Make your own fabric photo canvas for a fraction of the price using photographs printed on MyFabricDesigns.com’s Linen Cotton Canvas.
- Blank canvas (we’re using a 16×20 in this tutorial)
- Photograph printed on a fat quarter of Linen Cotton Canvas
- Staple gun
- Spray glue
- Modge Podge (optional)
- Scotch Guard (optional)
- Drop cloth
Choose the photo you want to use to create your DIY canvas and upload it to MyFabricDesigns.com. I choose this photo of my twin boys because my boy on the right, Griffin, thinks that every time they have their pictures taken together he is supposed to open his mouth. It makes me smile so I wanted to make this one into a canvas. A fat quarter of Linen Cotton Canvas is the perfect size to create a finished 16×20 photo canvas and you should receive your printed fabric within 10 business days.
When you receive your fabric lightly iron the backside of the fabric to release any wrinkles.
Place a drop cloth down and lightly spray the top and sides of your blank canvas.
Place your printed fabric on top of the blank canvas and smooth out using your hands.
This is the tricky part – the corners. Canvas corners look best when the sides are flat without any creases. To achieve this we will tuck the fabric in to the top and bottom of the canvas frame. Using your index finger and your thumb pinch the fabric and fold over to the side (top or bottom). You should see a 45° angle start to appear. Once you see that angle, fold again and staple. Then tuck the other end of the corner into itself and staple again. While this is the trickiest part don’t sweat it. Check out some videos on YouTube and make sure you have a good fold before you commit to stapling. The most important thing to remember is to ask yourself “does this look good from the front view”. Nothing else really matters and don’t beat yourself up if your corners aren’t perfect. Mine aren’t and I still love this canvas.
Trim any excess fabric from the around the staples.
Step 9 (optional)
Using either Modge Podge or Scotch Guard you can cover your fabric to prevent any dust or other items from settling on it. This finishing step isn’t necessary but it will protect your canvas and help it to last longer.
Total Cost of DIY Fabric Photo Canvas
$8.75 fat quarter of Linen Cotton Canvas
$4.00 16×20 blank canvas
We had all the other craft supplies and so we spent a total of $12.75 on this project! That’s a HUGE savings over the canvases we saw online which were $10 just for shipping + the cost of the canvas. And here is the final product!
We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and we know you’ll love making your own canvases. Give it try and use coupon code: photo25 for 25% off your custom fabric order. Don’t forget to tag your photos on Instagram with #mfdesigns so we can see what you’re making!