DIY Photo Canvas

Ever since spotting the DIY photo canvas tutorial on Pinterest by Blue Cricket Design, I knew I HAD to muster up some creative juices and canvas one of my photos. Finding said creative juices is definitely easier said than done. This girl is not crafty. Sure, I learned how to sew and cross-stitch, dabbled in some rubber stamping before it was popular, and even did some paint by numbers pictures when I was little, but it pretty much ends there. Art classes were painful. I can’t draw, paint, or sculpt, and there are a few times I remember wanting to run out of class screaming and crying as I just couldn’t make things work.

Jump ahead over 10 years, and I still lack those artistic skills I so longed for in middle school. Origami? Not a chance. Jewelery making? Nope. Interior design? Eh, I’m good with paint colors! Photo canvas? I’ll have to say I’m okay with this one. Why? Ryan, who is much more artistic than me, came to my rescue to help make the canvas look presentable. I *could* have done it myself, but I’m telling you, it wouldn’t have turned out as nice as it did. I’m not even embarrassed that the hubs had to help! Plus, I chose a 16 x 20 photo, which is much easier to manage when two people are working together on it!

Here’s what you’ll need to make a photo canvas:

Mod Podge-Matte

Canvas- I used a gallery wrapped white canvas. Make sure you purchase the canvas that fits the size of your photo!

paint brushes (2)

acrylic paint

wax paper

If wanting decorated sides, scrapbook paper of your choice


Place photo on canvas and trim if need be to fit correctly.

Place two pieces of wax paper on table- one for the canvas, and one for your photo.

If using scrapbooking paper for sides, cut the paper so they are a little shorter and narrower than the sides of the canvas. Apply mod podge generously, and place on sides.  Smooth each strip with your finger to ensure all air bubbles are out.

With your picture image side down on the wax paper, apply a generous amount of mod podge to the back of the photo.










Turn the photo over, and smooth it onto your canvas (using a towel to smooth the photo works great). Wait 20 minutes for the mod podge to dry.

Once dry, mod podge the front of the picture.










Note that the mod podge will show a milky white color, but it dries clear, so don’t worry about how it looks right away. You’ll want to wait another 20- 30 minutes until the picture is dry.

If you’d like to “antique” the photo, take a small amount of acrylic paint and put it on a plate. Dab your dry paintbrush in the paint, then dab/wipe off the excess paint off. You’ll only want a very small amount of paint on the brush! Dab brush around the edges, applying as much or little paint as you’d like. Let dry completely.








That’s it! You’re done! Easy squeezy, huh?! Here’s how my canvas turned out:










I’ll definitely be canvasing photos again. They are a completely different look from framed pictures, and I absolutely love them!

*Photo by Laughing Joy Photography*


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. crizzle84
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 22:00:20

    Shush it, Wife, you are totally an interior decorating queen. Selling yourself short!! If only I had those skills!! This looks AMAZING, by the way!!


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