DIY Photo Canvas

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Here Comes the Sun: DIY Photo Canvas
How cute is that face?  I’m a bit biased.

It needs to be displayed prominently and with style. This is the project that I entered into Round 2 of One Crafty Contest.  Unfortunately, my DIY Photo Canvas was not voted into the next round 🙁  I had a lot of fun making these  and I think they look great. I am in desperate need of some new photos to display and wanted to do something different than just frames.  


Mod Podge
Acrylic paint

Print out a photo of your choice at a place such as Costco.  I printed a glossy photo but I assume matte would work too.

Spread a layer of Mod Podge onto the canvas. I used an 11×14 canvas and matte Mod Podge.
Here Comes the Sun: DIY Photo Canvas
Place your photo onto the canvas, starting at one edge and smoothing to the other edge.
(I didn’t have any problems with the photo bubbling)
Here Comes the Sun: DIY Photo Canvas
Spread a layer of Mod Podge over the photo.
Here Comes the Sun: DIY Photo Canvas
After the Mod Podge is dried, dab some acrylic paint along the edges to give the photo a distressed look on the edges. If you make a mistake, you can just wipe it right off. 
Here Comes the Sun: DIY Photo Canvas
Let the paint dry and display in your favorite place. I put mine on my mantel.
Here Comes the Sun: DIY Photo Canvas

 These photo canvases are so cheap!  I got a canvas 2 pack for $4 (with my 40% off coupon at Micheals).  The pictures were $2.99 each.  And did you know that you can make your own Mod Podge?  It’s just glue and water.  I had the paint on hand so the total cost was $5 per canvas.  You can’t get much cheaper than that.

                 Thanks to Girl.Inspired for the great tutorial.


  1. I love this project. I paid about 50 dollars for an 8 x 10 canvas from Kodak gallery. Next time I will definitely be using your tutorial

  2. I LOVED this project and voted for it in the contest! I think I will definitely be trying this soon :o) I got cut that round too (I had the dyed mason jars). Wasn’t it so fun participating?!

  3. Those turned out great! I am totally going to try this! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  4. Great idea! I just bought some modge podge and I would love to try something like this with my grandbabies pictures:) Thank you for sharing this awesome project at Freedom Fridays. Hope you have a super terrific week!

  5. Lovely! This would make a super great gift…I have a blank canvas too! Thanks for sharing at our Pinteresting Party.

  6. These are CUTE! Love them! Thanks for linking up with us on “Strut Your Stuff Saturday!” We hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

  7. Hey, My name is Laura and I blog about tips for displaying printed Instagram photos. I have been doing lots of looking around to find unique photo display ideas and I just want to let you know I love this idea! I love seeing the crafty ideas that people create to display their photos! thank you for the inspiration and thank you for sharing.

  8. Wonderful idea! May I ask, whether the photo has to be printed by and ink printer or a laser printer? Hope I can get the right Mod podge here in Germany to follow your instructions ;-)! Definetely a real art project! Thanks for sharing… Will recommend your site for sure!

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