I have several photo canvases in my house that I have purchased for family photographs and although I did get a deal, they still were not super cheap. Recently, through MUCH trial and error, I discovered how to easily make your own photo canvas.
Originally, I was going to link to a blog post someone else did that would show you how to do this correctly however, as it turns out, all the blog posts I was reading on the topic were very difficult and the ones I tried were horrible looking. I'm sure this method below has also been posted somewhere but I just wanted to share what worked for me so you can do it right the first time and not the third or fourth time which was my case.
8x10 Canvas (You can buy 2 in a package for $3.99 at Hobby Lobby. Don't forget your coupon!)
White Cardstock Paper (For printing the picture)
Directions: Here's the hard part....first, you print your picture onto the cardstock. Then, you put a little Mod Podge on the back of the picture (so it sticks) and then cover the picture in Mod Podge making sure every corner is glued down. Remember, it dries clear so you're good with covering up the photo. Then, use a towel to push out the bubbles. You can also use spray adhesive to stick the picture to the canvas if you have a hard time. BAM! That's it. Difficult, right? No way!
This method worked great for me and it was quick and easy. Just make sure when you print your photo that the printer settings are set on color & best quality.
I wish I would have taken pictures of the mistakes...it was BAD. First, one blogger said to print the photo on tissue paper. Let me just say, don't do that. I spent literally 2 hours trying to get the tissue paper out of my printer. I had to take the printer a part then put the whole thing back together again. It was not fun. Use paper instead.
You can also use paint and paint the sides of the canvas to match the color scheme. Just be sure to do that BEFORE you glue your picture, that way it all looks seamless. Easy peasy. Enjoy!
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