TRENDING DIY INSPIRATION – CANVAS PHOTOS
Canvas photos are everywhere. They provide an alternative to typical framed photos. Three dimensional with clean lines, they are perfect for a more modern or minimalist style. Unfortunately, they can also be expensive.
I think that large photos help make a statement. Closeups of people make that statement very personal. Hence, I chose large closeups of the boys on the stair landing to transition from the public spaces of the main floor to the more private spaces of the upper-level bedrooms. However, I needed wide pictures to follow the Golden Ratio Rule as the stair landing is pretty wide.
DIY BY STYLE TWIST FOR PERSONAL CANVAS PHOTO
Blank canvases are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased at multiple craft/art supply stores in a variety of sizes. Believe it or not, you can get large photos printed inexpensively using on-line websites.
The key to DIY canvas photos is creating the texture of canvas on the photo. First, affix the photo to the affordable blank framed canvas with spray adhesive and allowed to dry. Make sure to get those edges! Next, apply mod podge directly to the top of the photo. I know, you think you’re going to ruin the photo by getting it ‘wet’. But I promise, it’s all good. Finally, using a second canvas, press it onto the surface of the wet mod podge. This will recreate the texture of canvas onto the photo. Just be sure not to press too hard around the edges of the second canvas as it will create a harsh line in the mod podge. Ideally, you should use a length of loose canvas the same width and length as your frame. Allow 24 hours to dry.
ADDING A PERSONAL TOUCH TO CANVAS PHOTOS
Our home is a simple, clean design style (get details by signing up for access to the Style Library). So, I chose to paint the edges of the canvas frame black after the photo was dry to minimize the distinction between the canvas and photo edges. Alternatively, you could use burlap and upholstery nails as a decorative edge for a rustic style. I even found these little gear buttons at Michaels (not an affiliate) for a more industrial look.
Family photos really make a house a home. Don’t limit yourself to typical photo frames to show your personal design style!