This scary canvas is sturdy, looks like a real painting, and cost me
less than my morning cup of coffee. It was extremely easy to do, gave me quality results and used supplies that most people already have on hand. This low-cost project went a long way with giving off a chillingly creepy ambiance.
Step 1: Supplies
The supplies for this project cost under $5 (and could potentially be
free). Bad art canvases are extremely easy to find. The one I used was from a "Wine and Design" gone wrong. It doesn't matter what is painted on it since we will be painting over it.
Step 2: Get Creepy
Use an image you took yourself, or do a quick Google Image Search for
something creepy. I looked up "Creepy Doll". Save the image as a .JPG file.
Step 3: Make Poster Size
Now that you have your image, go to a FREE poster making site. I used
Blockposter.com. Once you upload your image, you will choose how large to make the poster. For my canvas, I chose 2 pages x 2 pages but if you have a larger canvas this gives you the option to make your picture bigger. Since we will be painting the background black, it doesn't need to fit perfectly.
Step 4: Print
Print your poster. Depending on the poster-making site you used, you may
need to cut the white border off. Regular white paper is fine.
Step 5: Prep Canvas
Paint over the canvas with the black paint. One coat was all that was necessary for mine.
Step 6: Modge Podge
Using the Modge Podge and a brush (or even your fingers) glue the paper
that you printed to your canvas. Take your time lining it up so that it fits together seemlessly. Modge podge over the entire picture to give it a glossy, antique looking effect. Give extra attention to the "seems" and edges of the poster - I was very liberal with my modge podge.
Step 7: Final Product
Your final product will leave a creepy impression on all who see it. Talk about an easy, inexpensive, yet scary decoration!