(Closed) Material for Wedding Thumbprint Tree

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
8 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am wondering the same thing. I have seen some done on canvas but I didn’t think the ink from the stamping pad would stick to that well.

Post # 4
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You can do either paper or canvas for a thumbprint tree.

14 x 17 or 16 x 20 should be a good size for that many thumbprints, I would make the trunk a bit on the short side if that makes sense. That will make a lot of room for all the thumbprint leaves.


If you want to use paper, I would get a thick smooth vellum paper, and frame it with a matte border, but leave the glass off so people can just put their thumbprint on.  The frame will keep it looking nice but will also add a sturdy back to protect the paper.


If you want to use canvas, I recommend also buying some white gesso, a large brush, and some fine sand paper. Because the canvas is textured you’ll want to paint a layer of gesso on, let it dry and then sand it smooth. For best results do a few coats, and you should be left with a nice smooth surface.  This way you’ll be able to get clearer thumbprints, but also have the perk of wrapped canvas so you won’t have to frame it later.


I hope I could help! 🙂

Post # 5
8 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

Thanks for your advice! Smile

Post # 7
1143 posts
Bumble bee

I made one for my friend’s guest book and I used Bristol paper from Michaels, along with those thumb print ink pads. You could also get it framed at Michaels with on of their custom framing coupons!

Post # 8
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

you can use illustration board instead of canvas, hot press illustration board is smooth and takes ink/design/drawings a lot better than canvas does.

Post # 9
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

we ordered a poster from vistaprint :/ but we’ll see, might ask our friend who’s also an artist to put it on canvas for us… you just never know what vistaprint looks like

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