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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  1. Pip on August 17, 2013 at 12:15 am

    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

  2. Sher on June 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    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: 🙂

  3. Nancy on March 25, 2012 at 9:29 pm

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

    • Ashley on March 26, 2012 at 6:59 am

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

      • Nancy on March 26, 2012 at 10:54 am

        thank you, Ashley! cant wait to try one!

  4. Sandy Phillips on February 13, 2012 at 9:03 am

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

  5. Lindsay on January 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    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!

  6. Jen on January 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    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!!

  7. Melissa Hamm on December 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm

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

  8. Debbie on November 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm

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

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