Love Photo Canvases? Here’s How to EASILY Make Your Own at Home…

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Love photo gifts and photo canvases?

Make your own photo canvases at home with this EASY and FUN method using Mod Podge decoupage and photo prints. This is my one of my all time favorite crafts and the result is a beautiful photo canvas you can keep for yourself or give away as a thoughtful personalized gift!

The supplies are inexpensive and easy to find as well!


DIY Photo Canvas

Supplies Needed:


  1. Start by cutting the photo to the same size as your canvas.
  2. Paint a layer of Mod Podge over the top of canvas and lay the photo on top, carefully smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles. Let dry.
  3. Paint two or three layers of Mod Podge over the top, making sure to let each layer dry in between.
  4. After completely dry, use a small piece of sand paper to gently smooth edges, if needed.
  5. Use craft paint around the sides of canvas. I use a small paint brush and add some brush marks to the sides for a more rustic look. (If your prefer, feel free to paint sides first then add photo and Mod Podge for a cleaner look.)
  6. Let dry and enjoy your photo canvas! That’s it… super easy!

I’ve made so many of these over the years and they still look great with no fading! My parents and in laws love getting photos of the grand-kids that they can proudly display! 😊


 Lina ( loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects. 
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Comments 31

  1. Emily

    These are so cute!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure and thanks Emily!

  2. Rachel

    What a great idea! Pair this when the drugstores offer their 8×10 prints for free for even more savings!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes! So true. Thanks Rachel!

  3. Elizabeth

    Thank you! What a great idea! You have a beautiful family!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      So sweet – thanks Elizabeth!

  4. Kate

    I did some about 5 years ago. They still look great!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great – thanks for sharing Kate!

  5. Jessica

    This is how i make mine and no one knows the difference 🙂

  6. april

    I def need to try this

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Have fun April!

  7. Amanda

    I use a blank canvas and press it on the wet mod podge to give the picture a textured look.

    • Megan

      Thanks for the tip! I love the idea but don’t care for the brush marks mod podge leaves!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I’m so trying that next time –thanks Amanda!

  8. Rebecca

    I use another blank canvas to stamp on top as well, really adds to the look

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Love it! Thanks Rebecca!

  9. Mary

    Thanks for sharing. I have been wanting try this.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure – enjoy Mary!

  10. Me

    Oooh, I love this idea but first I’ll create an artistic effect of my photos in PicsArt app like oil painting option, then develop the pic. And ill try to use brushstrokes retracing the image. I bet that will make it look so real. Thanks for the idea!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh smart idea! Have fun 😀

  11. Melissa

    Love easy crafts, thanks so much!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh sure! Enjoy 😉

  12. John

    I have done this and can’t seem to rid the finished product of brush marks. How can I not have brush stroke marks?

    • Nicole S

      Try using a stiff-ish foam roller (very fine kind of hard foam) over the mod podge.

  13. Donna

    Hello! Great idea. Can you use a picture printed on photo paper from an ink jet printer? Will I have to use a sealer first before putting on the mod podge?

  14. Veronica

    Hi!! I used regular picture paper..isn’t better to use a different paper??. And another glue it in canvas isn’t with Mod Podge too

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi you can use photo paper. I used the Mod Podge to glue the photo to the canvas.

  15. Mandisa

    I need help🤦🏽‍♀️ 1) should the picture be put on face side up? 2) is any water involved in doing this project? I try the canvas project where you add water and peel off the paper and it’s a disaster…. at this point I want to make a photo the simplest way

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes face side up. No water involved. Yes this way is much simpler. 👍

  16. dixiekaye tinsley

    I am sooo gonna try it. It sounds easy. I been wondering how to do this for sooo long. Thanks for posting this. I’m sooo excited. 😁

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      oh nice! It’s a fun project!

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