Ginger Snap Crafts: tutorial {diy canvas prints}

tutorial {diy canvas prints}

Happy Monday! Soooooo how was your weekend???
I hope it was great & that you got lots accomplished! :)

Today I’m over at How to Nest for Less
helping Erin out with her fun Valentine’s series.
You can check out my {you & me} block tutorial here.
She has lots more planned this week
so make sure you keep checking in! :)

Today I'd love to show you how to make you own
canvas prints for much cheaper than ordering them!

(I shared these over on
Keeping it Simple a week or two ago
buuut just incase you missed it thought I’d share it over here, too!)

You'll need:
8x10 print of your favorite photo
paint & foam brushes
mod podge (matte)
8X10 canvas
(I bought mine at Hobby Lobby on sale for a couple of dollars.)

To make your canvas:
I painted the edges of my canvas first
& then I painted about a 1 inch border on the front of my canvas.
After your paint dries, apply a layer of mod podge on your canvas.
Then lay down your picture.  I used a cloth to rub over the entire picture.
You don't want any bubbles & for your picture to be nice and flat. 
Photo paper is thick, so getting it to lay flat was no problem for me.  Yay!
Then I went over the top of my picture with another layer of mod podge. 
That gave it a brush stroked look.  Annnd don't dries clear. :)

Here are my finished canvas prints!  Love them!  So easy to do, too!  Yay!


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  1. Love the canvas prints so simple and the finished look is amazing. Smiles, Paula

  2. I love the look! Thanks for the tutorial1

  3. I Love the look of canvases! And I think your tutorial is pretty awesome! It looks super cute!

  4. This is awesome. I've never used midge podge before. Is it possible to use a roller with it? (so as to eliminate the brush strokes?)

  5. Hmmmm....not sure that would eliminate all the brush strokes.

    I recently got some of the Elmer's Spray Adhesive & it works really well. You just spray it on the back & your photo will stick where you want it to. It would probably work well with this project & you wouldn't have to worry about doing anything on top of your picture.

    The thing I like about mod podge is it kinda of gives it a protective finish on top...makes it a little more durable.

  6. This is such a good idea!! We are are looking at getting some canvas pictures printed from our wedding in November but I am going to look into doing this!

    I was just at a Hobby Lobby (first time ever) over the weekend and I didn't pick up any but I will definately make another trip. The closest one to us is 3 hours away...:( boooo

    Great job though, they look awesome!

  7. Great. Thanks!! I'll have to experiment with it and report back!! This is great. Thanks for the inspiration. Great blog too!! <3

  8. Love it! Great tutorial! Pinned it :)

  9. Absolutely awesome tutorial.. I LOVE this Ginger.. Thanks SO much for sharing.. Will be pinning and trying it out : ))

  10. This looks awesome!!! Just as good if not better than the ones you can order online!

  11. I love that idea!! You could also scan in other things and make canvases out them like your kids handwriting or sweet drawings on paper. That way they'd be presevered.

  12. This is a GREAT way to save money! And yours turned out so lovely!! I need to make some of these for Little Man's room!

  13. Those are so pretty!! I so want to do this. Thanks for the idea:)
    I currently have a link party going and would love for you to share this and anything else you would like!

  14. Clever and cute. This would save so much money doing the picture canvas this way. Thanks for linking up the Pomp Party Linky this week.

    Amanda Joy
    Joy in the Jumble

  15. Great idea! I made mine with tissue paper...this is much easier than printing on tissue paper :)
    You should join me for Handmade 52! -Katie

  16. These look great! I'm seeing some grandparent gifts in our future :)

    (visiting from Southern Lovely)

  17. this is such a great idea - are you sure it's that easy???

    In which case I have been well and truly suckered over the years :)

  18. I really love how your pictures turned out. I'm working on two very large canvases for our master bedroom and don't want to fork out the money for a "for real" canvas so I bought 4 foam boards and am gluing two together to make a thicker backing but then using the same method you explained. Hope mine turns out as well as yours did! Thanks for the tutorial. You gave some really helpful tips that I can use on my project.

  19. I was just making sure on the canvas pictures that you used black paint? Or can you use a different color? Just wondering.

  20. Love this Ginger! I have so many family photos that I NEVER do anything with, so I would love to give this a try! Great tutorial!

  21. I love making these for family at Christmas time! The grandparents - especially - love it! Great tutorial!

  22. Love these Ginger! This is great to keep in mind around the holidays for easy gifts!

  23. What did you print your photo on? Normal computer paper?

  24. Great tutorial! just did my first easy!! :)

  25. This is really wonderful. I love how the finished frame looks. However, I was wondering, what paint did you use? Thanks

  26. I Enjoyed your tutorial very much.. Am I able to use a regular picture that I had copied from Walgreens photo lab

  27. Very nice family photo. I enjoyed your idea.


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