Soooo, today is Decemener 10th! I can’t believe how quickly this month has gone by. I totally intended on having our kids pictures done for the holidays, but the time got away from me and alas, we have no professional pics. It’s all good though. I came up with a super cute solution that I know you’re going to love. Not only was it easy, but the entire project cost me under $20 to do!!
It all started with this adorable Antlers Christmas Stencil from the Jennifer Rizzo Christmas Stencil Collection at Royal Design Studio. When you pop over there, be sure to check out all the different ways people have used these adorable stencils. Side note, if you’re not up on the Jennifer Rizzo-ness of it all, you MUST check out her BLOG.
Grab your favorite Mod Podge and a roller. I chose a foam roller because I wanted a bit of texture. Using foam will sometimes produce a look similar to canvas which is what I wanted. Since I was covering up my canvas, this was the next best thing.
I bought these flat 16×20 canvases from Walmart for about $6 a package.
I ordered 18×24 engineering prints from Staples.com for $1.99 each! What a steal! The website said engineering prints weren’t suitable for photographs, but mine came out great and the details were not at all lost. I placed the order at night and despite not opting to pay for rush processing, my order was ready the very next morning. Staples is on their game!
In order to give the prints a wintery feel, I used a sheet of wrapping paper as the backdrop. I also changed my pics to black and white to give them a more cohesive feel. Make sure you leave space enough at the top of your photos for the actual antlers. (I really pushed it on one of the pictures)
I laid the canvas out on the dining room table and placed each print down to get an idea of positioning prior to breaking out the mod podge.
I poured my mod podge directly onto the canvas and spread it out with a roller to ensure even coverage.
The engineering print paper is fairly thin and I was prepared for it to bubble and wrinkle in spots. Just go with it and smooth it as best as you can. I let my prints dry for about an hour and then just hit the print with a coat of mod podge to seal it in.
I did experiment with applying the mod podge with a chip brush to the canvas. There were noticeably more wrinkles, but if that’s the look you’re after, a chip brush is the way to go and will definitely yield a more textured look.
After letting the top coat dry for about an hour, I grabbed my antler stencil, positioned it and covered the area at the base with some painters tape to the shape of each kiddos head. I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Sterling (it’s a nice, soft gray) to pounce on the color.
If you’re doing this project for more than one child, I found it helpful to do all the left side antlers first, wash the stencil and then finish up with the right side.
Voila! All done…
Ok, not really, but almost! Since I’m all about embracing the imperfection, I decided to highlight the little wrinkles by lightly sanding them with my fine sanding block.
I felt like the pictures still needed a little something. I had my Modern Masters tintable glaze within reach and instead of doing an all over glaze, I decided to mix in light red universal colorant and lightly rosy up their cheeks, lips and noses. Isn’t he a cutie pie!?
One final coat of mod podge to seal in the spots that I sanded and the areas that I glazed…
…a little hot glue to the backs with a standard picture hanger secured…
…and these sweet little loves are the perfect addition to our wall! Hopefully we can convince our sweet teenager (who’s allllll teenagerish!) to join this picture par-tay! (Hint hint!). In the meantime, we’ll have fun admiring this silly bunch!
If you have any questions, ask away! As always, please feel free to PIN and share. Merry Christmas and Happy holidays! xoxo