Getting Crafty: Photo Canvas

I’m obsessed with pictures. We all know this. I’ve even written a post on photography. But in the digital age that we live in, most of my pictures live inside my computer instead of on my walls in the hopes that one day I’ll have that amazing gallery wall I’ve pinned a million times on Pinterest. I have a few photo canvases and if I had my way, my walls would be covered with them. But I’d have to win the lottery first because they can be pricey at times.

This past Christmas, I turned our family pictures into photo canvas gifts for our parents and grandparents. I had a blast making them, they turned out great, and they were easy!!! I’ve been stocking up on blank canvases for when I have the perfect photo to go up on the wall.DIY photo canvas

What you’ll need

  • Your favorite picture enlarged to the size you want (most of mine were 8×10)
  • Mod Podge (I used Matte because I prefer a matte finish on my pictures)
  • Foam brushes
  • Blank canvas that is the same size as your picture
  • Scrapbook paper, fabric, or paint for the sides (I used scrapbook paper because I had it on hand)

What you’ll do

I perfected my technique after I slightly messed up the first one I made. I found it easiest to start out by cutting strips of scrapbook paper slightly longer and wider than the edge of your canvas. This makes it easy to make crisp corners. Once all of the pieces are cut out, apply a layer of Mod Podge to them. I found this easier than applying the Mod Podge to the canvas itself. You can reposition easier this way. Smooth the paper to ensure there’s no bubbles. The fold the edges over and secure them on the top of the canvas. This will create a wrap effect. Repeat for the remaining 3 sides. Apply another layer of Mod Podge over the scrapbook paper. Allow to dry completely.

A view of the edges

In order to place your picture, apply a layer of Mod Podge all over the canvas, making sure you get it all the way to the edges. If you don’t, your picture might lift a little at the corners. Place the photo on the canvas and let it dry completely. Now comes the part that stressed me out the most. Apply a layer of Mod Podge on top of the photo. Yep…cover your photo with it. It will be milky white but I promise it will dry clear. I wasn’t confident that it would but it really did! So go ahead and put on a good layer and let it dry!

See!!!  It really does dry clear!!!

See!!! It really does dry clear!!!

I had a hard time waiting for it to dry completely so I would work on them right before I went to bed so when I woke up, they were dry. I never found any streaks or bubbles. I was so happy with how they turned out and even prouder to give them as gifts. Everyone has their canvases displayed in their house. I even made a few for myself!

The canvas I made for the Hubs and his dad

I hope you all enjoyed this! These canvases were one of my favorite projects I’ve made to date and they were really appreciated by everyone who received them. One day, I’ll finally have my gallery wall filled with photo canvases thanks to this project!!

Want to see more DIY projects? Do you prefer homemade gifts to store bought? Do you have a DIY project to share?  Let me know!!!

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2 Responses to Getting Crafty: Photo Canvas

  1. Debbie June 25, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    What an awesome project, Jessica! I might have a new summer craft to work on! Thanks for the detailed instructions!