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Transfer a Childs Artwork to Canvas

I finally hung something up in our not-so-newly painted bedroom! I’ve been enjoying the spare walls, but also wanted to only put artwork and decorations back up that were really special. I now have something seriously special and hung it up over the weekend. It’s Maia’s sun painting transfered from the poster board it was on to a proper canvas. I love it!!!

The canvas print version was created by MyPix2Canvas. When they offered to let me try out their service for free, I knew exactly which painting I wanted to preserve and display in this way—the sun I had commissioned Maia to paint.

Create a Canvas Print from a Childs Masterpiece

Transfering a Childs Artwork to Canvas

Here’s the canvas version and the original artwork together (the mirror image effect is because I hung one of them upside down and was too lazy to fix it). The poster board is 2 x 3 feet and the canvas is 16 x 20 inches and 1 1/2 inches deep.


The quality of the canvas reproduction is excellent. I love being able to still see Maia’s individual brushstrokes. (According to MyPix’s website, they have a background in fine art prints for artists.)


MyPix2Canvas offers four different edge wrap options—white, black, overwrap, and mirror wrap. As you can see, this one is white, and it’s actually the second canvas of Maia’s sun that I received from them. The first time I mistakenly asked for overwrap, not understanding how much of the original painting would be “wrapped” onto the sides (much of the suns rays and wonderful turquoise dots). Fortunately, they graciously offered to redo the canvas and sent the new one promptly. They also said they are working on an online preview screen so that customers can avoid my mistake by seeing how their artwork will look with each of the various edge wrap options.

Transfer Childs Artwork to Canvas

I am so happy with Maia’s sun on canvas! I’m already thinking of other artworks I’d like to have canvas prints made of next. Perhaps her House of Color

How about you? Do you have a child’s artwork (or photo) you’d like to put on a canvas? If so, there are many companies that will do this for you.

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Disclaimer: I was able to use MyPix2Canvas free of charge, however all opinions expressed are my own.

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Transfer Childs Artwork to Canvas


Leave a comment to this post by Tuesday, December 13th at 11:49 pm EST to enter to win an 11 x 16″ canvas print of your own. The winner will be selected by random number generator and announced Wednesday morning. Have an artwork in mind if you want to receive it by Christmas, because you’ll want to order promptly!

The random number generator selected #100 (first time ever for me), so Meagan Darrow wins the canvas print! Congrats, Meagan! I’ll send you an e-mail…

I would love to have one in my house to highlight my son’s gorgeous artwork! Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Joy
    December 11, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I’d love to do something similar with one of my son’s drawings.

  • Tamrah T
    December 11, 2011 at 7:57 am

    What a treat for you! Children can always keep our homes filled with their creations, yet some are extra special. This would be a special way to preserve a few to enjoy longer :)Thank you for the chance to do the same.

  • Justine Ickes
    December 11, 2011 at 8:20 am

    What a fabulous painting! We’ve been talking a lot in our house about the winter solstice and the sun so it’s was serendipitous to see Maia’s sun painting. Jean, you wrote in your post that you commissioned Maia to paint this. Can you tell us more about that? Whenever my kids ask me what I want as a gift (for my birthday, for example), I always say, “Oh, I’d love it if you made me something.” It works, but only sometimes. :-)

  • Leah
    December 11, 2011 at 8:31 am

    This is very special!

  • allie goodman
    December 11, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I have a fabulous painting of my daughters from when she was just two but I have it hanging in a cheap poster frame in our living room. Of course It would look so much more dynamic on a canvas, can’t believe I never thought of this before. Thanks for always having great ideas.

  • Kim
    December 11, 2011 at 8:43 am

    What a cool thing to be able to do! We’ve painted on canvas a few times, but it can get expensive to buy canvas all the time. Love that any piece of artwork can be put onto canvas and it looks awesome!

  • Sarah M
    December 11, 2011 at 8:46 am

    What a great picture to hang up–I bet she is so proud of that hanging on the wall.
    Would love to let my littles go at it on one of their own,
    Sarah M

  • Lisa Jay
    December 11, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I have kept 4 years worth of my almost miss 5’s paintings & drawings & I was just thinking tonight about how I am going to display some of them. This is a great idea!!

  • Marla
    December 11, 2011 at 8:51 am

    that looks great! i would love to win !

  • Lisa @ milkshake crafts
    December 11, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I have so many pieces of my daughter’s artwork that would be perfect for this! Love this idea.

  • Sandi
    December 11, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Awesome…I would love to do this with my grandchildrens artwork! Definetely going to check into it!

  • Angela B.
    December 11, 2011 at 9:16 am

    It looks beautiful! I have just the piece of my daughter’s artwork that i would have done. Thanks for the chance.

  • Annette
    December 11, 2011 at 9:17 am

    How special! I’d love to do something similar.

  • Jenny
    December 11, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Ohhh, I would love that!

  • cheryl
    December 11, 2011 at 9:29 am

    This such a beautiful idea. I have a very hungry caterpillar butterfly painting i am thinking of sending in…..

  • Molly H
    December 11, 2011 at 9:33 am

    You know, I have allowed my daughter to paint on canvas before but this is a great idea!! I wonder if they could transfer an image from a magnadoodle, that seems to be her favorite medium lately ;)

  • Julie Liddle, ART IN HAND
    December 11, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Love the way it looks against the turquoise walls. Great choice!

  • Rachel
    December 11, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I love this idea! I have the perfect artwork in mind… and a spot to hang it!

  • Samantha
    December 11, 2011 at 9:55 am

    That is so cool. I just love her sun painting!

  • Annette
    December 11, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I would love to do one of these!

  • Julie
    December 11, 2011 at 10:18 am

    That is gorgeous and such a great way of displaying a favourite piece! Fun giveaway, too.

  • Jennifer
    December 11, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Oh, Wow, that is fabulous! I never would have thought to do that with my kids’ artwork.

  • Steph
    December 11, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I love this! What a neat idea! I already know which artwork I would choose!

  • Cindy H.
    December 11, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Oooh, what a great idea! I’ll be looking at the kids’ artwork differently now! Thank you!

  • Erin aka Conscious Shopper
    December 11, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I’d love to win this. My six year old had a painting displayed at the state fair this year, and this would be a great way to preserve it.

  • Carolyn
    December 11, 2011 at 10:51 am

    That’s really awesome- it’s a really neat idea! :)

  • Susan
    December 11, 2011 at 10:52 am

    what a fun idea!

  • Nicole
    December 11, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Ooooo… I have always wanted to do this!

  • sarah
    December 11, 2011 at 11:09 am

    my daughter would be so proud to see one of her masterpieces all “official” on canvas!

  • Lorina
    December 11, 2011 at 11:11 am

    How fun!

  • Kelly A
    December 11, 2011 at 11:27 am

    That is awesome!

  • Becky M.
    December 11, 2011 at 11:34 am

    It would be so hard to chose which piece of art to transfer!

  • Andrea
    December 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

    So great! I would love to do this too!

  • krista
    December 11, 2011 at 11:51 am

    it turned out great! i would love to do this with one of my toddler’s paintings :)

  • Suzie12
    December 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Oh. I have Poinsettia painting my son made that I would love to put on a canvas. What a wonderful way to preserve and honor their creations! Thanks for posting this. I only think of those for photos.

  • stephanie
    December 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    oh, my! we have reams & reams that i would like to be converted to canvas … it would be tough to choose!
    thanks for the chance!

  • Monique
    December 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Beautiful! Great idea.

  • Catherine Holliss
    December 11, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I LOVE this idea. I have some gorgeous paintings on paper by my son and I was just wondering how long before they get yellowed and brittle. I will definitely try this out. Thank you!

  • Melissa B
    December 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I’ve seen this idea but didn’t know anyone who tried it, so I love that you experimented and shared with us. Would love to try it. Thanks!

  • Sheritta
    December 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I love it and I bet Maia does too.

  • Kelly
    December 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    oh, this is wonderful!

  • krissy
    December 11, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I thought it was an original on canvas until reading your post. LOVE this vendor. Thank you for turning us onto it so one painting can be used for multiple gift orders.

  • Heather
    December 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I love this. I have embroider some of their drawings, but this is really cool.

  • Eileen
    December 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    What a wonderful and special way to preserve children’s work! Thanks for the chance to do the same.

  • rachel
    December 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    how fun!!!

  • Sara
    December 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Your sun turned out great! I have a similar one that I now NEED to have made into a canvas.

  • Jamie
    December 11, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Fabulous idea! And what a gorgeous painting as well!

  • Andi
    December 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    This is awesome! Thanks for the chance!

  • Tanya
    December 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    What a great way to preserve creativity

  • Terrill
    December 11, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I’d love to win! Did you have to take a photo of the painting before it could be transfered?

  • Amy Fields
    December 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    What a great b-day gift for me=). I would love to win! How you keep finding all this cool stuff totally amazes me!

  • Carla Reed
    December 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    This is a brilliant idea!

  • Amy M.
    December 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    What a wonderful way to preseve our children’s very special art pieces! Bold and beautiful. Thanks.

  • Katy
    December 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    So cute! I love that idea!! Also takes the stress out of them trying to make something on canvas and then wanting to start over but not being able to (though having kids paint directly on canvas is great too :)
    So, did you take a photo of the artwork and then upload that??

  • Gina
    December 11, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    This is so lovely and Maia must feel so special to see her commissioned work look so professional :)

  • Jessica
    December 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

    We would LOVE this. Thanks!!

  • Bobbi
    December 11, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I love Maia’s vibrant painting, made just for her Mama. The canvas looks great on your wall Jean. So awesome someone came up with that transfer idea!

  • Nancy
    December 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    oh, I have a million bits of artwork I’d love on a canvas. choosing would be the hard party. thanks for the giveaway.

  • Elissa
    December 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Oh yes, I have a HUGE collection of artwork painted my 2 & 5 year old girls. This would be perfect!

  • Naomi
    December 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    oooh Random picker, pick ME!

  • Julie
    December 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Love the idea_- I bet your daughter also loved it!

  • Julie
    December 11, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Cool, cool, cool!!! what a way to preserve it and the memories.
    Jullie A

  • Anne Fechner
    December 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    My son would love to see his art on canvas! Thanks for sharing this with all of us. Great idea!

  • Celeste
    December 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I love this idea!

  • Lizabeth
    December 11, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    FABULOUS! Whether I win or not, I’d love to give it a try.

  • Barb
    December 11, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I’d love to be able to try this out. Good luck to me!

  • Carolyn g
    December 11, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I have some beautiful fall photos that I would love to frame

  • Melinda
    December 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Love, love, love it!

  • Ann
    December 11, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Great idea. I have a few special pieces I have saved and this sounds like a good way to transfer them to something easier to keep and hang up.

  • Tami
    December 11, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I know EXACTLY which picture I would do! My 3 year old daughter drew a picture of our family when I was pregnant with my second daughter. I’ve been holding on to it until I get around to framing it. I would love to see it on canvas!

  • Rebekah
    December 11, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    That looks really beautiful! I would love to have a photo of my children put on canvas.

  • Kristin
    December 11, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    That is perfectly lovely! I think if given the opportunity I’d probably try it with a photo.

  • rae
    December 11, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    how fun! what a beautiful piece of art for your wall!

  • Tauna W.
    December 11, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I love that painting of the sun. Children’s artwork is so beautiful!

  • katie
    December 11, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    our kitchen wall is named “our fantastic art museum”. how wonderful would it be to transform some of this artwork to put in other rooms of the house or even to give to the grandparents for gifts!!! as a side note, at the top of our staircase, we have 3 framed oil pastel w/tempera paint drawings i did of running people in 3rd grade that my mother had framed for my father one fathers day when we were kids (im now 30 and its so awesome to have my own childhood artwork preserved…the canvas idea seems more everlasting!)

  • Maiz
    December 11, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. That print of Maia’s sun painting looks amazing!

  • Tania
    December 11, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    This would make the BEST present. Your daughter must be so proud to see her artwork displayed this way!

  • maryeliz88
    December 11, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    It’s funny – I had just been thinking about Maia’s sun drawing. We have just painted our own bedroom walls and I was thinking that I might “commission” a colorful painting by my 5-year-old. There are several of his creations that I’d like to transfer using the service you tried.

  • Kelly
    December 11, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    How beautiful! It looks great on the blue walls!

  • Erin
    December 11, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    I’d love to do this with my daughter’s first ever rainbow picture. So cute!

  • kelli
    December 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    The sun is lovely! I don’t know how I would choose — I have three children, so maybe I’ll have to order two more (if I win)?

  • Julie A.
    December 12, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Oh my! I have so many pieces that my 5 year old has created that would look outstanding on canvas! I love Maia’s sun!

  • Sheau
    December 11, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    The energy shines from your child’s heart. What a great piece to have in your space. Have a wonderful Holiday season with your family. It has been really nice to read your blog and continue to be inspired. Thank you.

  • Jane
    December 11, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    What a fabulous way to display children’s artwork! I have a couple from each boy that I would love to have printed onto canvas as a keepsake. Thank you!

  • Shayna
    December 12, 2011 at 12:15 am

    How! What a neat idea. I’d love to try it, but don’t know which painting to choose!

  • [email protected]
    December 12, 2011 at 12:59 am

    My children are always creating makeshift art shows, this canvas idea excited them very much.

  • Rachelle | TinkerLab
    December 12, 2011 at 2:14 am

    I can see why you chose the sun. It’s stunning and just the sort of picture you’ll want to wake up to every morning. What a cool product. I’m often skeptical of things like this because the quality never captures the original quite right, but it’s good to know that this is an exception.

  • Natalie
    December 12, 2011 at 3:07 am

    thank you! what a great idea..It is perfect and her sun it is beautiful. Thank you :)

  • Susie
    December 12, 2011 at 3:44 am

    What a great idea! I never thought to preserve my kids paintings on canvas…definitely have to give it a try. Great giveaway!

  • molly
    December 12, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I’ve never done anything like this. It would be hard to choose what to put on canvas, the kids have made so many things I love. :)

  • Diana
    December 12, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I love this. I would love to try it!

  • kate
    December 12, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I have the artwork picked out. Hope I win!

  • Anne in NC
    December 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I’d love to have this done with my daughter’s drawing of a “squatiguin” — a cute and colorful squirrel/cat/penguin! Thanks for the chance!

  • Erin Thornton
    December 12, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I have a photo that I took a few years ago that I would love to see on canvas!

  • Sherrie
    December 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    What a great giveaway! I can’t get over how great Maya’s print looks!

  • Claudia
    December 12, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Oh, I’ve always wanted to do something like this with my kids’ art. What a great idea!

  • Susan ULrich
    December 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Never knew this service was available! Thanks for sharing, your little artist looks great on canvas!

  • Adelle F.
    December 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    What a great giveaway! And a great gift for Gramma.

  • Stacey J
    December 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    This is such a great idea! I really hope i win

  • Meagan Darrow
    December 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I would love to have one in my house to highlight my son’s gorgeous artwork! Thank you for the opportunity.

  • sp
    December 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    What an incredible sun and a fabulous way to honor your child.

  • Mel
    December 12, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I would love to have my kids’ artwork on a canvas!

  • Tara
    December 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Love how this turned out! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Heather Collins
    December 12, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    We would love this!! What a great way to treasure your kid’s art. I know my daughter would be so thrilled to see some of her artwork on a canvas!

  • cagey
    December 12, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    That is awesome! I love the comparison between the original and the print — this was a well-written review. :-)

  • kia
    December 13, 2011 at 12:54 am

    lovely, lovely gift idea!!! thanks for sharing!

  • Jill P
    December 13, 2011 at 8:08 am

    What a great way to display kid art! I would love to try this!

  • erica
    December 13, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Cool idea. We’ve tried to paint on canvas, but I actually like the stuff my kids have done on paper better, so this is a great idea.

  • Elissa Pugh-Arguello
    December 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Too cool! Can’t wait to try this!
    elissapugh at

  • Leah
    December 13, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Beautiful! I’d love to do something similar

  • Sharla
    December 13, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Great idea with the artwork! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Wlkrmlss
    December 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    That is such a neat idea!

  • Ida Mae
    December 13, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I love this idea! I plan on doing this with my son’s creations, and (hopefully) will always have fresh new art work on my walls :)

  • Viva
    December 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Love the beautiful sun! What a wonderful way to showcase your child’s art!

  • Alison
    December 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Love it

  • deb
    December 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    great idea!

  • Kristi
    December 13, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Oh, I would love to win. My little ones make the most beautiful art! Thanks for the chance!

  • Katharine C
    December 13, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    LOVE that. Would love to do that myself!

  • robin
    December 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    What a fun idea! Yes, we have a ton of artwork stapled and taped and pinned to the wall. We also have some canvas art of our own from letting her paint directly on canvas, but it would be neat to turn some of our favorite pieces on paper into more durable artwork! :D

  • Deidre Caswell
    December 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Wow, awesome! I would love to have one of my daughter’s drawings on canvas for her new playroom!

  • Michelle Duenas
    December 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Would love to put my son’s first piece of artwork on canvas! It’s currently on the refrigerator and he’s so proud of it that he’ll point at it and say his name and smile.

  • Aimee
    December 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Love it!
    Choosing just one thing would be the hardest part!

  • Kathy
    December 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I love the idea of decorating with my children’s artwork and can’t wait to hang some in 2012! Your daughter’s painting is beautiful! Love the colors!

  • Heather
    December 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I have a great picture my son did that I’d love to have on a canvas! I have tried giving him canvas and I think it intimidates him and he won’t use it.

  • Candace Sherman
    December 13, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    gimme gimme gimme!

  • Estefanía
    December 13, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Beautiful picture, what an artist your daughter is!! It looks pretty cool on the wall. :)

  • Claire Goodreau
    December 13, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    What a great way to highlight favorite pieces! Thanks for the idea!

  • LeeAnn Wisdom
    December 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I love it! I know just the one I’d pick….

  • Melissa
    December 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I love that! What a creative sun!

  • Mary M.
    December 13, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Her sun is fabulous. What a great gift this would make! …if I could part with my kids’ art, that is! ;) Thanks for sharing.

  • Stephanie
    December 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I didn’t read all the comments, so this might have already been asked, but did you take a picture of her artwork and send it to them, or scan the original artwork? Just wondering as I have a painting my daughter did that I would love to see on a canvas. Thanks!

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    You could do either, depending on the size, I guess. I took a picture of Maia’s artwork and sent them a digital photograph online.

  • Carrie R
    December 19, 2011 at 2:06 am

    I realize that the giveaway was over, but I had a question. Did you have to scan the artwork in somehow? I’m sorry if I missed the explanation. I looked over your post and the MyPix2Canvas site, and I couldn’t figure this out. Thanks!

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Carrie, I took a digital photo of the artwork then sent the digital file to them. You could scan the artwork first (if it fits on a scanner) and send the digital file of that instead. But yes, you need to create the digital file yourself and send it to them (rather than sending the original artwork). Sorry if that wasn’t clear!