DIY: How to Make a Canvas Print


By Brynne Ramella. We all have loads of family photos laying around the house, right? If you don't have room for one more frame in your house, try creating a canvas print. It's a creative way to proudly and prominently display your photos throughout your house. The best thing is that you can easily make a canvas print yourself!

1) Gather your supplies. Here's what you need:

  • A canvas that is two inches smaller on each side than your photo
  • Your photo, which needs to be two inches larger on each side than your canvas
  • Wood glue that is white, not yellow
  • Texture cream or CR texture coating. Go into your local craft store if you need help finding this.
  • Foam roller
  • Stapler
  • Small paint brush
  • Scissors

2) Squeeze the wood glue onto your canvas. Get a nice even coat on your entire canvas. Use your paintbrush to smooth out the glue. Make sure there's not too much glue on the canvas, or your picture will bubble up.

3) Attach the photo to the canvas. Lay your photo face down on a hard, flat surface. Place the canvas (glue side down) onto the backside of your photo. Make sure it is centered on all sides. Starting from the center out, smooth out any air pockets. Try to even smooth out the canvas under the frame. Let it dry for an hour.

4) Fold over the edge of your photos. Once you are sure that the glue is dried, fold the edges of your photo over the backside of the canvas. You want to create some nice crease marks in your photo.

5) Cut the corners of your photo. Making sure your canvas is still face down, cut the corners of your photo. You want the edge of that cut to sit flush with your canvas. Working on one side at a time, apply an even layer of glue on each side of your canvas. Then wrap the photo onto the glued side of the canvas and staple to secure the photo in place. Repeat for every side. Be sure to glue, wrap and staple the corner flaps as you are working on your final two corners.

6) Apply the cream. Flip your canvas over so that the photo is facing up. Spoon a little of the cream onto your canvas and use your roller to spread an even layer across your photo. Apply as much cream as you need to create a thin, even layer across the photo. Make sure you get the edges, as well. The photo will look very milky once you complete the final step, but it will dry clear and beautiful!

Refer to this great article for photos to accompany the step-by-step process. Be sure to share your creations with us!