DIY Photo Canvas That Is Easy Enough for Me (the Person Who Ruins Every Craft) to Make!

We moved into our new home in July. I had money saved to do some decorating (new accent furniture, pretty new things to hang on the wall, etc) but I lost my job just a few weeks after moving in, so that money went to pay bills instead.

(Real Life is FUN!)

Looking at the blanks walls can be a bit of a downer.  This house is lovely and I do love it so, however, I’d love to be able to buy things to make it look like our home.  Yesterday, I decided to try a project I’ve seen on Pinterest to add a little bit of joy to the walls in our bathroom. The project looked simple (and inexpensive!) enough to try.

I had two fun, adorable “bath shots” of Little G made into 11×14 prints (I did them at Costco, only $2.99 for an 11×14)

The only materials needed besides the prints were 2 blank canvases (I purchased black ones so  I wouldn’t have to paint them), Mod Podge and a paint brush. That was it!


You can find the instructions that I used HERE. Basically

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, you put Mod Podge on the canvas, you then place the photo on top, get rid of any air bubbles and put a coat or two of Mod Podge on top of the print. If you have a white canvas, you may want to paint the edges black (again, see the instructions on the link I posted above) but since I used a black canvas, I didn’t have to do that step. I may try that next time to see if I like the painted edges better.

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The only issue I have is the lines from the dried Mod Podge. I wish I had been more careful to make sure they were a bit neater (if that makes sense?) but other than that

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, I absolutely LOVE the way they turned out and can’t wait to make some more for other rooms in the house.

It’s totally possible I’m going to turn into one of those “Decorate Your House on a Super Tight Budget” people.  Prepare yourselves.

13 thoughts on “DIY Photo Canvas That Is Easy Enough for Me (the Person Who Ruins Every Craft) to Make!

  1. NancyR

    I helped my daughter do this and we were both frustrated with the brush strokes left in the finish. I’ve since learned there’s a Modge Podge spray! I plan to try that next time.

  2. Miss Lady

    Looks great. I’m in the same boat as you – we moved into our new house at the beginning of August and we have absolutely nothing on the walls because I suck at decorating and hate everything from the last house.
    I’m starting a photography course this month – maybe some of my photos will be nice enough to do this with eventually.

  3. Skye

    Those came out fantastic. I always struggle to think of how I would display photos that wouldn’t just look like they were stuck up on the wall. These are a perfect size for the space where you put them and look sophisticated.

  4. Chrisor

    These turned out just beautiful! I’ve fallen in love with the canvas style photos you can order different places. They go for like $70 each. I’ve wanted one of our 3 dogs but am too cheap to pay that. I’m not crafty either but this sounds like something I could do! Is there a special brush you can use that wouldn’t leave marks? Maybe a sponge? Also I’m curious if the photos you had made at Costco were glossy or matte? Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

    1. Y Post author

      I used a sponge brush the second time around and liked the results better. You still will get lines, but they make it look more like a painting. Also, my prints were glossy. Hope that helps! -Y

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