How To Make DIY Canvas Art With Photos

By Dec 2, 2011February 13th, 201532 Comments

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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

About The Author

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.

About Alina Thomas

Alina is a Northern Virginia wedding photographer based out of Leesburg, VA. She has a passion for arts and design, and strives to express it through her work. She is creative at heart and loves nothing more than sharing her knowledge in photography with other Virginia wedding photographers on her blog each week. Alina loves being a new mom to her first-born and spending time with her husband who helps her run her businesses. Please feel free to follow her on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google+.