DIY Canvas Prints

posted on May 28, 2012 by  |  posted under Decorating, Do It Yourself

DIY wrapped canvas print

I LOVE the look of canvas prints…but, I haven’t been able to persuade my frugal little self to actually pay for them. Then, along came this idea. It was inspired by my super crafty sister in law. She’s amazing, really.  And after seeing what she did with her family photos…I thought to myself : “I wonder if you could wrap your own photos onto canvas?“….turns out…YOU CAN!!!

diy canvas print

Here is what you will need:

CANVAS  2″ smaller on each side than your actual photo. For example: my print is an 11×14 and my canvas is a 9×12. (So if you wanted a 10×10 canvas you would print a 12×12 photo)

PHOTO 2″ larger on each side than your canvas. Be sure that your photo is printed primo quality. Seriously, it makes a difference. I get mine printed at The Imaging Depot…they are awesome!

WOOD GLUE (make sure it’s the white wood glue…NOT the yellow stuff!!)

TEXTURE CREAM or CR TEXTURE COATING  If you are in Utah (SLC area) you can go in and purchase a 6oz jar of texture cream for $8.95 at The Wood Connection. Or, you can go online & order 1 quart of the cream technically called CR Texture Coating  at for $15.90. (FYI: one 6oz jar will cover approx. a dozen 12×12 surfaces)

FOAM ROLLER I have used two different kinds of rollers for my canvas’s. A craft roller will give you more of a rough texture and the roller pictured here (I bought it at Lowes) gives a tighter more even texture…I like this look/texture best.

STAPLER any old stapler will do…just a good old home/office use stapler



Squeeze the wood glue onto the canvas. Make sure you get a good even coat of glue on there. But not too much…it will bubble your picture. Use your paintbrush to smooth it out.

diy canvas print

Be sure to go all the way to the edge of the canvas with the glue.

diy canvas print

Next, lay your photo face down on your working surface (make sure the surface is wiped clean).  Place your canvas (glue side) down onto the backside of your photo. Center it on all sides.

diy canvas print

Grab a credit card or squeegee and smooth it out. Start in the center and work your way to the edges. Work out any air pockets.

diy canvas print

This is a bit tricky…try to squeegee your way  to the edge. Work your way under the frame, all the way around. Then, turn it over and make sure you can see a smooth surface. Let that dry for at least an hour.

diy canvas print

After your top surface wood glue is dry, you can start to fold your photo around the edges and make your crease marks like this:

diy canvas print

Next, take your scissors and make your cuts on each corner. (Later on, you are going to wrap your corners and then fold.)

diy canvas print

You want the edge of the wrapped flap piece to sit flush with the top edge of your canvas…like this:

diy canvas print

Squeeze glue onto the edges of the canvas…spread it out evenly with the paint brush. (note: glue one side at a time…then wrap and staple…then glue the next side, wrap and staple…etc.)

diy canvas print

diy canvas print

Start in the center and fold the photo over the edge of the frame.

diy canvas print

Grab your trusty stapler and staple the photo in place. Staple every inch or so until your first side is done. Then move on to the opposite side.

diy canvas print

It should look similar to this:

diy canvas print

Now for the corners. When you are gluing your two final edges, make sure you put glue under and on top of the corner flaps you are going to wrap. After they are glued down, wrap the photo and staple it down.

diy canvas print

Here’s the fun part! The cream!!

diy canvas print

Lay down something to protect your work surface and be careful not to get this cream on your skin.

Spoon the cream onto your photo wrapped canvas. Grab your roller and start rolling it out. To ensure that you have the right amount of cream on your photo, start with a spoonful and if you need more add it a little at a time. Roll it out until it looks even.

diy canvas print

Don’t forget the edges! It will look similar to  this, a little milky…but don’t worry…it dries clear.

diy canvas print

It takes a while to dry so put it somewhere safe for a good 12 hours.

I LOVE how these turned out! They look like the real deal…for a fraction of the cost!  Have fun making your own, and with all the money you will save, you can justify buying yourself a new pair of shoes!! :)

diy canvas print

 diy canvas print

Happy Canvasing!!

diy canvas print

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  1. May 28th, 2012 at 5:29 am
    Heather Lynne says:
  2. May 28th, 2012 at 6:45 am
    jessica says:
    Where do you get the texturizing cream at? Do you know what brand it is? It looks amazing!
    • May 29th, 2012 at 9:00 am
      Dawn says:
      In the beginning of the post there are a couple of links that will take you to where you can get the cream.
  3. May 28th, 2012 at 9:47 am
    Missy says:
    What a great idea! Those pictures of your kids are adorable. ;)
    • May 29th, 2012 at 9:05 am
      Dawn says:
      Thanks Missy!
  4. May 28th, 2012 at 8:59 pm
    alison@howdoesshe says:
    Dawn I love these. I've seen these up in your house and I think they are wonderful and look so professional. I thought that you had them done professionally! Thanks for sharing your secret and posting pics of your kids!!
    • May 29th, 2012 at 9:11 am
      Dawn says:
      Alison you are sweet! Thanks. Really, these canvas's are so fun to do! :)
  5. May 28th, 2012 at 10:34 pm
    Christina says:
    THANK YOU for this amazing idea. They turned out great. So much better than the framed photos. I want to thank you for the GREAT tutorial. I need pictures! Keep up the amazing work!
  6. May 28th, 2012 at 11:14 pm
    Shirsha says:
    This looks really awesome. I have put up pictures on canvas using ModPodge. But I never knew about texture coating - will have to see if I get it here.
  7. May 29th, 2012 at 11:07 am
    Krystalin says:
    could you use modpodge?
  8. May 29th, 2012 at 11:18 am
    Laura says:
    Why wood glue? Can something else substitute? And they look awesome! Thanks!
    • July 31st, 2012 at 1:01 pm
      Dawn says:
      Laura, I actually just tried Aleene's Tacky comes in a gold bottle. It works just as well...and it's easier to find! :)
  9. May 29th, 2012 at 11:30 am
    Edulina says:
    Hi, where can I get the texture cream for the photo. Does it sell under any other name? I am from Namibia and we find it difficult to buy all the stuff needed for creative ideas like this.
    • March 2nd, 2013 at 8:26 am
      Reuben says:
      I found a web site that seems to fit the bill quite nicely:
  10. May 29th, 2012 at 12:16 pm
    Gina says:
    Absolutely FABULOUS!!!!!!!!
  11. May 29th, 2012 at 12:27 pm
    Ann says:
    Did you have the photo printed on photo paper or canvas?
  12. May 29th, 2012 at 12:51 pm
    Evelyn says:
    Awesome! Can you please tell me what size photo I need for a 16x20 canvas? Thanks!
    • May 29th, 2012 at 1:33 pm
      Dawn says:
      Generally you would print an 18X22...but most photo places offer 18x24. So that is what you will use. If you are familiar with photoshop or something similar you could size your photo to 18x22 and then have it printed as an 18X24. There would just be a blank strip on each side of your actual photo...which wouldn't be seen after you wrap the edges onto the canvas. You'll also have a little more to play with when you are stapling!
  13. May 29th, 2012 at 1:13 pm
    Elsie says:
    I so have to do this! I always wanted a canvas print of a really close-up photo of my granddaughter's face when she was a baby and thanks to your wonderful tutorial I can now make one myself... eh, or try to do it.

    The canvasses of your kids are beautiful.
  14. May 29th, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    Kayla Arrowood says:
    Ohh wow... Gotta try this!!!! Thanks so much
  15. May 29th, 2012 at 2:37 pm
    Lynn says:
    Love this post. Can't wait to try it! Also love the canvas with the kind phrases on it... Will you share where you got that??
    • June 1st, 2012 at 9:34 am
      Dawn says:
      I found the subway art on pinterest...and just did it myself. But, you can purchase the vinyl lettering at Etsy from Design Divas wall art-Vinyl Lettering Decal - SUBWAY ART -Family rules
  16. May 29th, 2012 at 2:43 pm
    Kara says:
    I can't wait to try this! The last picture on this post...did you purchase the black with white text from someone on Etsy?
    • May 29th, 2012 at 2:59 pm
      Dawn says:
      nope...just copied someone on pinterest! It's a canvas...I put the vinyl lettering on it and then spray painted the entire thing black. After it's dry you pull the letters off. (I did the vinyl with my silhouette.)
  17. May 29th, 2012 at 3:22 pm
    nikki says:
    fantastic! thanks for sharing. i will have to give this a go :)
    this will be so cool for making our own gifts :)
  18. May 29th, 2012 at 6:55 pm
    Tanya says:
    I'm not sure I could pull off this project with such Patience to get the result that you achieved. Great result. Lovely photos of your boys.
    Tell me what is the source of the lovely positive words in the poster to thr left of your boys portraits? Did you make it yourself? Have you got a clearer photo of it or the URL where I could see it? Let me know. Thanks.
  19. May 29th, 2012 at 8:14 pm
    Debra says:
    This is so great.. Thanks for sharing and for the great step by step photos!
  20. May 30th, 2012 at 5:14 am
    Morgan @ A Bright Idea says:
    This is great, definitely going to try it!
  21. May 30th, 2012 at 12:10 pm
    Renee Givens says:
    I love the canvas picture and will give it a try. I would also like to know what the subway art in the picture says, it looks awesome. Thanks
  22. May 30th, 2012 at 12:23 pm
    Abba Bascara says:
    I looooove it. I will try this at home. Do you know if there are different types of canvas texture cream? Or have you tried any other ones?? Thanks for sharing!!
  23. May 30th, 2012 at 12:36 pm
    Rebekah says:
    OMG your photo canvas is AMAZING! You have totally inspired me! :) Quick question - I just checked out the links for the CR texture cream - which version of the cream did you use? Matte, semi-gloss, or high-gloss? Thanks so much for your help - your blog is fantastic!

    Thanks :)
    • June 1st, 2012 at 9:22 am
      Dawn says:
      I used the semi-gloss cream
  24. May 30th, 2012 at 7:04 pm
    Evelyn says:
    Love this idea. I wanted to pin it, but there is a problem when trying to include on Pinterest. Anyone else have this problem?
  25. May 30th, 2012 at 9:22 pm
    Linda says:
    Wow--this is absolutely awesome! I haven't come across a tutorial in a while that made me stop and read through the whole thing. I can't wait to try this--thanks!
  26. June 5th, 2012 at 4:10 pm
    Veronica Baxter says:
    So I'm confused on the primo prints. What does that mean? and is it just regular printing paper? Can i do it at walmart?
    • June 5th, 2012 at 8:28 pm
      Dawn says:
      Good quality photo paper works best. If you have had photos printed there and have been happy with the results...go for it.
  27. June 6th, 2012 at 4:57 am
    Pictures 2 Prints says:
    Wow they look great!! Great tips, thanks
  28. June 6th, 2012 at 6:03 am
    Tina says:
    so cool~ thanks for the how to info!!
  29. June 9th, 2012 at 2:40 pm
    Danielle says:
    Does it matter if your photo has a matte or glossy finish?
    • June 9th, 2012 at 7:53 pm
      Dawn says:
      Matte finish works the best
  30. July 30th, 2012 at 8:11 pm
    Deanna says:
    do you use regular photo paper for the photo enlargement?
    • July 31st, 2012 at 12:59 pm
      Dawn says:
      yes, regular photo paper works best!
  31. August 3rd, 2012 at 1:14 pm
    Lissa Marie says:
    What an awesome project and it truly does look easy. I know others have asked but is there another medium you can use other than texture cream? I found it online at and was more than willing to pay the 15.90 but was so disappointed to find they wanted over 13.00 for shipping :( I'm going to search my local are and maybe I'll get lucky and find it!
  32. August 9th, 2012 at 7:10 pm
    Carrie says:
    I love this idea, however, I went to the website and since I live in Canada the shipping will cost me 24.00!!!

    Can you recommend another medium for the glue (like modge podge or anything else) or would craft stores like Michaels carry the glue??
    • September 16th, 2012 at 4:05 pm
      Dawn says:
      Yikes! Bummer that shipping is so high for you in Canada!! Michaels doesn't carry the canvas glue. I haven't tried modge podge. You could try rolling it onto a picture and see how it dries. Worth a shot, especially if it saves you $$! Good Luck :)
    • January 13th, 2013 at 4:56 pm
      Denise says:
      Did you end up use mod podge and did it come out good
  33. August 14th, 2012 at 6:56 pm
    Heidi says:
    just wondering if it matters if the base of the photo is canvas or not? i've seen these projects done with wood base and other things... so does the glue do all the work in making the print look like canvas? or is does it work together with the canvas base to give the look? just wondering if it can be done either way?
    • September 16th, 2012 at 3:48 pm
      Dawn says:
      Heidi, you can use wood. Depending on what kind of wood you use, you might have to use a craft stapler to staple the picture down after you wrap it. Also, it would be a little heavier to hang on the wall. Totally do-able though!
  34. September 4th, 2012 at 11:21 am
    Jackye says:
    What are primo prints?
    • September 14th, 2012 at 8:44 am
      Nancy Eha says:
      Awesome! What type of paper and service from The Image Depot are you using to get great photos that you can put on canvas?

      Thanks in advance!
      • September 16th, 2012 at 3:59 pm
        Dawn says:
        Primo prints are just good quality premium photo prints. The Imaging Depot is a local printing company here in Northern Utah that I LOVE!! I have used prints from Costco and they work great too!
  35. September 11th, 2012 at 1:55 pm
    Amy says:
    Saw this post on Pinterest, thought those boys looked familiar. Nice work Dawn!
    • September 16th, 2012 at 4:00 pm
      Dawn says:
      Hi Amy!! Thanks!
  36. September 15th, 2012 at 7:30 pm
    Terri says:
    Loved the tutorial. Definitely will be using it this holiday season. Thanks so much.
  37. September 17th, 2012 at 10:00 pm
    Cassie says:
    Your canvasing editorial was so inspirational. I've been looking and searching a way to do this with a favorite picture of mine. Thanks. Your blog is awesome.
  38. October 7th, 2012 at 5:55 am
    Jenny says:
    I just ordered the texture cream, and I CAN'T WAIT to make this!! Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial. I know what everyone is getting for Christmas!
    • November 16th, 2012 at 3:34 pm
      Sheri Jefferis says:
      Where did you order it? All I can find is the quart and it is expensive to have shipped to me :)
  39. October 8th, 2012 at 12:54 pm
    jaz says:
    does it matter what kind of wood glue?
    • October 9th, 2012 at 8:57 pm
      Dawn says:
      The white wood glue is what I used. The yellow wood glue might discolor your picture. I have also used Aleene's Tacky Glue and it works just as well.
  40. October 9th, 2012 at 6:19 pm
    Charmaine Konoski says:
    printed primo quality??? I'm not sure what do you mean by that? Matte (Luster) or
    Glossy or Pearl or Deep Matte??? I'm not sure which one to pick one. Please help me out... I dying to make canvas of my photos work...
    • October 9th, 2012 at 8:59 pm
      Dawn says:
      Primo prints are just good quality prints. I used the matte(luster) finish photos.
  41. October 15th, 2012 at 1:45 pm
    T. Murray says:
    OMG You are awesome!! Just the thought of knowing that there is a site out there that is willing to help others, especially those of us who are craft challenged, is amazing!!
    Thank you!!
  42. November 4th, 2012 at 4:07 pm
    julie says:
    for the cr texture coating is it matte, hi gloss, semi gloss, matte extra scratch resistant?
    • November 8th, 2012 at 1:09 pm
      Dawn says:
      semi gloss
  43. November 5th, 2012 at 12:14 pm
    Danielle says:
    I see that you said to order a photo two inches larger than the canvas. I'm having a hard time finding someone who will print an 18x22 photo for a 16x20 canvas same problem if I were to downsize. Any suggestions? I've tried Walgreens Walmart and Costco.
    • November 8th, 2012 at 1:08 pm
      Dawn says:
      Danielle, you would just print a 18x24 photo. Depending on your picture, if the main subject is not near the edges you should be will just have a bit of excess around the edges of the long side. Or, if you have access to photoshop you can format your picture onto a 18x24 sheet but your actual photo would only be 18x22. Which would mean that you would have a blank strip on each side of the photo when you have it printed. When you wrap the photo the blank sides will be hidden on the back of the canvas. Hope that makes sense! I did this with a friends family photo and it worked out great!
  44. November 8th, 2012 at 10:32 am
    leslie gonzalez says:
    This is awesome!!! Can i use mod podge for the cream? Thanks!
    • November 12th, 2012 at 8:46 pm
      Dawn says:
      I haven't tried mod podge. Im sure it would probably might get a slightly different texture and finish. Try testing it out on a small picture first, definitely worth a try!
  45. November 15th, 2012 at 12:41 am
    Janell says:
    Can mod podge be used in place of the texture cream? I love how these turned out! They are beautiful. I am definitely gonna give it a go but just wanted to know if you have tried the mod podge. I have about a gallon of that stuff on hand at any given time, I figure it would save me money & time if it works but don't want to waste the money on high quality printed pics testing it! I'm hoping someone already did that for me. :) Thanks so much for the post. Great work! Make your day fabulous!!
    • February 1st, 2013 at 5:48 pm
      REBECCA says:
  46. November 16th, 2012 at 3:31 pm
    Sheri Jefferis says:
    Can't find the Texture Cream in anything but a quart!?!?! Help
  47. November 23rd, 2012 at 6:30 pm
    B Stroman says:
    I did three 16x20s today and they turned out great. Thank you very much for clear and detailed directions!
  48. November 28th, 2012 at 12:16 pm
    Kathy says:
    Dawn - What type of vinyl letters did you use when you spray painted the canvas black to create the sayings?
  49. December 7th, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    Courtney says:
    I love this! But was wondering what would happen if you use the yellow wood glue instead of the white. I already had 2 bottles of the yellow and the 3 stores I've been too didn't have any in white.
    • December 9th, 2012 at 9:25 pm
      Dawn says:
      The white wood glue is what I used. The yellow wood glue might discolor your picture. I have also used Aleene’s Tacky Glue and it works just as well.
  50. December 9th, 2012 at 7:17 pm
    sally says:
    i was wondering what this texture cream felt like. does it make it feel like canvas too?
    • December 9th, 2012 at 9:29 pm
      Dawn says:
      It gives the pictures a texture similar to canvas. The texture will vary depending on what you use to apply the cream.
  51. December 17th, 2012 at 7:52 pm
    Shawnie says:
    Hi Dawn!

    Love your canvas print tutorial! I am going to make them for the whole family for Christmas this year! Starting a little late so wish me luck! I wanted to ask you about the texture coating though. I went to the website you recommended and wasnt sure if I should order matte or semi gloss. Any suggestions?

    • December 18th, 2012 at 9:36 am
      dawn says:
      Thank you Shawnie! I used semi gloss.
  52. December 18th, 2012 at 5:17 pm
    Carrie says:
    These turned out sooo good! I love them. I made them for Christmas gifts for family and they turned out great. Thanks for the step by step instructions.
  53. December 31st, 2012 at 12:40 pm
    Ysabel says:
    Do you think spray adhesive or mod podge would work in place of wood glue? I've seen alot of variations to this same kind of thing, just wanted to know your thoughts.
  54. January 6th, 2013 at 8:26 pm
    launa Vasquez says:
    Just wondering where you get the texture cream from? dying to try this project!
  55. January 18th, 2013 at 2:51 pm
    Hollie says:
    I absolutely adore this idea!! I was going to ask, how long does it generally take for the texture coating to turn clear? Mine's been painted with the paste for about 5 hours and is still white (although I did read you say it takes 12 hours to dry fully). I have seen online that some texture pastes dry white, and some dry clear, so I am hoping mine is not a white one, LOL! But if it stays white I plan to put many more photos onto canvas this way, as it looks so fabulous and saves a ton of money :D Thank you for sharing!!
  56. January 18th, 2013 at 8:41 pm
    abigail t says:
    HEY! this is so cool! im doing this for a photography project but I was wondering if itll turn out ok if I don't use the texture cream ?
  57. February 1st, 2013 at 5:44 pm
    REBECCA says:
    • February 15th, 2013 at 2:09 pm
      MaryB says:
      Yes, Mod Podge works! Another site showed directions for making canvas prints with Mod Podge. Tried a small canvas photo as an experiment. Used 3 coats and looks great. Going to make 2 larger canvas prints next. Used glossy photo paper, no problem, even tho matte photo paper is suggested.
  58. February 20th, 2013 at 10:31 am
    Jenna says:
    Hi Dawn! You are awesome! What kind of CR Texture Cream did you get? Hi Gloss?
  59. February 20th, 2013 at 1:28 pm
    Jenna says:
    Oh also, do you get the gallery wrap canvas at the image depot?
  60. February 27th, 2013 at 10:31 pm
    saydee says:
    Have you done bigger canvases before or known anyone too? I want to do the bigger ones. Do you think it'd work as well? Thanks!
  61. March 1st, 2013 at 10:30 pm
    Tianna says:
    I was wondering if the texturing cream would make it really difficult to write on? I am planning on doing a diy canvas print as a guestbook for my wedding. However it it is a super rough surface than it won't be easy for the guests to sign.

    • March 27th, 2013 at 8:30 am
      Dawn says:
      Tianna, the surface does have a texture. You could try writing on it, but I am thinking that it wouldn't be smooth enough to make the writing look good and be legible.
  62. March 22nd, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    Darlene says:
    Hi Dawn, Thanks for posting this, unfortunately I tried it and the paper crinkled any suggestions?
    • March 27th, 2013 at 8:25 am
      Dawn says:
      Darlene, what kind of paper did you use? If you use a high quality thick photo paper it should work out great. Good luck! :)
  63. April 9th, 2013 at 9:33 am
    Emily says:
    Hi Dawn,

    Thanks for sharing this project. I am making 12 of these for my sons first birthday party, one for each month. Unfortunately I realized after starting a 4x4 size is a little tought to work with :( I have not been able to ceneter all the photos because too much of the main picture gets cut off but I'm looking forward to making bigger ones. Do you have any tips for getting the staples in flat and straight. My stapler keeps slipping...
    • April 9th, 2013 at 9:24 pm
      Dawn says:
      If you come in off the back edge of the canvas about 1/4 inch with your stapler you should be fine! What a great idea to do a canvas for each of the first 12 months! Darling!
  64. May 17th, 2013 at 2:22 pm
    Becka says:
    Thanks for posting! Do I need to have a backing to glue the picture to beforehand? I asked my husband to just make me frames, but he pointed out that you actually glued the pictures to actual fabric. Just wondering if we could glue and staple the pictures to the stand alone frames and then put the texture cream over it to get the textured look? My husband thinks it wont have the same effect??
    • May 22nd, 2013 at 3:57 pm
      Dawn says:
      Becka, I haven't ever tried it this way...however I think it would work. They won't be as thick as the canvas' maybe not as strong but it's definitely worth a shot! ...and it will be a bit cheaper too!! :)
  65. June 7th, 2013 at 8:54 pm
    Amy says:
    Will you please share the text on the canvas with your sweet boys? The words seem to be very inspiring.
    Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing.
    • July 17th, 2013 at 3:35 pm
      Dawn says:
      Thank you! I found the words for my canvas on pinterest... here is the link:
  66. July 14th, 2013 at 8:51 am
    Carrie says:
    Just wondering... If they dry and you see little splotches or it looks uneven can you do another coat? Or is it ruined? I made a ton of these at Christmas for family and they turned out awesome. Last night I made a bunch for our house and some don't look even. It may have been my roller because it wasn't turning as well. Ideas?
    • July 15th, 2013 at 8:29 am
      Dawn says:
      Carrie, I think a thin coat would be fine. I would wait until the first coat is good and dry though. :)
  67. July 14th, 2013 at 11:58 am
    Tiffany says:
    Michael's now carries a white texture paint. Do you know if it dries clear and works to give the picture the canvas look?
    • July 15th, 2013 at 8:31 am
      Dawn says:
      This is great news!! I haven't seen it yet. It should say on the bottle how it dries. Maybe try googling it and see if you can get some specs on it.
  68. July 24th, 2013 at 12:10 pm
    NIcole says:
    What is the difference between texture cream and matte mod podge?
  69. July 27th, 2013 at 12:37 pm
    Jenn says:
    Hi Dawn, thank you for sharing. I cannot wait to try it. I was wondering if you could please post the words on the canvas next to the pictures of the boys.
    • August 1st, 2013 at 10:56 pm
      Dawn says:
      I found the words for my canvas on pinterest... here is the link:
  70. July 28th, 2013 at 10:33 am
    Jackie says:
    I can't quite read all the words on your subway art. can you post them, a pic of them or the link where you purchased it? thanks!
    • August 1st, 2013 at 10:57 pm
      Dawn says:
      The words for my canvas subway art is on pinterest... here is the link: Thank you!!
  71. July 30th, 2013 at 10:49 pm
    Heidi says:
    HI! This is the BEST photo canvas tutorial I've seen! I LOVE this!! Thank you for sharing!!
    • July 31st, 2013 at 5:53 pm
      Dawn says:
      Thank You Heidi!
      • August 1st, 2013 at 3:24 pm
        SAM says:
        Hi Dawn!
        Thank you so much for sharing! This is a really great and easy project to do! I just have one really important question, i'm making this a gift for my mom and I need to start it ASAP, but i'm afraid the texture cream will arrive too late, so could I use modpodge, since it is a lot easier to find?
        • August 1st, 2013 at 10:55 pm
          Dawn says:
          I have not tried modpodge yet...but, I know there a a lot whho have and they have been happy with the results! :)
  72. August 2nd, 2013 at 12:33 pm
    Jessica says:
    Dawn, do you know the name of the roller you purchased at Lowes? I used a cheap craft roller from Wal-mart and its very uneven. Any suggestions for a good roller from anyone? Things you used that turned out well?
  73. August 30th, 2013 at 3:01 pm
    Shanon says:
    I'm just wondering, did you have your picture printed with a matte finish or glossy?
    • September 19th, 2013 at 8:48 am
      Dawn says:
      Matte finish
  74. September 15th, 2013 at 6:35 pm
    laura@printing-instagram says:
    Hey, My name is Laura and I blog about tips for displaying printed Instagram photos. I have been doing lots of looking around to find unique photo display ideas and I just want to let you know I love this idea! I love seeing the crafty ideas that people create to display their photos! Thank you for sharing.
  75. September 17th, 2013 at 4:51 am
    Dianne Moore says:
    What is primo quality?...Is that a certain type of photo paper? I don't have a Imaging depot in my area, so can I get this "primo quality" from anywhere else?
    • September 19th, 2013 at 8:47 am
      Dawn says:
      Any high quality print will work :)
  76. September 23rd, 2013 at 1:44 pm
    Mrs. Bee says:
    This is very lovely and brilliant I might add.
  77. September 23rd, 2013 at 9:09 pm
    Heather Arts says:
    Hi Dawn,

    What sizes are the canvas photos of the two boys and the subway art canvas?
    I'm trying to use similar sizes. They look great!
    Thanks in advance!
    • September 27th, 2013 at 12:15 pm
      Dawn says:
      The pictures of the boys are printed as 12x12 and then applied to 10x10 canvases. The Subway art is 16x20.
  78. September 30th, 2013 at 7:53 am
    Sarah says:
    Thank you for posting this! I am trying to make our house into a home and have TONS of photos :-) I was wondering if you would tell me what your "House Rules" sign says. Love that so much and want to make one. Could you include a tutuorial for that?
  79. October 3rd, 2013 at 2:26 pm
    Tabassum says:
    Hi Dawn, I just love your canvas project. I trying to make a canvas with photo as a gift for my husband in his birthday. Can I make this project of the photo is printed as a poster? actually I went to walmart & they don't have more than 8 inch/10 inch. So I decided to make the canvas on a poster printed photo. Will that work? Please let me know at your earliest convenience. thanks in advance. :)
    • October 5th, 2013 at 10:06 am
      Dawn says:
      Generally the poster paper will bubble. If the poster paper is thivk you may be okay. If you do try it, make sure you let the glue dry really well for at least a full day before you add the cream to the top. If you have access to a photo printing store (for a larger photo print) I would probably go that route before attempting the poster paper. Let us know how it turns out! :)
  80. October 10th, 2013 at 9:03 am
    Emily B says:
    Can you use matte mod podge instead of texture cream?
    • October 10th, 2013 at 11:52 am
      Dawn says:
      Yes, you can. It dries a little differently than the texture cream but the finished product looks great with the roll-on texture of the mod podge.
  81. November 11th, 2013 at 10:45 am
    dawn jungewaelter says:
    I was wondering if you have ever used decals on a canvas? I want to make a canvas with a quote on it but I am terrible and painting letters please help Thanks
  82. November 13th, 2013 at 8:40 am
    Kathy says:
    Great job! Does the finished photo look "grainy" or "blotchy?" It appears to I your pictures. It looks like little dots are on the photo. Can you "smooth out" the glue so you done have those dots? Or can you comb it or use different textures? Have you tried this? Would be glad to hear about how you do this.
    • November 14th, 2013 at 3:35 pm
      Dawn says:
      I have used a paint brush, a foam roller and a a craft sponge. The smoothest texture will be with a foam roller. The more dense your foam roller is, the less noticeable your texture will be.
  83. November 23rd, 2013 at 9:52 am
    Darlene says:
    Have you ever tried this with a poster on paper? I have a poster I want to try this with.
  84. December 17th, 2013 at 2:24 pm
    Victoria says:
    So if I had a 12x12 canvas, would a 11x14 photo be good?

    Love this, yours came out amazing. Majority of my Christmas gifts will be these thanks to your awesome idea and instructions!
  85. December 18th, 2013 at 7:39 pm
    Lisa S. says:
    Make sure that you let people know that the texture cream can not be shipped in cold weather as it is a no freeze/thaw product. I was not aware of this and I had wanted to use this for a Christmas present. They really should mention it on the website because now I don't have the gift that I wanted to give my Father. Very disappointed.
  86. January 20th, 2014 at 12:51 pm
    Marlene says:
    Hi Dawn - Can I glue paper letters to canvas using mod podge?
    • January 21st, 2014 at 9:26 am
      Dawn says:
      Yes, you could glue letters onto the picture but I would be sure to do it before the cream dries.
  87. January 20th, 2014 at 5:52 pm
    Sandra says:
    I just used the matte mod podge to hold the photo to the canvas AND as the texture on top. It came out great! I'm very happy with it! Thank you for the tutorial :)
  88. February 12th, 2014 at 10:24 pm
    Bonnie Fulgham says:
    This is an excellent tutorial. I had never heard of the texture cream. I absolutely can't wait to try this. Thanks!
  89. February 28th, 2014 at 1:46 pm
    Patty says:
    Love the canvas pictures.
  90. March 4th, 2014 at 11:30 pm
    janet says:
    Hello. Brilliant idea and we have shared it for our members on FB. Craft on x
  91. April 7th, 2014 at 7:45 pm
    Joe S says:
    Wood glue is actually easy to find and is cheaper than the tacky glue. You get it in the hardware section or you can even buy it by the gallon at home depot
    • May 21st, 2014 at 9:29 am
      Dawn says:
      Thanks Joe! Just be sure to use the white wood glue as the yellow glue may discolor your picture.
  92. April 15th, 2014 at 8:06 am
    Dave says:
    Wow Dawn, exhaustive guide! It shows just how much there is to it really. They look really well made too :)
  93. May 15th, 2014 at 8:03 pm
    Hanna says:
    Great Idea, I was wondering what type of print works best? Matte or glossy or plain 20 lb paper? Thanks for the help!
    • May 21st, 2014 at 9:30 am
      Dawn says:
      The matte photo paper will work best.
  94. July 30th, 2014 at 6:37 pm
    Erin says:
    Hey Dawn,

    So glad to find a cheaper way of having canvas prints! How do you have the photo printed? I'll probably go to costco or Target or somewhere, so I'm just wondering what kind of settings I would want to use, in terms of gloss, matte, lustre, etc.?

    • July 31st, 2014 at 1:40 pm
      Dawn says:
      Hi Erin! I had mine printed with matte or lustre finish.
  95. August 21st, 2014 at 11:44 am
    nancy says:
    Perfect! I have the most gorgeous sunset that needs to be on the wall. Thanks for the instructions - and especially the printing site! That's the most important in my opinon. When it's finished, I'll make a post on my website and give you some love!
  96. September 11th, 2014 at 9:17 am
    kp says:
    I have a 24x36 poster that i would like to use for canvas prints.I dont see 22x34 canvas on michaels website.
    If i dont get 22x34 canvas then wat would be the next best size that i can use?
  97. September 13th, 2014 at 10:00 pm
    unique southwestern wall art and decor says:
    An alternative to four blocks is to have printed wall art panels.
    Additionally, vinyl wall art can be repositioned if needed so decorating is
    fun, not stressful. You don't have to spend a fortune to decorate your home.
  98. September 25th, 2014 at 8:11 am
    Ashley says:
    woah ! so creative !
  99. October 20th, 2014 at 9:40 am
    Ali says:
    What can be used in place of the texture cream? Will super PVA adhesive and sealant do the job?
  100. October 29th, 2014 at 4:55 pm
    Lisa says:
    Hi :) I just came across your site and I'm in love from this one post! I am planning on making some however I am having a hard time finding the texture cream. I am in Australia so the US sites that sell it want hundreds for shipping! What I have been able to find here is mod podge, which I know others have used with success. I have a couple of links, would you please be able to tell me which type would be best to use? Thank you :)
    • October 30th, 2014 at 7:57 am
      Dawn says:
      Lisa, the mod podge in the first link should work just fine! :)
  101. November 7th, 2014 at 11:32 pm
    Heather says:
    Love this! I've been procrastinating on looking up how to do this and I can't wait to try it out!
  102. November 25th, 2014 at 2:54 pm
    Laura says:
    Your project looks awesome! Got me want going this! So I went on website the one you give out. But I'm not sure which one to print the photo glossy/matte or canvas?

    Thank you
  103. November 29th, 2014 at 9:22 am
    Kimberly Walters says:
    I gave this a try and my photos dry with streaks. My photos are on a semi gloss and I print them on an HP printer. Could that be my problem? Have you heard of this problem before?
  104. December 19th, 2014 at 11:49 am
    Diane M. Wise says:
    Loved canvas photo diy!!!!
  105. December 28th, 2014 at 11:46 am
    Hector says:
    Hey, very nice! You just motivated me to try something I have been wanting to do with my big prints for a long time. Thanks for sharing and doing so with such great clarity.
  106. March 30th, 2015 at 12:15 pm
    Kaela says:
    Do you know where I can get the cream locally? I am in Canada. I dont want to purchase it online, I would love to know what store I could go to! Do you know if Walmart carries it? Or Michaels?
    • March 30th, 2015 at 12:17 pm
      Kaela says:
      Also do you recommend the matte, semi gloss or high gloss finish?
  107. June 15th, 2015 at 3:50 am
    Genericmav says:
    i saw some people are using mod podge for the coating, maybe can use as alternative for it
  108. June 18th, 2015 at 8:53 pm
    Jessica says:
    What kind of paper do the photos need to be printed on?
  109. September 24th, 2015 at 6:23 am
    janet says:
    i find this to be really easy to follow love it thank you
  110. June 1st, 2012 at 3:49 pm
    Evelyn says:
    Dawn...thank you so much for answering my question so fast:) Blessings!
  111. August 5th, 2012 at 6:26 pm
    Jenn @ Home is Where You Start From says:
    just wow! I've seen a few other diy's but yours looks like the most likely to succeed! Wow, you had great results! Thanks for this post :)
  112. December 30th, 2012 at 9:59 am
    Canvas Pictures says:
    that great !!!!
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