Introduction: DYI Canvas Pictures

About: RN by night and Mommy by day to 2 wonderful little boys! Loves all things creative!

Don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on a large canvas print
of your family, a beautiful landscape, or favorite painting? I have the answer for you! With a little bit of Modge Podge and Texture Cream you can make any regular print look like it was printed professionally.

There are endless options to make your picture fit exactly what you want. I have used wood door trim to DIY my own frame. I have bought an 8x10 frame from Walmart. I have repurposed my Great-Grandmother’s makeup tray into a frame. I have also used a paper frame on canvas. For this Instructable I will show you how I create a craft paper frame on canvas.

Step 1: Supplies:

  • Photo you want to enhance (I usually print at Costco)
  • Modge Podge- there is matte or gloss depending on what you want (Here is a link, can be found at Walmart or Craft Stores)
  • Sponge Brush (Here is a link, can be found at Walmart or Craft Stores)
  • Texture Cream (Here is a link of where it can be found)
  • Foam Roller (Here is a link, this can be found at Walmart)
  • Canvas (Can be found at Walmart or Craft Stores)
  • Craft Pattern Paper

Step 2: Step 1: Prep Work

Measure the thickness of your canvas. Take the measurement
of that thickness and add 1-1½ inch. You will then cut out strips of your desired craft paper this measurement.

My canvas was ½ inch thick. I cut my strips to be 2 inches.

Two of the strips are to be the exact length of the canvas side, the other two strips should be ½ in longer on each end so that a nice corner can be made.

Step 3: Step 2: Creating the Border

Brush some Modge Podge along the side and around the front
and back where you will place the paper. Start with the edges of the canvas that have the strips that are the exact length. On the sides where you have a longer strip cut diagonal lines at the corners so that it will fold down nicely. Repeat until all sides are completed.

Step 4: Step 3: Placing the Picture

Trim your photo as needed. I ended up cutting off ½ inch of
each side of my photo to get the desired amount of border.

Put a layer of Modge Podge over the entire front of the Canvas and then place your picture. Firmly press the picture onto the canvas. To do this easily I place one hand on the back of the canvas while rubbing and pressing the front of the picture with my other hand.

Step 5: Step 4: Adding Texture

There are two ways to do this:

1. Using the Modge Podge, brush on a layer of glue on top of your picture. The Modge Podge glue will dry clearly and will leave a texture.

a. For a flat smooth look: Make straight lines to spread the Modge Podge evenly across the picture. Maintain the same direction throughout.

b. For a canvas texture look: Use the side of your sponge brush and sponge on the Modge Podge. The glue does not have to be thick to leave a texture.

Using the Texture Cream found at, place a dollop of cream in the center of your picture. With a foam paint roller, roll out cream until you reach your desired texture. Cream dries clear and leaves texture. (Note: A little bit of this Texture Cream goes a LONG way)

Step 6: Step 5: Finishing the Project

It’s not quite time to enjoy your finished project. Let it
dry overnight before donning your new masterpiece on the wall.

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