Thinking outside of the box this Mother’s Day

Never fear – here at PhotoBox, we’ve come up with another extra-personalised gift idea that doubles up as a Mother’s Day card as well! We guarantee this will pull at your favourite lady’s heart strings this Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Canvas Message


Featuring some of the Photobox team with their lovely Mums

What you’ll need:

  • A print of you with your Mum
  • A camera
  • Scrabble tiles / labels / a stamp kit / ink to write a message – you could even try magnetic letters, or cut them from a newspaper or magazine
  • Scarves or material to use as a background
  • Other decorations – we’ve used twine, mini pegs and fairy lights, but you could use flower petals, confetti, sequins – whatever you like


  • A tripod

Start by choosing your background – this could be absolutely anything you want. We’ve chosen fabrics that compliment the colours of the print, so for darker (or black & white prints) we’ve chosen a fairly dark background, and for a bright print we’ve gone for a polka dot patterned pastel blue. Lovely!


Next, you’ll want to position your print on the material. Play around with the composition until you’re happy. It is worth positioning the camera now, so you know how much space you have in the frame to fit your special message. You will also need to allow for around 1 inch of extra material in the photo, to account for the wrap around the edge of the canvas.


Decide what you want to say in your message – do you want to tell her she’s amazing, or let her know how much you love her? Remember to keep it short & sweet 🙂


When your message is in place, you can begin to add in any decorations you’d like. We’re big fans of the mini pegs & string, which make the photo look like it’s hanging on the canvas. This is a great chance for you to get really creative!

Once you’re happy with the layout, it’s time to get snapping. We found the easiest way to take these shots was to position a tripod (on it’s shortest setting) on the table, looking down on our set-up.

Finally, it’s time to start creating your canvas. Our pictures were perfect for our square 16’’ x 16’’ Classic Canvas. Simply upload the photo, position to your liking & remember to check that you have a green ‘good quality’ smiley face above your creation.


It’s as simple as that, and can easily be recreated with bits and bobs that you already have in your house. Now all you have to do is sit back, wait for your order and watch the smile on your Mum’s face when she opens it on Mother’s Day! No need to thank us…

Now that you’ve got an idea for a gift, head on over to our Mother’s Day Shop page – there’s even a chance to win an iPhone 6 in our #MyMumAndMe competition!

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Last modified: 19months ago

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