Mod Podge Canvas Photo DIY

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DIY Mod Podge Canvas Photo Art

Since I haven’t yet had a chance to get my own hands dirty since my getting back from my vacation, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share another project with you created by my coworker, Erica. She is – like many of us – on the fast track to becoming a bonified Pinterest addict, and is trying new craft projects she’s discovered on Pinterest on what is becoming a regular basis. You might recall the diy crayon canvas artwork she brought into the office recently or the pretty handmade tile coasters she made for me last Christmas. Her next project is going to be a diy pallet coffee table, however, just before I left for vacation she shared step-by-step photos of her newest project for making Mod Podge canvas photos – like the ones pictured above via a tutorial discovered on Pinterest from Aubut Family blog – so I could in turn share it with my readers.

How to Make DIY Mod Podge Canvas PhotosStep one is to gather your materials. You’ll need a canvas, a photograph, a foam brush, scissors, Mod Podge, clear acrylic sealer and some paint and/or decorative scrap book paper.

DIY Mod Podge Canvas Photographs

First she cut the photo she had chosen to use to fit her canvas. As she wanted a border around the front of the picture, she cut it slightly smaller than the canvas.

DIY Mod Podge Canvas Photos Inspired Via Pinterest - Step by Step Photo TutorialThen because Erica chose to use polka dot scrapbooking papers as a decorative edge for the side of her canvas photos, she then cut the paper into strips that fit along the edges of the canvas. Next, she used Mod Podge to glue the papers along the sides of the canvas by applying Mod Podge to the sides of the canvas, placing the papers, then brushing an additional layer of Mod Podge over the papers. (The parts along the edges left uncovered will be painted later on.)

Mod Podge Craft Project - DIY Mod Podge Photo CanvasesOnce the papers had been adhered to the sides, she then applied a layer of Mod Podge to the front of the canvas where the picture will be applied.

How to Make DIY Canvas Photos with Mod PodgeNext, she centered the photograph onto the front of canvas. Once she placed the photo onto the canvas she then brushed another layer of Mod Podge on top of the photograph.

Handmade Mod Podge Canvas Photograph DIYOnce the Mod Podge had dried, she simply brushed black paint around the edges of the photograph and the sides of the blank canvas that had been left exposed. (This can be neat or messy depending on your own personal look you’d like to achieve so don’t feel as if there is a right or wrong way!) Once the paint had dried, she sealed the photo canvas with a clear acrylic spray. (I’ve always used Plaid brand in matte or gloss.) Once your own canvas photo has completely dried, all that’s left is to display your masterpiece.

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  1. What a great project! I will have to find a nice photo I like to try this!

  2. how do you keep the ink on the photo from bleeding when you put the mod podge on??

  3. I think that’s y
    You are suppose to use matte pictures and not the glossy one!