$10 DIY Canvas Inspired Decor

I am a photographer, and though I truly love a good quality canvas, I can’t afford (and even if I could I wouldn’t do it) a new canvas of each of my kids every year. That’s crazy. I don’t mind spending some money on a good quality large print of my whole family, but not three images once or twice a year.

So I created my own fake canvas look and completed the look for only $10. Yep, that’s right.

Here is how I managed this crazy cool decor decoy.


First of all, you need to understand a little about photography. You will want a high quality image (that doesn’t contain too much white space) and make sure your contrast is a little bit higher than you would usually want it.┬áHave your photographer edit it to a quality black and white image. (Gray-scale is not the same thing.)

Size your images to be the size you want (I did 18″x 18″). And print them somewhere that prints blue-prints. I seriously spent about $4 on all 3 prints.


In order to get the look of a canvas I went to a lumber store and purchased enough wood to create 3 18″x 18″ frames with 1″x 2″ wood posts. I cut my wood and glued, nailed, and stapled them together securely. After a day of drying I sanded and painted all of the edges of my frames.


Once my frames were completed, I positioned my images on top of my frames and lightly glued the frame. With the image face down, I placed the frame on top of the paper to ensure equal pressure and no gravity pull from the weight of the paper in the center.


After drying, I was ready to hang my decoy canvas prints. Piece. Of. Cake. I hope you enjoyed my simple tutorial on saving yourself some money and creating a canvas wall for yourself.



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