DIY Photo Canvases: $25 or less!

February 16, 2017 | Tutorials

How many of you love taking pictures of your kids? I do too!

And when we take those pictures we naturally want to hang them on the wall and decorate our homes with their beautiful faces! I don’t know about you but I’m in love with canvases…really big canvases. I hang them, stack them and display them all over my house. Problem is that those canvases are sooooo expensive! A 16×20 gallery print canvas can be $100 or more…

Here is the great news…You can make your own at a fraction of the cost. And it’s so easy! This method isn’t going to give you archival gallery quality but it makes it affordable to change them our whenever your kids take new pictures!

Here is what you need

I usually wait until there is a sale on the value pack of canvases and I stock up! Then I have the size of image I want printed at my favorite big box store “C***O”(it’s uber cheap there…$9 for a 16×20).

Here is the video tutorial I put together, this project is simple so I’m not going to over due the instructions. However; see below for some helpful tips!

After it was all said and done I spent a little less than $25 on a 16×20 canvas…and I had extra supplies to boot.

Here are some things/tips you should know…

  1. Paint around the edge of the canvases with paint (I like black) make sure you cover about an inch onto the front of the canvas too. It is pretty hard to get the print exactly the size of the canvas unless you print it larger then cut it down to your desired size. the black paint just gives a little fudge room in case you can’t get it perfect.
  2. Don’t be afraid to cover the image/canvas with the Modge Podge…it dries clear, a nd the brush strokes give it a painted quality. But beware, if you use too much the end result will be a cloudy when the canvas dries.
  3. Make sure to Modge Podge around the edges and make sure all of the print edges are adhering with the canvas.

That’s it….so get to it and Happy Crafting!

Here are some examples of my end results…


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