How to Make Your Own Canvas Picture!

If you're like me, then you probably love canvas photo's hanging in the house, but don't want to pay beaucoup bucks to have them made. I mean they can run anywhere from $60-$250 depending on the size! Well I have a way you can do it at home with pictures you already have printed! Follow my tutorial and in a matter of 20 minutes you can ditch the frames and enjoy your beautiful canvas photo!

Step 1:
         Get a photo you already have or get one printed (under $1.00 on
         Buy a canvas. They are cheap at any craft store or bulk on (less than $5 ea.)

Step 2: 
         Gather your supplies! This is what you'll need:
Note that I chose the Matte Mod Podge NOT Gloss. I'll show you why later

Step 3:

        You're going to want to make sure your picture fits. I have a 5x5 canvas AND picture. However the pictures are always a smidgen too big for the canvas. So you will want to cut it down with a craft knife, making it a tad smaller than the canvas just so the edges don't overhang.

Step 4: 
          Using your foam brush and Mod Podge, coat the canvas with a healthy amount. This is what the picture will stick too. Make sure to get it right to the edge, even on the sides if you'd like (it dries clear).

Step 5:
          Place the picture on the canvas. Make sure it is centered. Smooth it out with your hands, pressing gently in the center and harder along the edges. 

Step 6:
        Coat the picture with another healthy amount of Mod Podge. This time you want to brush it on in one direction (you'll do the opposite direction after it's dried) This will give it a "canvas" look. 

Step 7: 
          If you don't want to sit around for over an hour to let it dry, take a blow dryer to it. Keep drying it until you can't see any white (that means the Mod Podge is dry). It takes about 5 minutes.
Step 8:
          Repeat Step 6 - going in the opposite direction

Step 9:
          Repeat Step 7 - why wait when you can have it dry NOW!

Step 10: 

*Now the reason why you don't use Gloss Mod Podge is for the fact that when the light hits the picture - it produces an awful glare so you can't see the picture!
This has a minor glare just due to where it's hanging
Paint the Canvas with black paint before you start. It will give it black edges to blend in with the pictures:

Just a little something I learned - always use wax paper under the lid of Mod Podge - you'll never have to worry about the lid getting stuck again!


  1. Beautiful, I like the post along with useful tips.. thanks for sharing the tutorial, I also have many mod Podge crafts at my page, come & enjoy :)
    have a nice day!

    1. Creative Mind - thank you for checking it out! It was my first tutorial I had ever done, but I have been making these forever. I get sick of the frames and these are so light you can hang them up with those Command Strips - which is good if you're renting - no holes in the walls!!

      I'll check out your Mod Podge crafts!!


  2. Very lovely! Thanks for the great tutorial. You make it look so easy! I need to make some of these soon!

    1. Thank you for checking it out! It is actually very very easy to do. And no one, unless really closely looking at it knows that it's not a printed canvas! Gives life to old photos!

  3. Great tips and idea! Thanks for sharing this over at the DIY Sunday Showcase! I'm pinning this now :-)

    1. Jennifer - Thank you for pinning! I'm glad you liked it - it is super simple!


    2. I have this featured today on the Sunday Showcase Favorites!!! :-)

    3. Jennifer Thank you so much! it is such a privilege to be featured on your blog out of all those wonderful submissions!


  4. We wanted to let you know that we featured you this Saturday as one of our kid-related favorites as part of our Super Summer Saturday series on Hope you come back each week and share some more great ideas!


    1. Julie - Thank you so much! I was overjoyed last night when I found this out. It is such an honor to be part of your site and to be chosen out of the many, many talented bloggers! I will most definitely be back each week!


  5. Great job. All the tips are very useful. Thanks

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  6. love this...i tried the modge podge "canvas transfer" with less luck using lots of photos...I might try this on top of it instead of wasting the canvas! I especially love that you painted the sides! Good idea!
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  7. It was really a great idea, surely many person follow your instruction for making such kind of beautiful photo canvas by own hands, i was looking for a DIY canvas making idea and come across this post. For custom photo artwork I have used and have been very satisfied.

  8. It looks so amazing! Thank you for the tutorial!
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