Mod Podge Photos (On Canvas)


Without a doubt, this will be added as one of my top favorite project ideas from Pinterest!  It was the perfect craft for me because I take tons of photos and LOVE using them as home décor.  If your looking for a fun gift idea this would be perfect for those Grandparents, or even yourself!

20130710-110345.jpgWhat you will need:

Pre-stretched canvas
Paper cutter or scissors
Cute paper pre-cut to fit the sides of your canvas
Cute photo’s
Two (2) – Paint Brushes or Sponge Brushes
Wax Paper
Mod Podge in Matte
towel Acrylic/Craft Paint

20130710-174635.jpgApply a thin coat of mod podge to your entire canvas, sides included.


Have your strips ready? If not, cut them to fit on each canvas side while the Mod Podge is drying. My strips were 1/8 of a inch smaller that my measured sides.   Once Mod Podge is Dry, you will re-paint an additional thin layer on one side of your canvas.


Place your strip of paper along the edge of your canvas. Smooth it over with your fingers several times making sure no bubbles form. Repeat step 3 with all sides.  Your edges don’t have to meet up exactly together.  You can cover the exposed canvas with paint in a few more steps.  If you didn’t already tear off a large piece of wax paper, You will use the wax paper again in a few steps. Also pre-cut your photo 1/8 inch on each size so that there was no edge overlap.


Place the photo down onto wax paper and apply a good amount of mod podge to the back of your photo. The photo paper is thick enough that it won’t pucker or bubble at all.

20130710-174750.jpgTurn the photo over and smooth it onto your canvas.  You can cover the image with a soft towel to do the smoothing. Wait about 20 minutes for Mod Podge to dry.

20130710-174758.jpgMod Podge the front of the photo. It will look milky white, but remember it dries clear.

20130710-184637.jpgDry Brush (or sponge) Paint Application.  You can use any dry brush or sponge. Make sure the brush or sponge is DRY to get that vintage look. Dip the brush in a small amount of paint, and before you start to apply, wipe your sponge/brush on a paper plate or paper towel so you use a minimal amount. Then dab your sponge/brush along the edge repeatedly until it is as dark as you want.

20130710-215828.jpgThis is how mine turned out!


I used this one of the girls as a stand alone.

After your photo’s look complete, you will want them to dry fully over night.  Place your photo canvases face down on your wax paper onto a flat surface.  I also like to cover the back of my canvas with heavy books that will press my photo to the canvas even more overnight, this will helps minimize any bubbles or puckering.


What you will need for the Photo Hanging:

Mod Podged Photo’s on Canvas
Staple Gun


Put your canvases in order the way you want them to look on your wall. Also, decide how far apart you want them to be {1 inch, 2 inches…etc}. Multiply that number by 4. Measure your ribbon out to that length. Cut as many as you need for holding up canvases below. For three Canvases you will need four ribbons in this length.  Get your ribbon ready to staple.   I made a double fold on the ribbon strand to give the canvas more strength when holding up another photo canvas below.  Then staple your ribbon to your canvas.  For the top, determine how long you want it to be then cut double that length for extra strength.  Stretch your ribbon flat, and then fold it over to the other side and staple your ribbon.  Now you can hang your finished product!  I added a bow to the top of the ribbon by making a twist.  You can add your own flair to make it fun!  Enjoy your creation!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. maggiemaysgifts
    Jul 11, 2013 @ 02:00:23

    so so cute! love the vintage look!


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  3. victoria hatch
    Dec 15, 2014 @ 14:54:09

    How did you hang this to the wall? I was thinking of including hurcules hooks with our presant to the grandparents, but I’m worried it will show. These are amazing!!


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