A couple of weeks ago the babies and I did a finger painting project as a one year old keepsake. At the time, I mentioned I might frame them and keep them in the nursery. I thought about it for a while and decided I didn't want to frame them. The actual size of the finger paint paper was very large (12 X 16, I think?) which would have required an even larger frame and monopolized a lot of wall space in the nursery.
So I thought of an alternative. We've used a company called Canvas 4 Life before to print canvas pictures of the babies' newborn photos and also to print some tornado pictures Chad keeps in his office at work. I've found they are really reasonably priced when it comes to printing pictures on canvas compared to other options. They also look great and eliminate the need for a frame. I wondered if I could use the high resolution photos of the kids' artwork and have that printed on a canvas. It turns out that I could and I did, and they look great!
The pictures below are actually in the living room. Our intention was to display them in the living room temporarily while all of our family was in town for the birthday party and then move them to the nursery. I hate to put another hole in the wall though, so I think if/when we ever move to a new house I will put them in either the nursery or a playroom. The flash in these pictures makes the colors seem a little brighter, but I think you get a better sense of how they actually look in the close up pictures.
Considering it is a picture of a picture on a canvas, I was very pleased with how they turned out. It looks like the kids actually just did their artwork on the canvas, but there is no dried paint that will fade over time, etc. The original finger paintings are proudly taped to the refrigerator for now, but I believe I will eventually fold them and put them in their baby books.
I have several other upcoming ideas/projects I want to share on the blog in the next week or so, so stay tuned! Have a great day!