i should be mopping the floor: DIY Canvas from an Engineering Print

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

DIY Canvas from an Engineering Print

On our 10th day of Christmas fun, 
I'm sharing a tutorial for creating a DIY Canvas from
an Engineering Print {with a free printable}.

This is a super simple project...easy for a little last minute holiday decor! And the technique can be used year-round with any type of print.

If you've never worked with engineering prints, get ready to be addicted. The possibilities are endless...from large black and white photo prints to a chalkboard printable...they're fantastic, y'all. And the best part? You can get a HUGE print {24"x36"} for less than four bucks. Score!

The one above was created with this printable below. Feel free to download it for yourself. It is sized for a 21"x21" canvas, and prints on a 24"x36" engineering print. The file is fairly large, so it may take a while to download. You don't have to actually open the file...just upload it to a printer for printing {be sure to select the vertical size}.

Below are details on ordering an engineering print:
I order my engineering prints from Staples {I am not being compensated for this post, I just love Staples}. I upload to their site and then pick it up at my local store. Click here to access their engineering prints. Select your size and click 'design now'. Then you can upload your print and have it sent to your local shop.

I purchased a canvas at Goodwill for $5...bringing the cost of this project to less than $10. All I needed was my trusty staple gun to put this together. I think I've mentioned this before, but I always look for canvases at G-Dub. They're cheap and you can easily cover them.

I just pulled the print tight, wrapped and stapled.

I folded the corners like I was wrapping a gift.

You could easily leave the canvas at this point and go ahead and hang it. I decided to add a lil' sparkle to mine...in the form of spray adhesive and glitter. I just sprayed the edges lightly and then sprinkled them with a little fabulousness. Bada bing, bada boom.

This is in our dining room, sitting over my great-grandmother's dresser, that has my mom's ceramic nativity on it. This nativity is one of my favorite Christmas decorations. My mom gave it to me last Christmas...she's in constant "down-size mode" and this was one less item for her to pull out during the holidays. But, it is very sentimental to me and I treasure having it in my own home. It's an oldie...but certainly a goodie! I think the song on this sign works perfectly over this nativity.

When I photographed this outside, it really made it look more glittery than it really is {and in really random spots, too}. But, it's still a super fun and sparkly canvas. I loved this method and certainly plan to do it again.

Neglect your chores like me and don't miss a thing:


  1. I really want to do this for my children's bedrooms. A huge black and white photograph of them would look awesome over their beds. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    Merry Christmas!
    Ashley @ 3littlegreenwoods