One of my all time favorite project ideas from Pinterest is making your own photo canvas. I LOVE photos and using them as home decor so this is the perfect project for me.
After doing this project several times and making some mistakes, I’ve found a method that works really well and looks more realistic.
Today I’ll show you how to do it!
DIY Realistic Photo Canvas
Photo and canvas of the same size
Black (or any color you choose) acrylic paint
Small foam paint brush
Mod Podge (matte version)
Small foam roller (like this one)
Now For The Project!
Months ago I printed out this Dated Design Wall Art as a picture (since I don’t have a color printer) so my picture for the project will look similar to this:
1) Paint the sides and part of the front of the canvas with black acrylic paint like you see in the picture below. Wait for the paint to fully dry. Honestly I’d wait until the next day to do the rest of the project to make sure the paint won’t bleed onto the photo.
2) Once the paint is fully dry, trim the edges of the photo so it will fit on the canvas.
3) Using the foam brush (not the roller) put a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the canvas. Place photo on top of wet Mod Podge. Gently press the photo down onto the canvas. This will glue the photo to the canvas.
4) Brush another thin layer of Mod Podge over the picture and sides of the canvas. It’s a little scary “painting” over a picture, but trust me it will dry clear. The wet Mod Podge on top of the picture will create a “milky” look like this:
5) After covering the whole picture and sides of the canvas, take the DRY foam roller and roll over the Mod Podge slowly to create a “matte” effect. Be careful not to create “bubbles” in the Mod Podge like this :
If you’ve got bubbles using the dry roller, you have too much Mod Podge on the picture and or the roller. Take a little off and try again. This is what it should look like wet; a little “texture” but no bubbles.
6) Set the canvas on a sheet of wax paper and let dry.
This is what my project looked like dry.
Then hang and enjoy!
Now it’s your turn. Do you use personal pictures for home decor?
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