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Canvas art - a quick & easy DIY

Friday, September 30, 2011


I had a harebrained idea at midnight last night, or I guess this morning, to get a project checked off my list. So, I gathered a few supplies, sat down at the kitchen table and got to work.

A while ago I mentioned that I was going to make my own canvas prints. While you really can print on canvas right through your home printer, I was working with actual photographs. I was determined to get the look of canvas prints without the high price tag.

Quality gallery wrapped canvas can be expensive. An 11 x 14 with an inch gallery wrap averages about $60.00. You can find discounts here and there but once you start figuring in the thickness of the wrap or custom edge colors, it can increase the price. The work is beautifully done but I would need 5 and honestly, that's $300.00 which is needed elsewhere. Thanks to my beautiful friend, Alysa, she saved me a ton of dough! I followed her instructions and this is how it went.

Paint the sides of the canvas if you wish, even going over on the top sides of the canvas. Let dry. I just used leftover paint from the boys' room.

Using a paintbrush, brush Mod Podge over the entire canvas area.



I brushed it on after this
Place picture on the canvas and glue down. I smoothed it out with my hands, making sure there were no air bubbles. Just make sure your hands are clean - no oil on the picture. You may also want to use gloves for handling photographs.

Turn over and trim excess with an exacto-knife. My pictures were 11 x 16 but the canvas was 11 x 14 so I had a little to trim. You can also trim beforehand if you wanted.


Now, take the Mod Podge and paint the entire surface of the photograph. Don't worry, just keep spreading the glue and remember Mod Podge is magic! I used a sponge paintbrush but next time I think I'll use a better quality brush, something more sturdy. I just gave it one coat.

While one is drying, you can go on to the other. I became slightly impatient since it was now 1 AM so I took the hair dryer and sped up the drying time. If you do this, don't get too close to the picture. I just gave it a quick once-over and it was already looking good.



I just left it on the table overnight to finish drying and in the morning I had "canvas like" prints for a fraction of the price! They have slight brush marks that you can see up close which I don't mind because of the texture it gives. I really enjoyed the way these turned out.


Showing the edge
Lined up for impact

Total spent:

2 pk canvas $7.99

11 x 16 prints, $6.99 each (used a 30% coupon)

Mod Podge $2.69

paint brush $1.00

Total: $27.19 for 2, including tax

If you need help taking a high resolution photo for this project, let me know and I'd be happy to take one for you!





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38 comments:

  1. I saw that tutorial and it has been on my to do list. They turned out beautiful.

    I went to work on it one day and couldn't figure out my print settings...you've inspired me to try again!

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  2. Those are beautiful! I was up late last night/this morning too, but not doing anything nearly as productive or cool as you.

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  3. Oh my goodness!
    That is brilliant!
    I'm so impressed. I've always loved that look.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Laura, I love it! You make it look so easy! You inspire me.

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  5. Those look so professional and beautiful...great job. I do some of my best work at odd hours too !!!

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  6. Wow, Laura! They look AMAZING! :)

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  7. Way to go! I love it and they were inexpensive, too! Very very nice.

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  9. Amazing! I think you have inspired me. What a great gift for all of my children. I think I will start taking pictures of the grandkids now. haha you remind me of myself...always starting a project after midnight! I found you on Between naps on the porch.

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  10. Love It! I cant wait to do this with my pictures thanks for sharing this tutorial.

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  11. I absolutely LOVE this project!!! They look like the real deal--ordered from one of those online canvas shops. :)

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  12. Did you use modge podge for the glue, or just regular elmer's glue?
    Love this look!

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  13. Hi! I just used Mod Podge. So easy!

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  14. Laura did you use printer paper or photo paper? I am so pumped about making these for Christmas Gifts

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  15. Does the photo have to be a laser print photo?

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  16. did you use a glossy or matte photo? thanks in advance!

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  17. The prints are on regular photo paper and were a matte finish. Hope that helps!

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  18. did your print get wrinkles in it? Mine did and I'm not sure what I did wrong. Printed at Office Depot.

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  19. No wrinkles but you have to use photo paper. I ordered a matte poster print from CVS. You will get wrinkles if you use copy paper. Hope it works out Lynsey!

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  20. Found this on pinterest a month or so ago thinking it would take a lot time. I bought all my supplies today and had the picture printed at Walgreens and gave myself about an hour to do this project. The best part...it only took 10 minutes!! The picture looks awesome and I had time to spare!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  21. How simple this is and yet it looks so beautiful, i liked your painting and want to put it in my home, thanks for sharing this neat canvas art.

    wall art

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  22. Awesome job! I am going to try this using 4 smaller pics on one canvas.
    I hope mine turns out as good as yours did. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. You said you should've used a better quality brush when putting the mod podge glue over the picture. What type where you thinking? I'm about to start this project this week.

    Wish me luck!

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    1. I used a brush which left a few bristles that I had to remove with tweasers. I should've used a sponge (brush) or a finer, natural bristle brush. Thanks!

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  24. I'm wanting to do this for a bathroom that has a shower. Do you think it will work okay or do you think the steam will affect it in a bad way?

    Thanks :)

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  25. I am wanting to do this project for my bathroom that has a shower. Do you think it'll be ruined due to the steam from the shower or will the mod lodge covering it keep the steam out?

    Thanks :)

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    1. I thought I replied to this, so sorry! Did you put one in the bathroom? Did it work? My initial thought was that over time it might be ruined.

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    2. I thought I replied to this, so sorry! Did you put one in the bathroom? Did it work? My initial thought was that over time it might be ruined.

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  26. Where did you buy the canvas 2 pack? I'm trying to find some to do this...I love this idea! It's genius!!

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  27. I tried this today for the first time. Loved it. I didn't want to paint the edges so I pasted some Scrap booking paper on the edges for one, the other I left White. I was thinking it would look nice if I put a ribbon around the edge. I found the hardest part was trimming the photo as on one of them it made some white edging show on the picture where I trimmed it. But came out looking good anyway.

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    1. Lisa,
      Sounds like a great idea. I had to use a really sharp exacto knife to keep the white from showing as well.

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  28. Bethany, I bought the canvas at AC Moore but I just saw that Michael's has them all on sale for quite a nice price!

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  29. Really brilliant idea anyone can implement and do it by own at home.Thanks for sharing..panoramic canvas wall art

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  30. Do I want to go over it once of let it dry and go over it again?

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    1. I actually just did it once and it's held up. It seems thick so maybe that's why it works so well? Let me know if you give a 2nd coat and how it works out!

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