If you’ve been active in the home and garden or DIY blogosphere as of late, you’ve probably seen a few of these DIY canvas photo tutorials around. I wanted to do something a little different, a little easier and a little cheaper, so just before Thanksgiving, when I was set to have a bunch of guests (literally, the night before Thanksgiving, thats how easy this was!) I threw this together… And I LOVE the way it turned out… I plan on painting the wall that’s behind these in the final photo, and I think it will show them off better, and will update you then. In the meantime however, this was a tight budget project that gave me an expensive look with DIY canvas photos for less then $15 for the whole project! (That’s for five canvas photos!)
Canvas value packs from Hobby Lobby
Mod Podge (matte)
Black and white prints (no border)
I just used black and white photo prints from Walmart… and low end canvases that were on sale for $5.99 a two pack. I chose to make my prints a little different than a lot of the bloggers out there in that I used standard 4×6 prints on larger canvases, and allowed a lot of white space around the edge of the print. A cool and more modern look. I prefer a matte finish as I think it makes it look more like real canvas and therefore higher end, but use glossy if you prefer. Remember, these are a DIY dupe… not meant to be viewed at extreme close up or given as expensive gifts…but up on a wall, I can’t tell the difference between these and paying a whole lot more to have theses prints put onto canvas at the photo shop!
Using a foam brush, coat the back of the print with Mod Podge.
Apply your print face up onto the center of the canvas. I just eyeballed it… Smooth it down with another coat of glue over the face of the print.
Now apply a coat of the glue to the entire front of the canvas. Not only does this seal in the print, it also makes sure the entire canvas is the same finish.
That’s it! Let is dry, and hang, or as I prefer, lean and layer them on a shelf or mantel. DIY canvas photos for a fraction of the cost, and this is fast and easy! Let us know how this project turns out for you!