11/17/2011

DIY Photo to Canvas

For Christmas this year I wanted to do photo canvases for a few of my family members...well, photo canvases done professionally are VERY expensive, and being on a college student budget I don't have $50+ to put out for one canvas. So I decided I would search for a way to make them. I am incredibly addicted to Pintrest and found a tutorial on how to make these canvases yourself! I made my first one yesterday and I AM IN LOVE! I want to make so many! And let me tell you, this was super easy, I promise, and did I mention cheap?! Anyone could take on this project and it'd come out perfect, so let me show you how.

First you need to gather your materials:
Mod Podge (matte)- Hobby Lobby $4.99
Paint Brushes (you can pick up a big pack for about $5 at any craft store)
Paint (small bottles for about $ .66 at any craft store)
Scrapbook paper (of your choice)- Hobby Lobby $ .44 
Canvas (whatever size your picture is, I used 8x10.)- 2 canvases for $3.99 @ Hobby Lobby
A towel & something to work on (I just used plastic bags)
Scissors
Any size picture you would like (I had my picture printed at Walgreens, you can upload it online and pick it up in the store or take your camera card into the store and print it there) 8x10- $3.49
1. Paint a layer of mod podge on each side of your canvas and across the top of your canvas, Let dry.

2. While your canvas is drying (or you can do this before) cut strips of scrapbook paper the width and length of each side of the canvas. The strips DO NOT have to be as long or as wide as the sides of the canvas, just close. Your edges won't match up and you'll be able to see some exposed canvas, this is OK!

3. Put another layer of mod podge on the sides of your canvas and on the BACK of a strip of scrapbook paper then place onto the side of the canvas. Be sure to run your fingers over the paper to make sure it is smooth and has no bubbles. Continue this step for the remaining 3 sides.
4. After you have all of your scrapbook paper on the sides, lay your picture FACE DOWN and put a good amount of Mod Podge all over the back, covering the whole picture. After you have it covered, turn it over and place it evenly on your canvas, once you have it set down take your towel and run it over the top of the picture, this is an easy way to make sure you don't have jerky movements while trying to smooth your picture onto the canvas. Run the towel over the canvas a few times to make sure it is smooth.
5. So now you have your picture attached to the canvas. Next you are going to put a layer of Mod Podge ONTOP of the photo. Yes, ontop. This may be frightening at first but don't be alarmed, although the Mod Podge goes on milky white, it dries PERFECTLY CLEAR.
6. After you paint the whole top of the picture with Mod Podge you have the optional step of painting over your strips of scrapbook paper on the sides with Mod Podge as well. I did this step to ensure the paper was secure on the canvas. Again, it dries clear. Let dry for about 30 MINUTES or until you feel like it is completely dry.

7. After it is dry take a sponge (can be a paint sponge or regular one) and get your paint (I used black because it matched my picture, you can use any color you'd like). Put some paint on a paper plate and be sure NOT TO WET your sponge to ensure a vintage look on your canvas. Dab your sponge in your paint and then dab it again on the paper plate to get off the excess paint. Then you are going to sponge paint the sides of of the canvas. You do this to cover up the exposed canvas. I dabbed my sponge on all the edges and sides of my canvas to give it a kind of vintage feel and it also covered up the exposed canvas. Let this dry and then YOU ARE DONE!

8. Voila! Now time to show off and display!
In these 2 pictures you can see my paint along the edges and sides of the canvas and how it gives it the vintage feel and covers the canvas.

I hung it on my wall this just a tack but you can always use a nail or attach ribbon onto the canvas and hang it that way.


It is UNBELIEVABLE the finished project! The Mod Podge makes the photo look like it was printed directly onto the canvas! I could hardly believe my eyes, I love this project so much! I hope that you guys try it out, it's super easy. I will definitely be making many more of these for Christmas gifts!
Happy Crafting :)

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