I think I can be pretty creative in the kitchen… I am definitely NOT gifted in the arts and crafts department.
But I have turned regular photos into pieces of canvas art – all by myself – not once, not twice, but three times. And I am pleased to say they turned out great each and every time. Anyone else out there who doesn’t have an ounce of creative/DIY ability… this project is for you! Trust me, if I can do it – you can too 🙂
Each of these canvas photo prints cost me a little less than $8 to make. If you were to buy a 16 x 20 printed canvas on shutterfly for example – it could cost you about $100-$160 (depending on their current promotion). That’s a huge savings!
This first one is of birch trees which I printed as 2 separate pictures – for that split-art kind of look. I was very happy with how these turned out.
I also made my boys each a minion canvas for Christmas. Big hit!
The family photos below were my first canvas project. My friend Lauren took wonderful pictures for us and I was thrilled with how they turned out as canvas prints. We can’t wait to have her shoot our family again now that we’ve added a 3rd boy – and I’ll definitely be making updated canvases too 🙂
To make your own Canvas Photo Prints you will need:
stretched canvas (size of your choice)
photo (size of your choice)
large bottle of matte mod podge
small bottle black or white acrylic paint
paint or foam brushes
scissors or exacto knife
Here is what you do:
1) Choose your photo, have it enlarged and printed. I have made several of these canvas photos – most have been 16 x 20 enlargements. I waited for a deal and snagged some of them for $.99 from Walgreen’s and free on Shutterfly (I just had to pay shipping).
2) Buy a canvas in the corresponding size. I did a total of 9 photos: 5 in the 16 x 20 size and 4 in the 11 x 14 size, so I purchased a multi-pack of each at A.C. Moore (on sale) and ended up getting them for about $2 a canvas.
3) Trim your photo to fit the canvas. I recommend laying the photo flat with the canvas on top and using a pencil to trace the edge first, then cut with scissors. Or you can use an exacto knife – whatever you are comfortable with! Personally, exacto knives make me think of 10th grade biology, so I lean towards scissors…
4) Paint the edges of the canvas. I chose black paint because I thought it made my pictures stand our more, but you could also do white. Let the paint dry completely.
5) Use your foam brush to cover the entire top of the canvas with a layer of Mod Podge. Center your photo and firmly press down onto the canvas. Let it dry.
6) The last step is to paint a layer of Mod Podge all over the top of the photo. I did some with matte finish and some with glossy. I think I prefer the matte myself, but feel free to go ahead and experiment. Be patient and let the Mod Podge dry completely. Don’t be scared, it may look gloopy and lumpy at first, but it dries clear and smooth.
Now, sit back and enjoy your masterpiece!