tune out, and to turn in. (Image: Soy candle from Etsy seller Luminology)

Modern Wall Art with Paint Swatches! Looking for a way to fill that blank wall but don't have permission to paint? All you need is a trip to a major hardware store and an afternoon in front of a good movie to take care of that little dilemma. Supplies Needed: Large frame with paper insert, a ton of pretty paint chips, double-sided tape squares, and vinyl letters appropriate to the size of your frame or phrase (4" - 6"). I went with a color scheme that involved a variety of tones from some of my favorite colors. 1. 3. Paint chip art is a great option for renters looking to fill a big space without spending a small fortune!

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Photo Frame Stand Elevate the look of a basic photo frame by mounting it inside this classy stand. No more “leaning” on a cheap cardboard flap. Check out the cut list below to see how easily this design sizes to fit ANY frame. Cost: $8 Time: 1 hour Difficulty: Easy. Tape Measure Drill/driver Miter Saw or Handsaw Hammer Hand Clamp *Hot Glue Gun if you’d like the mounted frame to be “removable” (1) 1″ x 2″ board to make the vertical Leg and horizontal Spacers (1) ½” x 2″ board to make the horizontal Frame Holders (1) ½” x 6″ board to make the Base (4) 1 inch L-brackets 1 inch Finish Nails 1 ¼ inch Finish Nails Wood Glue Top Arm1 x 2 Spacer (Top) – 1 @ 4 inches½ x 2 Frame Holder (Top) -1 @ Thickness of Photo Frame plus 4 inches Bottom Arm 1 x 2 Spacer (Bottom) – 1 @ 3 ¼ inches½ x 2 Frame Holder (Bottom) -1 @ Thickness of Photo Frame plus 3¼ inches 1 x 2 Leg – 1 @ Height of Photo Frame plus 3 inches ½ x 6 Base – 1 @ Length of Bottom Frame Holder plus 3 inches 1. Measure the thickness (i.e. depth) and height of the photo frame.

Silhouette reading lamp I really loved the look I got when I created the cityscape silhouette lampshade for my kitchen work desk, so I decided to make another version for a lamp I bought at Kirkland’s to go in my library. Since this was going to be a reading lamp, I decided to use the phrase “Once Upon a Time” (which also happens to be the title of one of my favorite new TV shows). I used my Cricut and the Storybook Cricut cartridge to cut the saying out of black scrapbook paper. I love how it looks so ordinary when it’s off but then turns magical when I turn it on to read a good book! And guess what! D.I.Y. Photo Guestbook Hey there, It's Alec. Im a big fan of taking old books and bringing new life to them through multiple uses. So for this case I chose to make a photo guestbook. Items that I used can be seen here. The Instax Camera definitely works great for this. First thing I did was take the old photo album, peel the pieces of plastic off each page and then cut the pages out a couple at a time. Next, I ripped out all of the binding in the book and said goodbye to the pages. Following that, take the pages from the old photo album and fold them in half, and then trim them to the size of the book, and in accordance with the look you are going for. After that, take the twine and thread it through each of the holes and knot it, leaving a small amount of play in the tightness. Next, put glue in the middle of your vintage book, and sit the bound album paper firmly on the glue. Well well. you now have a rockin photo album to use for any occasion! [Alec, Thanks so much!