My Pinterest Project #1: DIY Canvas Prints

Many of you know I’m an addict. A Pinterest addict. I’ve talked about it numerous times in my blogs, on Facebook and on Twitter. At first I was afraid it was going to be just another “time suck” I found on the internet. I was finding all these cool and amazing ideas…but in the end, would I ever actually do anything with them? The answer is yes.

It’s funny…years and years ago, I may have had a video game addiction thanks to my husband. I was convinced that by playing Tiger Woods Golf on PlayStation that I was actually a better golfer. I wasn’t. Well, by pinning all these amazing recipes and DIY crafts on Pinterest, I thought I was a very talented cook and crafter. I kind of am :)

So two days before Christmas (which is also my birthday…mark your calendars for 2012), I started panicking that I didn’t have gifts for a few people. These are people very close and important to me, but I just hadn’t found the perfect gift. So I decided to be crafty and make very personal gifts for each of them. This was a scary idea because to be honest, it left little room for failure.

I decided to make DIY canvas prints. I made four of them. One for my aunt and uncle, one for each set of my little ones’ great grandparents. I’d never done this before….I just saw it a few times on Pinterest and decided to give it a shot.


  • 8×10 canvases – $9 each
  • 8×10 printed photos
  • Mod Podge
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Adhesive spray


  • Choose a photograph that you want to use. For my aunt and uncle, I chose a beautiful picture of their dogs (one of which passed last summer). For one set of great-grandparents, I chose a picture of my parents and my daughters. For my grandparents, I chose a picture of their grandkids (5 of us) and a picture of their great-grandkids (3).


  • I decided to play with the pictures in Photoshop to give them a vintage feel. Click image/adjustments/desaturate. Then click image/adjustments/photo filter. I used a rust orange color (R 236, G 138, B 0), and selected the density to be about 40. But feel free to play with it, or leave it alone. Your choice. Save as a new jpg file.

  • I’m usually loyal to Shutterfly and get all my photo gifts through them. But with less than 24 hours before I needed these gifts, and with my photo printer out of ink, I needed to find another option. CVS came through in a pinch. I uploaded my pictures to the CVS website, selected my local store for pick-up and they were done in less than 3 hours. It was great…and cheap too. I think $3-4 for an 8×10. They even sent me an email when the pics were done and ready to be picked up.
  • Now it was time to get messy. Make sure to cover your work surface.
  • Using the black acrylic paint, paint the sides of the canvas and a border around the top as well. One coat was sufficient. Let dry.

  • Trim your photo a bit with scissors. I trimmed about 1/8″ on each side. One photo I trimmed to almost look panoramic. Your choice. Have fun with it.
  • Spray the back of your photo with adhesive spray and mount the photo onto the canvas. The adhesive I used is VERY sticky and dries VERY quickly. You have to move fast.
  • Take the black paint and paint around the edges in a random fashion. This further gives an illusion of a vintage/worn picture. It is not supposed to be perfect.

  • Allow to dry and set.
  • Using a bristle brush, apply the Mod Podge over the entire canvas. The brush’s bristles will help to create that “canvas” effect you want. When you first paint it on, it appears cloudy, but it will dry clear

  • Allow to dry.
That’s it. You are done. The picture below does not do it justice. It’s hard to capture just how the Mod Podge dries to look like canvas and how vintage-y the pictures look.

I was so happy with the final outcome of these DIY canvas prints and will be sure to make many more of these for gifts in the near future.

Have you tried any DIY projects you’ve seen on Pinterest?

7 thoughts on “My Pinterest Project #1: DIY Canvas Prints

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  3. Thanks for laying out the steps in an easy-to-follow manner. I have several professionally done canvas prints ($$$), so I’m definitely going to try this!

  4. I love the way you did these photos they are beautiful. I have dont the same thing only with the $1.00 peice of decorative 6″x4″ wood from Michaels but I like yours much more. I never thought of using a canvas for photos. I’m going to use one the next time I make them. I love the DIY stuff I have all ways made things from scratch for gifts my family is big on that. Any body can be a DIYer all they have to do is try.

  5. I am wondering if the mod podge will allow permanent marker to be used over it? I was thinking of making a canvas for my daughters graduation open house and allowing people to sign it and write messages but wonder if marker would write on it……

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