DIY Canvas Photos Project
I am not by nature a creative person and when I discovered Pinterest several months ago, I was in awe of all the wonderfully creative moms that are out there. I have pinned over 700 things now but one of the first things I found was a DIY photo canvas. I’ve been wanting to do a photo canvas for quite a while but never wanted to plunk down $50+ for an 8×10 so I loved the idea of being able to do it on my own.
As per my normal though, I can’t just try something on a small scale–I decided to do 20 of these canvas photos to form a gallery of family snapshots. The whole project took quite a while, but mostly that was due to an unforeseen delay that I’ll tell you about soon. I will say, that for a non-artistic, non-crafty person like myself, this project was simple to complete and I am quite pleased with how it turned out.
So how did I do it? Well let me walk you through step by step:
1. Gather your materials–canvas in the desired size, photo in the same size, ModPodge, square tool, trimming tool, acrylic craft paint and coordinating scrapbook paper (not shown). I would highly recommend a matte finish for your ModPodge (mine was satin finish and has a bit too much glare when viewed in bright light. I would also recommend measuring your canvas before sizing and printing your photo(s). I assumed that 6×6 canvas was truly 6×6–it is better for the photo to be a tiny bit smaller than the actual canvas for the best results.
Initially. I purchased 2 packs of 6×6 canvas (4 in each) to make sure I could get the desired results before buying all 20. Unfortunately, Michael’s ran out of the 6×6 canvas before I could purchase the remaining 12 and continued to be out of stock for over 6 weeks. I checked back at least a half a dozen times, checked another store on the other side of town, checked at Hobby Lobby–no one had them! When I had nearly given up hope and was about to purchase them online for 3x the price, they finally got them in my local store and I purchased the remaining 12. I was able to complete the project in the evenings over the next couple of days. I would estimate in all that the whole thing took between 12-15 hours of time–so was it worth it? Let’s do the math!
- 20 – 6×6 canvas @ $14.99 per 4pk = $74.95
- 2 bottles (8oz) of ModPodge @ $4.99 each = $9.98
- 5 Sheets of Scrapbook Paper @ .99 each = $4.95
- 20 6×6 Photos printed @ 1.29 each = $25.80
- 1 bottle of Acrylic paint @ $2.99 each = $2.99
Total Project Cost = $118.67 – That’s less than $6 per canvas!!!
For me, it was definitely worth the time and effort! – I absolutely LOVE how it looks in my living room & I would have never spent retail price for the same gallery. Let me know if you decide to do your own DIY photo canvas (whether it’s 1 or 20) and share your results–I’d love to see your creations!