How I Made My Own Photo Canvas

How I Made My Own Photo Canvas

I had a company make a photo canvas for me and it cost a small fortune!  So, I set out to make my own.  After researching, I found many ways to do it on Pinterest, of course.  This one worked great for me and was super easy!

For the first time, my son Benjamin was getting a bedroom all to himself.  They had always shared rooms, until two went off to college.  I wanted to surprise him so I painted the walls, and decided to try some canvases of he and his girlfriend.

modge5 How I Made My Own Photo CanvasI bought some 8″ x 10″ canvases from Michael’s.  I had my 40% coupon in hand, but it was cheaper to buy a large pack since they were already half off.  Then I needed Mod Podge, and that was it!  Total cost – less than $20 (and I still have remaining canvases)

Print the photo to the size of your canvas.  You can trim it to fit.  I had mine printed at Walmart because I don’t have a laser printer.   I chose black and white photos, because they look more like an old time canvas.  I did do one color photo because it looked like a hand colored black and white photo and thought it would fit in with the theme.

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There are a couple ways to do it.  Have your photo a little bit larger than the canvas and fold the edges over, or have it a little smaller like I did, and apply paint to the borders.  Since I was going for old time, I chose the second route.

modge4 How I Made My Own Photo CanvasBrush a coat of Mod Podge on the canvas and place the photo how you would like it on the canvas.  Press down and smooth it out so there are no air bubbles.  Then brush another layer on top of the photo to seal it.  The Mod Podge will appear white, but it dries clear.

After it was fully dry, I took a small painting sponge, or you could use a stenciling brush, and dabbed white paint on the edges to make them look faded or old.

I love the way they turned out and it was so inexpensive!  You can do so many variations.  Try painting the canvases first, for color on the sides!

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  1. LOVE this idea and will be using it! I am a beginning photographer with not a lot of money to spare and this is a great idea! I am in a great camera club and we have contest nights every month, then a final one at end of year. This would be a great alternative to display the winning photos at home in a
    different way. Thanks for the idea!

    • Good luck with your business! This is a fun, inexpensive way and you can do so much with them to show your style.

  2. Lisa, did you print on photo paper or regular paper?

    • I had copies made at Walmart, so they would be photo paper.

      • Did you put photo face up?


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