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 photo canvas 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 photo canvases for less then $15 for the whole project! (That’s for five canvas photos!)




DIY Photo Canvas Project


Canvas value packs from Hobby Lobby

Mod Podge (matte)

Foam Brush

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!

Step One:

Using a foam brush, coat the back of the print with Mod Podge.

DIY Canvas Photos


Step Two:

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.

DIY Canvas Photos


Step Three:

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.

DIY Canvas Photos

DIY Canvas Photos


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!

DIY Canvas Photos


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  1. Margarita March 12, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Yesterday I did this!!!! Fantastically nice and very easy to do!!!!! Couldn’t help saying thank you!!!!

    1. Kathy Woodard March 20, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Im glad you enjoyed our project! Thanks for writing Margarita!

      1. mary September 29, 2015 at 4:08 pm

        I don’t know what u mean about glue. Is Mod Podge glue or something different? Thks.

        1. Kathy Woodard October 29, 2015 at 3:12 pm

          Yep, the Mod Podge is a type of glue!

  2. Lisa July 8, 2014 at 8:24 am

    WOW!! What a fantastic idea!! I can not wait to try this!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  3. Cindy July 13, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    You must have known there was a new crafter out there struggling to find her first project. The struggle was it being simple and something that interested me too lol. This will be perfect to finish up the big family tree decal I have on the wall. Thanks a lot for sharing your awesome ideas. I really enjoy reading your blogs!

  4. CONNIE July 21, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    We just bought a smaller home and this is going to go on a big blank wall of the newer high ceilinged house we bought! Thanks for the how to!!! I may try spray painting the canvas black and seeing what that looks like since the walls are canvas colored.

    1. Kathy Woodard July 29, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      Let us know how it turns out!

  5. Tammi November 15, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    hi Kathy thank you so much for sharing this idea. I went to Hobby Lobby today and got everything to make this. I just wanted to know if you had an idea on how to wrap it (without it sticking to the mod podge) to give as a gift.

    1. Kathy Woodard November 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Once it dries, you should have no problem!

  6. Anji November 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Instead of using photo prints, I made them after printing my photos from those I had on file on my computer on regular printer paper…set my print to black ink only. They were fabulous and I taught a class in it for my craft guild! This way, the canvas texture comes through. Even did the same thng but used scraps of wood cut to the size of my photos! Ta Da!

    1. Kathy Woodard December 17, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks for the great tip!

  7. Christol April 18, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Is there a reason why black and white prints are used instead of color?

    1. Kathy Woodard May 22, 2015 at 8:09 am

      I just love the way they look!

  8. Chelle mckinnon June 1, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Please can you tell me what Mod podge is. Im dure its something simple but as im Scottish it may have a different word to describe it. Really want to try these lovely canvases out. Love your page x

    1. Lynne Phelps August 5, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Mod Podge is decoupage glue that comes in matte or glossy finish. It is a white PVA glue variant.

    2. beth callins September 10, 2015 at 9:02 am

      Mod poge
      Is just equal parts of white glue and water. Mixed well.

  9. Petra October 4, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    I just painted my canvases black, I got glossy photos this time, so do I use glossy mod podge and do I cover the front of my photo with mod podge as well? Or only the back? Do I cover the black painted edges as well??thank you

    1. Kathy Woodard October 29, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      We covered the entire surface with Mod Podge so the finish would be consistent… Glossy or satin is up to you!

  10. Ronnie Kinnison April 23, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Just tried this and the photo wrinkled and is a real mess


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