Great for dorm rooms, first apartments, greek houses, or any other college housing, canvas photo prints are a beautiful and creative way to make art out of your favorite photographs. And it can be done with only four materials in 5 steps, what more can you want out of a summer craft?

What you need

A printed photograph

A canvas (the same size as your photograph, sold at your local craft store)

Matte Mod Podge (also sold at your local craft store)

Acrylic paint (in a dark color that compliments your photograph)

Step by step

  1. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the canvas surface with a thick brush, allow to dry completely. While it will go on milky-looking it will dry clear! This step is necessary for photo longevity.
  2. Measure out your photograph and make sure it gets as close to the edges of the canvas without going over. Trim it down with scissors if necessary.
  3. With a thick brush, apply a coat of Mod Podge over the photograph with clean, straight strokes in going in the same direction. Again it will look a little cloudy at first, but will dry clear!
  4. Let dry completely
  5. With an acrylic paint in a dark shade that compliments your photograph (for example, if it’s a black and white photograph choose black, if it’s a nature photograph choose a dark brown or green) sponge the edges of the canvas completely. Then sponge paint onto the edges of your photograph to blend it all together.

Let dry and voila!

What do you think?

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