Great Gift Idea: Canvas Print of the Garden

I’m always on the lookout for really special gift ideas for gardeners, because we sure get stuck with a lot of decorative-but-mostly-useless trowels (I mean, does anyone even use trowels anymore? I’m a hori-hori girl myself!).

So when Easy Canvas Prints offered me (and you!) a free canvas print to try out, I immediately saw the potential.

I mean, what gardener wouldn’t LOVE to have that perfect summer day in the garden immortalized to look at all winter long? Don’t we all have a favorite photo or two that we want to get around to printing and framing?

While large-scale photo prints are nice, there’s something about having an actual canvas print that makes the whole production seem so classy and permanent. Like a real piece of art.

The process of ordering is fast: When you’re designing a canvas, you just have to find a clear digital photo (they have software that will crop it for you), choose what size canvas you want, and then choose what to do with the wrap-around bits on the side – either wrap the photo around the sides, or color the edges black. Since I don’t actually have a frame yet and just intend to hang my canvas print as-is, I chose for the edges to be colored black (I also thought it would be a good test of their printers, to see whether the black parts ended up perfectly aligned or not).

After ordering, I waited impatiently for it to arrive. And it was exactly what I hoped for. . . Clear, crisp quality, true-to-life colors, and yep, the black edges were perfectly placed!

Here’s the photo I used:

Back Yard 025

And here’s the finished canvas:

Finished photo canvas

Impressive, right? I love how rich the colors turned out.

Want to win one for yourself or to give as a gift? Easy Canvas Prints has offered up a free 8″ x 10″ canvas print to one lucky winner. Just comment below for your chance to win!

EDIT: Jennifer P. won! Congrats, Jennifer!

If you want to get started turning your photos into canvas right away, they’re running a deal where if you “like” them on Facebook, you get 50% off your order and free shipping, which brings it into the realm of a reasonable gift for your mom, grandma, or garden club president.

Contest fine print: Easy Canvas Prints can only ship within the contiguous United States, and can’t ship to a P.O. box. I’ll randomly pick a winner on December 7th, 2011. Good luck!


  1. Rochelle says

    I hope I win! My mom has a darling pony that I think she’d love to have a gorgeous picture of. It would make such a nice present!

  2. Tom Lurtz says

    You picked a good example of what can be done. It would be nice to have my own photo given this treatment. Bring a little sunshine into the household. Thanks for the chance.

  3. Joy Allen says

    I would love to win, we want to send a picture to the family the adopted my daughters baby almost two years ago.

  4. Jennifer Petritz says

    So excited!!!! Thank you for the giveaway. I’m afraid I’m going to be greedy and keep this one for myself…..


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