Wednesday, December 12, 2012

DIY Canvas Photos - Handmaking the Holidays


I've been wanting to make one of these Canvas Photos for a while and I definitely will be making them again.  I decided to make these for a gift for my brother.  I'm pretty sure he doesn't read my blog often, so hopefully he doesn't start today!  If so, act surprised Donny! 

Who doesn't love photos?  Which makes this Canvas Photo the perfect gift, especially for parents, grandparents or really any family.  Have a friend without kids, maybe they'd love a canvas photo of their pet!  There is the perfect photo for everyone out there.  That is why I chose to make this my last post for Handmaking the Holidays!

Looking for some other great ideas to help you with Handmaking the Holidays? Hop on over to visit Chrissy at Muse of the Morning, Heather at Feather's Flights, and Sandee at In the Hills of North Carolina to see what they are sharing!



To make your canvas photo you will need a canvas (I used 8x10's), a photo the same size as your canvas, matte Mod Podge, foam brushes, and black paint (or any color that matches your photo.)

I began by painting the edges of my canvas black.  Also paint a bit of the top front edge of your canvas as well, just to make sure that none of the white shows through.  Let dry.

 
Apply a layer of your mod podge to the back of your photo and the front of your canvas with your foam brush.  Set your photo on top of your canvas, matching up the sides as best as you can.
 
 
I turned my photo face down on a clean surface and then added some heavy books on top for pressure.  I left it like this to dry.
 

If your edges don't match up just right, you can turn your canvas face down on a cutting mat.  Use a craft knife or razor blade to cut the excess off, using the canvas edge as your guide.  Be sure you don't nick the edge of your canvas or you could slice it.  If you have to, you can go back and touch up the sides with your paint if you need to.


Now apply your Mod Podge onto the front and sides of your canvas photo.  Allow to dry completely.  The photo will look a little cloudy like mine does after applying the Mod Podge, but don't worry it does dry clear.  It actually adds a little texture which I think adds to the canvas effect.  I did add a second coat after it dried.


Your photo is now ready to hang.  The painted edges really give it a more finished look.  These are going to look great hung up on the wall.  My brother is a great Dad, and I'm sure he is going to be proud to have his boys adorning his walls.


I've had so much fun being part of this Handmaking the Holidays series.  Thanks to Chrissy for letting me apart of it.  It's been fun meeting and sharing ideas with all of the ladies.  Happy Holidays to everyone!



One Artsy Mama

24 comments:

  1. They turned out great Melissa, I am sure he is going to LOVE them! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  2. I've always wanted to have photo canvases, and now I can make my own! Thanks!

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  3. So nice! I wanted to ask whether you have to use a specific type of photo print? I've heard it has to be laser copied, on plain paper?
    thanks!
    Julie

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    1. I have had some smearing issues with an ink jet printer and Mod Podge. I had these pictures printed at Target and they were only about $3.50 for 8 x 10s. No smearing at all.

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  4. Now I want to try this, it looks so easy and what a great way to create your own!

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  5. Should they be printed on photo paper? Or regular printer paper?

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    1. I'm sure you could do either. Photo paper will make it more crisp looking though. You should know that if you print your own with an ink jet printer, you may have some issues with the ink smearing. You won't have that issue if you order your prints from Walmart or Walgreens.

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    2. Do you think it would work with a poster print printed from meijer?

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    3. I would think it would. The only issues I've had with the smearing has been with printing at home. I would love to try some poster sized prints! Good luck!

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  6. I made a few of these and instead of books to keep the bubbles and buckling to a minimum, I rolled them out with a rolling pin. I used a soft flannel pillow case over the rolling pin and it came out just as good as if I have put books on it! Just a thought!

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  7. I'll do it this week as a Valentine's day present! Once the books press the canvas and it is dried, do we add another coat of mod podge on top on the photo again?

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    1. Valentine's Day gifts are a great idea! Yes, I placed the books on the canvas after attaching the back of the photo to the canvas. After it was dried, I added a few separate coats of mod podge to the top of the photo.

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  8. The photos looks really wonderful. Thanks for the share.

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  9. Buon giorno from Italy,

    I have access to a photo printing machine, but I'm not sure what paper to use. Do you use the usual glossy type paper (akin to how photos came when you had to turn in the film and wait), or if this something different I should look for?

    Grazie in advance!

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  10. I was looking for a DIY canvas making ideas, and suddenly come across this post and found an easy diy photo onto canvas making tutorial, you did great work, these canvases are looking very nice, Little boy is so cute.

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  11. I also used glossy paper, very cool effect and great canvas photo tutorial. Try out printing photos on canvas across multiple pieces. Its a little more challenging, works best with landscapes and cityscapes.

    Canvas Photos

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  12. What kind of paint did you use to paint the canvas edges?

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    1. I just used a basic black craft paint that you can get for a dollar at any Walmart or craft store.

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  13. So easy and still so thoughtful and looks great too... Thanks for a wonderful post...
    Love

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  14. Ha

    I am going to try this. i have been printing on canvas but this is awesome
    Thanks for sharing this great idea. The results looks awesome

    thanks

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  15. Wow I might print some of myn up and have all my memories on a collage or something

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