Do it yourself photo canvas

I am sure you have seen those amazing canvas prints floating around the internet, and I for one am in love with these prints popping off of everyone’s walls. What I am not in love with though? The price. Photo canvases can be so super spendy, but not if you know how to get the look yourself!

I know there are a bunch of tutorials online on how to do these, so my way is definitely not the only way…just the way I felt worked best.

The first thing you need is a blank canvas. For mine, I bought the same size canvas as I did the prints (One 11X14 and one 16X20).

I also bought some grey paint to give the edges some color. I felt like it would look more finished when I was complete.

I loved this part because it didn’t have to be painted perfectly!

Then all you have to do is lay your print down on the canvas

and paint a layer of mod podge over it!

I think this was the scariest part because your print will look like this at first!

queue unnecessary panic attack here.

What it ends up looking like though, is this:

All smooth again. Yay!

So then we were more confident to try our big print and even Andrew got into it!

Here is how that one went:

This one could possibly be my favorite.

We ended up gifting these canvases to some of our family for Christmas, but plan to do a wall of our own-and with a price tag of about $15 we can definiltey afford to!

Tips and tricks we learned

*Don’t use the sponge brushes to put down the layer of mod podge. We found out they left teeny tiny little fibers behind. Luckily we swept them out before everything dried, but a better brush would have saved some trouble.

*It helps to put a layer of the glue down on the canvas prior to putting down your print. This will just ensure your picture will stay exactly where you laid it, and won’t move around while you are completing the top.

*Long smooth brush stokes on the canvas will also ensure a better product. Make sure to smooth out everything while you go as it can dry quite fast.

If you have any additional tips or tricks of your own, I’d love to hear them!