DIY Photo Canvas

Hey there!  So, I have seen so many cool DIY photo canvas projects on Pinterest and I had to do one of my own!  My son is playing his first season of tackle football and I have taken a ton of pictures!  I thought he would love to show them off in his room so I came up with this!

It was so quick, easy and cheap!  I used scrap wood and only paid for the 8×10 prints!

I started with 2 pieces of scrap MDF that I cut down to 8 1/2 x 10 1/2.

I used a TON of wood glue to attach the 2 pieces together.

Next, I broke out the black acrylic paint and covered all four sides and a little onto the outside edges.

I printed out an 8×10 black and white, through, and attached it with a spray adhesive.

For the finishing touches, I used a stencil brush to dry brush the black acrylic onto the actual picture (all around the edges) and followed up with Modpodge, using the same dry brush technique for a textured, canvas-like, finish!

That was it!

I had to make several for him and he thinks they are pretty cool:)  I want to do more around the house!  I made 5 for about $10, after buying the saw tooth hangers and pictures.  I did use anchors when hanging these but they are not super heavy!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  • Pip

    Hi I love this idea 🙂 Have you printed the photos onto plain printer/copy paper, cardboard paper, poster paper or actual photo paper?
    Cant wait to try it out =) Thanks

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  • This is a wonderful idea for a boy’s room. I sure wish I’d known about it when my son was in high school and playing football. Love it!

    I featured you on Momcaster: 🙂

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  • Nancy

    print out paper or photo paper? 🙂 brilliant idea!! 🙂

    • Ashley

      Photo Paper although print out would work fine also! Thanks so much:)

      • Nancy

        thank you, Ashley! cant wait to try one!

  • Sandy Phillips

    I really love this! So much cheaper than canvas! How did you finish the edges to make them smooth?

  • Lindsay

    I love this. . . and am a TOTAL rookie!
    What exactly is a stencil bruch and how do you dry brush? Also, why did you glue 2 pieces of wood together?

    Thanks so much for the fun idea!! I’m going to follow your blog!

  • These are gorgeous! I’m so excited to try this project! We are having family photos done in a week, so I’ll have some to work with!!

  • Melissa Hamm

    I do a lot of projects with photos…this is AWESOME! Can’t wait to complete a set for myself. =)

  • Debbie

    What a great idea! Just found your site and love it! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

  • I am a brand new follower (I just discovered your site and I LOVE it!). I loved this project and wanted to let you know that I blogged about you both and your great website today on my blog I hope you’ll come check it out! ~Lori

  • Such great decor for a boys room! Love how masculine it is yet how meaningful! Awesome job, gals!

  • Jinny

    I love this idea…you are a genius! I was wondering what you would think they would look like as a sepia tone instead of black. I want to do something like this for my mom but she doesn’t use black in really anything. If I did sepia pictures what color do you think I should use for the wood and border? You are the expert so I would LOVE your thoughts! Thanks so much!

  • these are absolutely awesome! I’m dying to do this over our bed in our master bedroom! 🙂

  • Carla

    AWESOME! I’m so happy you posted this today! my son just finished soccer and I was trying to think of a nice, elegant & fun way to display some of his photos. Love the look & will be doing this project for him!! THANK YOU!!!!

  • nicole

    ADORABLE!!! I am going to do some of these for my son’s room he is obsessed with baseball and I have some great shots! thanks for another grea project

  • Liz

    What a great picture project! LOVE IT! What kind of Modpodge did you use? Did you brush it all over the entire picture? Sorry, I have never used Modpodge before, so kind of unsure of what it does.

    • Stephanie

      Yes you apply the modpodge all over the picture. Dont be larmed when you first use it. It is alarming you think your ruining your picture but than it will soone become your new best friend! 🙂

  • Great idea! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Love it! This very well may be my next project. Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Really cute and frugal idea. (:

  • Denise

    Great project!! Can’t wait to do it with Landon’s baseball pictures!!!!

  • How did you hang them? I have to know all the details as I am sorta kinda dense if you know what I mean.

  • Ashley, these are wonderful. How lovely!

  • This looks great! I bet your son is loving it. Pinning and stumbling.

  • Oh, I love this! I need to find a spot in my house for some of these!
    PS – Don’t waste your money on saw tooth hangers for small lighter projects like these. Hot glue + tab from soda can = instant picture hanger. I’ve been using them for years and have never had anything fall.

    • Carla


  • Great idea! Hmmm…could make good Christmas presents.

  • I love this idea! I am totally doing this for my son’s room and his sports pictures! Great idea Ashley!

  • Kim Worley

    LOVE THESE!! I will be doing this project this weekend!!! I have a wall that needs pics!!! Im excited!! You and Whitney are beyond blessed with creativity!! Hope youre doing well!! Love yall!

  • Nancy

    Those turned out great!! I see so many possibilities…!

  • Mel

    Really love this idea. Your site is the best and I am never disappointed when I visit your site. Thank you for sharing all you ideas.