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A few months after Zeke was born, we had family photos taken. Shortly after, I decided I wanted to create a gallery wall in our living room. The room’s needed a bit of brightening up for awhile. I started to price canvas prints, and wowsers, the price for even a small print was shocking. So I thought to myself, “How can I make my own?” And I started looking for tutorials for how to make my own DIY photo canvas on the cheap.
That’s when I found the Youtube video below. Y’all, I would totally have made a video for this (because I’m loving video production), but why re-invent the wheel when this perfectly beautiful tutorial is already out there? I’m just gonna share the steps and then embed the video below for all my visual readers and to give credit where credit is due.
All You Need to Make Your Own DIY Photo Canvas Are a Few Supplies…
You’ll need the following:
- Photo Prints – in whatever sizes you want to use on your wall… I ordered photo prints through Snapfish.
- Canvases to fit those prints – I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby while they were 50% off and bought a few of the cheaper multi-packs, as well.
- Craft knife
- Dark paint – She suggests black in the video; I used Americana Acrylics – Dark Chocolate.
- Matte Mod Podge
- Sponge brushes
- Paper plates – to hold your paint
How to Make Your Own DIY Photo Canvas
Now it’s time to have some fun. This is truly such an easy project, I don’t know why I haven’t done this before now. I decided to create a few different photo canvases, some with family photos and some of photos from our travels and adventures together as a family.
The first step, since it’s a step that requires time to dry, is to paint the edges of your canvas with the paint. Paint around the top edges, and then all around the sides and just over the edge of the canvas back. It will take 2-3 coats; I’d set out 2-4 canvases, paint them, then start the process all over again even if the paint was still a little damp (because I’m impatient like that).
Let your paint get good and dry before attempting to apply your photo. While you’re waiting, trim any white edges off of your photo prints. You may even need to size them up to the canvas and make sure you don’t need to do any extra trimming.
After your paint is dry, apply a good layer of Mod Podge to the top of your canvas. Then place the photo on the canvas, maneuvering it into place. Once it’s placed correctly, flip the canvas over and rub your hands all along the back side of the canvas inside the frame. This will work out any bubbles and ensure that the photo adheres well to the canvas.
Finally, flip your canvas back over and apply another good layer of Mod Podge to the photo and the sides of the canvas. This will not only seal the photo and protect it… It’ll also provide a really nice matte texture to your photo canvas. I used up and down strokes, but you can go any direction with your brush; the Mod Podge will dry clear.
Here is the video I mentioned above… Watch and behold the magic of Mod Podge!
Time to Decorate!
And that’s it… Wasn’t that so simple and easy? That’s really all there is to it! Just be sure to allow your Mod Podge to dry well, and then you’re ready to decorate with your own beautiful photo canvases. They just add a really beautiful touch to any room.
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