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Hip2Save This Holiday: Homemade Photo Canvas

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Hip2Save This Holiday Guest Post Submitted By Reader Laura…

I am so excited to share this easy, cheap, and beautiful gift idea with your readers.  I love the look of the photo canvases you can buy, but they can be very expensive. Instead, I’ll show you how to get a similar look for a tiny fraction of the price!  You will be mounting a square photograph onto a square piece of wood, and then using Mod Podge to create a canvas-like texture over the top.

You will need a 12″x12″ photograph (can get printed at Costco for only $2.99), sandpaper, Mod Podge (buy at Michael’s or Joanne’s with a 40% off coupon), any paint color you want (used paint I already had), and a 12″x12″ wood square.

I bought a wood board that was 12″x 60″at Lowe’s that only cost $7.77, which will make 5 photo boards.  I had a worker there cut the board for me into 5 equal pieces, so that I ended up with 5 boards for 5 different photographs.  So it ended up costing me less than $5 per photo board, including the photos, which is a great price for a beautiful gift your family or friends will love!

First you need to sand the edges of the wood board, just to smooth it down a little.

Then paint the sides of your board.  I painted two coats.You can use any color of paint that you like.  The color you choose will be what is painted on the edges of the wood, so make sure to pick a color that complements your photo.  If you are giving this as a gift, I would recommend painting the back too.

Next, paint a layer of Mod Podge onto the top of your wood board. Then stick your photo down on the board and smooth it down.

Next comes the scary part!  Brush on a layer of Mod Podge on top of your photo.  It will look like you ruined it, and you’ll be wondering if you messed it up, but it will be okay!  The Mod Podge dries clear, and will look fine after a few minutes.

I used horizontal brush strokes for the first layer, and once that dried, I brushed on a second layer using vertical brush strokes.  This gave it a canvas-y look that I liked.  Just make sure you use full brush strokes straight across, to make it smooth.  Once the top dries, brush the sides with Mod Podge too.  You can see a little bit of the texture on the photographs that makes it look like canvas.

This project is so cheap, so easy, is very quick to make, and makes an amazing gift! :D


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