DIY Photo Canvas

Hello people! I’m settled into my small apartment and L O V I N G it! One of the first projects I worked on was the gallery wall behind my sofa. It’s a work-in-progress and I intend to keep it that way – always evolving, photos changing, new art in and out.

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The photo canvases were really easy and inexpensive to create. I wanted to make them myself partly to save some $$ and partly because I liked the idea of having décor I could make-over and change-out in a year or so.

Wanna join me in the DIY Canvas Making Party? Here’s what you’ll need:


  • Canvases
  • Photos
  • Ruler
  • Pen/pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Gorilla glue
  • Oh yeah, and a stack of old, heavy books too! (not pictured)


I chose to go with 2 canvases sizes 11X14 and 8X10 that I picked up at my local craft store. When choosing and ordering photos keep in mind that you’ll have to order a size or two LARGER than your canvas face to be able to “wrap the canvas”, and also remember that the “wrapping” crops your photos. I ordered from Mpix because that’s my favorite photo service right now both for quality and for the many sizing options. For the 11X14 canvas – and with my canvas being about 5/8 inch deep – I ordered a 12X18 photo; that was cutting it too close for the top edge and that nearly gave the perfectionism in me a heart attack. It is not a noticeable mistake but next time I would order larger and give myself room to fudge. For the 8X10 canvas I ordered a 10X13 photo and was able to crop and size to fit my canvas perfectly.


1.)    Trace the canvas shape/size on the back of the photo



2.)    Next add a line that defines the canvas edge and canvas depth (for wrapping the photo)



3.)    Cut photo



4.)   Fold the edges – the ruler is helpful for this – so that the picture has the canvas shape



5.)    Glue one section at a time using gorilla glue. || By trial and error I learned that for larger canvases like the 11X14 it is better to adhere the main part of the picture to the canvas with tape, etc. because gorilla glue may occasionally cause some rippling. Your welcome for that bonus tip! 😉



6.)    Use heavy books (i.e. old encyclopedias) as heavyweights to hold the canvas and photo in place until the glue dries


What DIY projects have you been working on these days? If you are a blogger, or are working on a blog-inspired project, link it in the comments.




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