Mod Podge Canvas Photo Prints

I had a bunch of new projects with my recent Laundry Room makeover and thought I would share an easy one with you today that’s cheap and quick to make… Mod Podge Canvas Photo Prints.

I gathered my supplies:

  • Photos printed on laser paper
  • Mod Podge
  • 8×10 inch canvas boards
  • Paint brushes or foam brushes
  • Scissors or exacto knife

Print your photos on normal printer laser paper, but do not trim out. Coat your 8×10 inch canvas boards in Mod Podge and center the printable on the board.

With the little bit of overlap, trim the corners back so you can fold around the back of the board. This way you’ll have clean edges when the project is complete.

Put an extra coat of Mod Podge across the front of the canvas for a protective top coat.

And that’s it! You have some great personal canvas prints of your favorite photos! You can also frame in a 8×10 inch frame if preferred or hang as is (I used double sided tape in my laundry room).

The paper will actually glue down pretty tight to the canvas. You’ll see a bit of the texture come through which gives it the impression that it was printed on canvas. Yep, but you’re getting the look for less!

Like the photography and live in the St. Louis area? Make sure you check out Kristine Lynn Photography! She’s absolutely amazing… as you can see!


  1. Stefany says

    Love the look on canvas! Great way to display those cute pics, and I really like the idea of putting them in the laundry room. Keep the great ideas coming!

  2. Mariella says

    Hi Erin,

    I love the work you did in the laundry room. And again, thank you for sharing,… I have a question…how to hang the canvas in the wall? I want to do something similar at my kids playroom… Also those canvas are something i can get at walmart? Or i am limited to michaels? Thank you soooooo much!

    • says

      Hi Mariella! I actually used double sided tape to stick these canvas prints up on the wall. Works really well… maybe a little too well cause I might have some trouble tearing them down someday :) WalMart does have some canvases in stock, but I don’t know if they are the thin ones like I used (which I prefer since they’re easier to wrap the paper around). Hope that helps!

  3. Joy says

    I just found this on Pinterest. I just did some with wallpaper samples and hung them over my bed. tip: i bought my canvases at the Dollar store..2 in a pack for 1.25 :) your daughter is verry prety and i woukld loove a “nice” laundry room ;)

  4. says

    Thanks for this – such a great, simple idea. I even have some Mod Podge in the closet! Glad I found your link on the Live Laugh Rowe party. :)

  5. says

    These are so pretty, and I love the photographs you chose. Thanks for the tutorial. I plan to make some, but I just need to decide where I can put them.

  6. alison says

    Where can I buy the canvas background? Is Michaels or Joanna crafts good places? I really love this idea and want to do this with photos of the sunrise and sell them

  7. Alison says

    I tried this using a photo printed on photo paper and instead of wrapping it around, I painted the sides with black acrylic paint and it came out so nice! I have seen some tutorials on how to transfer the photo to canvas using mod podge but I have tried a few times and it kept removing parts of the actual photo, so I decided it is not for me. Your idea is much much better. I also like the idea of wrapping the photo all the way around so I will be trying that later with regular copy paper. Since I don’t have a big printer, I get my prints done at Staples. They are very inexpensive; you can get an 18×24 color print on paper for around $2.00. Just a thought if you wish to go bigger than 8×10. Walmart does have some great canvases that are inexpensive and I like how they have flatter ones instead of the ones that are raised. Thanks again for an awesome tutorial! Have you tried to use the packing tape transfer? That is pretty great also, but I don’t think it comes out as nicely as your tutorial does.

    • says

      Wow, thanks Alison for the wonderful info! I don’t have a Staples near me, but I’ll have to try Walmart (as I’d really like to do some bigger canvas prints). I haven’t tried the packing tape transfer either. I’m a little afraid of a craft fail with that one :) Thanks again for your tips!!

  8. Bridgett says

    I am having issues with my ink from my picture running. I know it’s dry because I printed it 2 weeks ago. Did you have that problem?

    • says

      No, I didn’t have that problem. I used a foam brush and applied a pretty thick coat so it wouldn’t pull the ink from the paper. If your coats are too thin, you might be dragging the ink with the brush since it’s too sticky. Hope that helps!

  9. Kris says

    I had problems with my paper wrinkling, was I too impatient? That wouldn’t surprise me because I was SO anxious to get this done and see how it turned out. This was, by far, the easiest tutorial, and like everyone else has said, your daughter is adorable. Thanks for any insights!

      • Kris says

        Mine are pretty big, more like creases. Should I wait for the mod podge on the canvas to dry with the photo, then put the next layer on top? Thanks again.

      • Kris says

        Perhaps it’s just me. Maybe I’m using too much podge? Who knows. I’ll keep trying! I just did another and got the same wet-paper wrinkle/creases, but it surely must be something I’m doing that’s not quite right. Thanks for the advice!

  10. Melanie says

    What type of mod podge should I use for this project? I was just at Hobby Lobby and there was such a huge selection. I am new to crafting! lol I found this idea on Pintrest and am so excited to make Christmas gifts this year. Thanks for the help and insight.

    • Kris says

      I had the exact same problem today. I stared at the Podge section for at least 10 minutes before the women scoffing at me became unbearable. I picked up the Matte and Like I said in my post above, aside from what ever it is that I’m doing wrong to get these large wrinkles/creases, the photos look great. Good luck!

  11. says

    Hi, I am new at canvas painting and mod podge. How do you clean your sponge from the mod podge when you are done with your project? Great tutorial, thanks a lot. I am going to try it now.

  12. says

    Another question :) I printed two pictures from my computer on a regular paper. They are not very clear. If I apply them on the canvas, is it going to turn out good? Do I need to have a professional camera?

    • says

      You’ll need to start out with a high resolution (or clean & clear) image. You won’t need a professional camera; just a nice shot with your regular point and shoot camera should be fine!

  13. says

    Lovely idea but really struggled with the ink pulling off when I mod poged them. Thinking of giving up. Tried sponges and brush to apply thick coat. ALSO HAD MAJOR WRINKLING ISSUES.

  14. Jenny says

    I am trying to do this for Christmas gifts but am really confused about the pictures. I only have an ink jet printer. Do I go and have prints made by a laser printer or can I just use my printer with regular paper?

  15. Paige says

    I just did this as a Christmas present, and it came out beyond perfect! I printed my photo at one of those Kodak kiosk, and worried because it said my resolution was too low… But I tried the project anyway and am so satisfied. Thanks!!!

  16. Patti says

    Awesome idea!! Have you noticed any bowing/bending with your thin canvases? I have done this sort of technique with words printed onto thin scrapbook paper (my take on subway art) and after the mod podge has dried my canvases are curved. I was wondering if this ever happened to anyone else??

  17. Shellie says

    So cool! Can I make the prints using my inkjet but on laser paper or do I need a laser printer too?

  18. debbiefrank says

    i like to know when you put your picture on the canvas do you put the picture facing down or facing up? do you have to do any rubbing off to get the paper off or do you just put the picture facing up and rub the mod podge on the picture and canvas. I love your photo’s

  19. Suzie Harrison says

    I just tried to Mod Podge scrapbook paper onto canvas. It was a complete and total FAIL! Fail times five actually. I tried using a light amount of Mod Podge, a heavier amount, and different weights of paper. I had multiple problems. The Mod Podge was rippling up and not sticking to the canvas in several cases. Best case scenario, I finally got one that still had major wrinkles and creases in the paper. I am just so incredibly frustrated! PLEASE HELP!!

    • says

      Oh no Suzie, that stinks! One thing I remember was having to work quickly!! Yes, I had some creases in the paper, but I smoothed them out with my finger as I used my foam brush. Also, once the Mod Podge was down, I did not apply additional layers. Let the Mod Podge soak into the canvas and paper. Otherwise it will just cause the paper to almost disintegrate! Hope that helps and good luck!!

  20. Pat says

    Well, you are simply awesome and an absolute darling to share this darling project. My grandchildren (ages 11 and 12) can do this! Thanks for sharing.

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