How To Make DIY Canvas Art With Photos

Happy Friday! Today’s the last in our series of great DIY holiday (or anytime!) gifts and crafts with Mandy of The Fabulous Baby Striblings. On Monday we covered a No-Sew Growth Chart, and Wednesday, an adorable Hair Bow Holder.  Today, Mandy shows you how to take family photos and turn then into a lovely DIY canvas art!

Typical 8×10 photo canvases are $30-40 each, so this is a marvelous idea for your own home or as a gift!

DIY Photo Art Canvas

Supplies you’ll need

4 canvases ($8.99 during a buy one, get one free sale)

Two scrapbook pages (2/$1).

4 8×10 pictures printed at Walgreens ($11)

Mod Podge

Paper cutter

Prepare the sides of the canvas

I first covered each canvas with Mod Podge. Then, I cut the strips of paper, and pasted them onto each side of the canvas. (cut the strips and the photos a teeny bit shorter – you want there to be white space)

DIY Photo Art Canvas

DIY Photo Art Canvas

Prep the photos

Then I turned each picture over, coated it with Mod Podge,and carefully applied it to each canvas and smoothed everything out very well. Then I applied Mod Podge to everything. (It’s white, but dries clear)

DIY Photo Art Canvas

Sponge paint the photos

Then I took a dry sponge and “sponged” paint onto the white areas of the canvas and along the sides of the picture to kind of “blend” it together. It’s supposed to look antiquey and shabby chic. The tutorial used black – I used white, but you can use any color I’m sure.

DIY Photo Art Canvas

DIY Photo Art Canvas

Then let dry! All in all, it took about 2 hours to complete.

DIY Photo Art Canvas

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Mandy is the author of The Fabulous Baby Striblings. She blogs all about raising her boy/girl twins. Go check it out for lots of fun, humor, DIY, fashion, photography and toddler giggles.
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  1. Kendra Cross says:

    I love this! Neat!

  2. What a great idea!!! I love it and am definitely going to do it! I love the look of canvas and this is such a great idea on how to do an inexpensive and cute gift!!! Thanks for the great tutorial!!!

  3. Great idea! <3

  4. I am soooooo trying this, thank you for sharing.

  5. Roxie Conley says:

    I love that idea and have the perfect photo to use. I love it. I was always scared to try it.

  6. Great idea!! Once the holidays wind down I’m going to have to give this a try. Thank you!! :)

  7. OMG, thank you! Amazing!!!!

  8. Wow, these came out great!

  9. Great gift idea! Thank you for sharing with us.

  10. This is a great idea! You can’t get more personalised than self made canvas prints. You could even extend it by adding other personalised things, such as a lock of hair.

  11. I just saw something similar on Pinterest and will be making this for the house for Christmas! As an FYI, Amazon has awesome pricing on canvas! In other news: I need a paper cutter! ;-)

  12. You make this look so easy! I think I’m going to have to try it!

  13. This looks like a fabulous idea. And one even I may be able to handle. ;)

  14. I wish I had known how to do this back when I had a photography biz! Would’ve been awesome to offer customers. Now I’ll just have to do for my grandkids!

  15. This is a great, simple project! I think I need some for my walls. I shared your link on my Friday Favorites.

  16. What a fantastic, easy to do craft. I love it. Canvas prints can be spendy. I’d get such satisfaction out of doing this at home.

  17. Wow-this is awesome! Thanks so much! I will for sure be making these! :) Just a question: Why do you add the scrapbook paper? Is it for the look/decoration or is it necessary?


  18. oh my goodness!! I’m SO doing this! :D

  19. This is fabulouse, Someone had once mentioned to me that they Mod Podged a photo to a canvas, and my only thought was – the picture didn’t smear?? Water smears a picture. I was always scared to try it. Have you ever had a picture smear when you wet it with the Mod Podge?

  20. OMG I’m in love with this idea!!! I’m def going to do this, this is great! Your project turned out really nice too! Thanks for sharing!

  21. I love this! And now I have a perfectly good excuse to buy the paper cutter I had my eye on.

  22. Wow, this is such a cute craft and looks like something that I could actually do! Thanks for the awesome idea!

  23. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Awesome. I have some pics I’m going to try this with.

  25. this is a neat idea! I have been very interested in trying this but most tutorials seem to have a lot of steps but love your tutorial bc it actually seems like something I can do. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Super cool! I love that idea and have the perfect photo to use.

  27. Neat! I can’t wait to try this!

  28. Wow: that looks great! I used to have a paper cutter, back in the day when I tried my hand at scrapbooking…

  29. I love this idea. I just might have to buy the stuff to do this as a weekend decorating project.


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