Quick DIY Photo Canvas

During this time of year I always like to find personalized gifts that we can make for our family and loved ones. We had the chance to go up north to visit with one of my husbands grandmothers. We wanted to give her a little something special. So we decided to make her some canvas prints from our wedding. (You may have noticed one of our first DIY Canvases on my previous Christmas Tree post) Buying canvas prints can be pretty expensive. So I visited my favorite site, Pinterest, and found a couple tutorials for them. When I am doing a craft project I have a few requirements. I don’t want to have to purchase a lot of crazy or expensive supplies. I also want something that can be done with only a few easy steps. So this project was right up my alley!

Here is the tutorial that we used to make our masterpieces. All you need is a few tools and a about an hour and you will have some pretty nice an inexpensive gifts that your loved one will really appreciate!

DIY Canvas Print Instructions:

Materials Needed:

Photos printed in your desired size (I get my prints from Costco. Even GIANT prints are reasonably priced)

Canvases that are the same size or slightly smaller than your print. (If you want your picture to be on the outside edges then your canvas should be smaller than the picture.)

Plenty of Modge Podge

Black Acrylic Paint (or whatever color you want for your border and/or edges)

Sponge paint brushes

A tarp or something to protect your surfaces.


Cut off any edges that hang over on your canvas.

Spread glue on canvas and attach the picture. Allow to dry.


Once the picture is dry and secured on the canvas cover the picture with a healthy amount of modge podge. But don’t overdo it.


Use another blank canvas to stamp the texture of the canvas on the picture over the Modge Podge. Press gently making sure to get the whole surface.


This is what it will look like.


After it dries it will look like this.


You can see the great canvas texture that is created using this method. The hubs did most of the painting on this project. We were kind of in a hurry so the brush strokes aren’t perfect. I kind of like it though because it gives it more of a personal feel.

Grandma liked the pictures so much that she wanted them hung on the wall immediately!

His grandma wanted them placed on her wall right away!

                                         His grandma wanted them placed on her wall right away!


This is what they look like on her family wall.

If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive gift this is perfect! What our your favorite crafty gifts to make during this time of year?


About Angela

I am a working homemaker and soon-to-be mom, striving to create an eco-aware environment. My goal is to show people how the average person incorporates small, practical changes to cause a big impact on your life and our environment.
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