Faux Canvas Print

Getting your photos printed on museum wrapped canvas is hot right now.   I remember when I was younger and the prices were so outrageous for this service.   The prices have definitely come down, however it is still a little rich for my blood.   The cheapest place online I have found to get a 24” x 36” canvas print is $100. I discovered a technique to make a faux canvas print for about 1/3 of the price.

how to create museum wrapped canvas


Poster print of your photo

Brushstroke Mod Podge (I used gloss)

Foam roller

Canvas fabric

Spray adhesive

Exacto Knife

1.   I got a 24” x 36” poster print of my favorite family photo.   It cost me $15. The prices range from $15-$25 for this service.


2.   I got a 1/4” MDF board cut to size at Home Depot.   Using my Scotch 77 Spray Adhesive I adhered the poster onto the board. I used a scrap of the poster to protect my surface as I burnished it down.


3.   When it was dry I turned it over and trimmed the edges with an Exacto knife. Using practically a whole bottle of Brushstroke Mod Podge — I used a white foam roller and spread a thick, even coat on top of my poster print.

Brushstroke Modge Podge


Since Mod Podge dries very fast you have to work quickly.

4. Once your have an even coat over your poster print you press a piece of canvas on top of it.   I used some canvas drop cloth material I had purchased at Home Depot.   Then slowly pull back the canvas material to reveal a “canvas print” onto your Mod Podged surface.


5.   The canvas literally stamps its impression into the Brushstroke Mod Podge giving you a faux canvas look.   Now look over your photo meticulously to make sure there aren’t any hairs or fuzz that needs to be removed.   Use tweezers to remove anything.   If a part gets messed up just add more Mod Podge and press it again.


Let it dry a full 24 hours before you hang it on the wall.   At this point I had an awesome frame I found at a church rummage sale for $7 forever ago.   I actually didn’t paint it or anything.   I liked the brown wood tones with our fall foliage picture.



Extreme close up to see the texture…


It looks so authentic.   No one would ever be able to tell that it wasn’t a canvas print.   Now if someone touches it then they can tell the difference.   The canvas prints have a smoother texture than its faux but it looks amazing and I am so thrilled with the price.   As yes, for those of you who are concerned, everything is acid free.

Cost breakdown:

Poster $15

Frame from Rummage Sale $7

Mod Podge $4

MDF $6 =


Isn’t that awesome!?


  1. Very inventive 🙂

  2. That is a great idea. I love Mod Podge. I remember when I was young my Dad introduced me to it (Art was his minor, and he was very creative)…and just this Christmas I bought a new jar of it to teach my teens the wonders of Mod Podge.
    I feel like I have been reunited with a wonderful old friend!
    I will definitely try this when we ever get a family pic good enough to frame.

  3. Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage says

    Awesome idea Beckie!! 🙂 Wondering how to turn this into a wrapped canvas….

  4. That is the coolest idea… I love it and will be trying it soon. Thanks

  5. Nana Moon Shop says

    I love this idea! Thanks!

  6. gail@myrepurposedlife.net says

    beckie-this is a fabulous project! great tute. thanks for sharing this with us.

  7. ——>Katie Bolinger says

    you are like a crafty genius. What a great idea. and I love how cheap er frugal it is.

  8. ——>Katie Bolinger says

    you are like a crafty genius. What a great idea. and I love how cheap er frugal it is.

  9. ——>Katie Bolinger says

    you are like a crafty genius. What a great idea. and I love how cheap er frugal it is.

  10. ——>Katie Bolinger says

    you are like a crafty genius. What a great idea. and I love how cheap er frugal it is.

  11. I just started following you yesterday, and you paid me back today. 🙂 This is a great idea. I'm going to modify it a bit. If it works, I'll let you know.

  12. Such a cool idea! Going to have to add it to my list of things to give a try.

  13. Cook Clean Craft says

    I love it! Great project. Now I just have to find a photo or two to try it on…

  14. www.thisoldhouseinnewliberty.blogspot.com says

    Great Project!

  15. Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com says

    This is amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!!!

  16. Very awesome – I didn't know you could get this kind of mod podge! PS, if you want to know a somewhat inexpensive way to do gallery-wrapped canvas, email me. 🙂 I do my own for my photography clients!

    • Okease share your secrets on a way to do gallery-wrapped canvas. Christmas is coming and that would be such a treat for my children/grandchildren. Anxiously awaiting your response.

      • You do it the same way except you wrap the paper around the canvas and staple it like you would if you were upholstering a chair. Then do the same finish I did on this one.

  17. Brooke Douglass says

    That is very cool!!!!! brooke
    Girl Boy Girl Inspired

  18. That is really clever! And it is a great family photo!!!

  19. Amy @ Positively Splendid says

    Girl – you are a stinkin' genius! No doubt about it!

  20. What a FABULOUS technique. I just think this is great – you are too creative. I must try this.

  21. That is a beautiful family photo & I love how you achieved the canvas look for less! It's funny, we were at Red Lobster last week waiting for a table & our 9 year old son commented on a picture of a lighthouse & asked if it was a real painting because of the textured finish. We explained how you could tell that it was just a photograph (with something like ModPodge over the top to give it the textured appearance of brush strokes) because the "brush strokes" swirled over the entire surface. Anyway, that got me thinking that I could achieve a similar look easily at home with some trusty, ol' Mod Podge…thanks for this tutorial!


  23. Lori@KitchenFunk says

    I love this and I will definitely do it. My oldest daughter gave me a canvas picture of our family for Christmas and I couldn't believe how nice it looked. And with your idea I can make it happen for a fraction of the cost. Thank you ~Lori

  24. Lori@KitchenFunk says

    Hi, Just wanted to let you know I posted your button on my website! 🙂 ~Lori

  25. Wow-this is a really neat idea-you are quite the creative one!!

  26. KatrinkaJane says

    Okay, everywhere I look for a brayer, they either don't have it or don't have a clue what I'm talking about. WHERE can I get one?!? :/

  27. Now THAT is cool!

  28. Steph Blant says

    What a great idea – a DIY photos on canvas! What about if you want to include designs for canvas prints as well as a photo?

  29. What an awesome idea Becky!! I've wanted a canvas for-evah as well, and this fits right in with my budget.

  30. In a word – – brilliant!! You impress the heck out of me, girl! We just snagged some great metallic paint chips at Lowe's and are trying the paint chip pendants this week 🙂

  31. Brilliant idea, it looks fantastic!

  32. Miss Obara says

    Totally awesome….and brilliant!!!

  33. Tiffany Lee says

    Love this idea! fyi..if you want all your pictures, even your 5×7's, to have a linen like look and texture, Adoramapix.com does a beautiful job printing pictures when you choose the "silk" paper option and the price (as of 6 months ago) are comparable to walmart and costco!

  34. So amazing! Thanks for the idea. I'll definitely be filing that one away for the future….

  35. Amy {The Idea Room} says

    I am definitely doing this! This is brilliant. Why I am always saying this when I leave a comment on your site? I need a thesaurus next time I stop by!

  36. Totally inspiring! Are you kidding me? I love improving the things I love with things I already have. AMAZING and I can't wait to try it!

  37. Traci@ Beneath My Heart says

    That is such a great idea! I love it. It looks really really good. 🙂
    Thanks for the tutorial.

  38. A Little McD says

    Ohhhhh! I did something similar to this recently, but yours looks SO much better! I'll have to give your version a try soon. Love it!

  39. Ooooo sweet! I'm so flat out copying you on this one. ~ Nike@ChooseToThrive

  40. This looks awesome, what a great idea, and that picture is fabulous!

  41. That really is SO awesome! Makes me want to go do it RIGHT NOW! 🙂 Great tutorial.

  42. I love to print directly on canvas with Fredrix printable canvas sheets. Look 'em up – its wonderful!

  43. Great idea! If you would like a "real" unstretched canvas print, artscow.com has a deal going right now, this offer is for unstretched canvas sizes 8"x10", 11"x14", 12"x12", 12"x16" and 12"x18". Any 2 for $13.99 with free shipping.

    Also, for the person who wondered how to make this project into a wrapped canvas, there are a few different directions for doing so on ehow, just goodle it 🙂

  44. That is so neat! Great idea!!!

  45. Hooray you were featured today! Really it's a feature Beckie Day because I've featured your Knock off site too! Because you rock! 🙂


  46. So wonderful! Do you think this would work on a regular finish photo (not a poster print), or would it smear?

  47. great idea! Now we just need to get family pictures.

  48. - Brittany says

    I crown you genius of the week! Great idea.


  49. This is awesome…We need something large over our mantel. Now I just need to keep my eye out for a frame and I can make a "canvas" in any size to match it. Thank you!

  50. OH… this is SO cool!
    Thank you for sharing!

  51. One in the SAHM says

    Wow this is a GREAT idea! I too LOVE my Canvas People print, but they get super pricey. I'm a new followed from I{heart}naptime!

  52. aaron & erika says

    just wondering where you got your picture printed for only $15? can't find anything that cheap. can you help?

  53. aaron & erika says

    just wondering where you got your picture printed for only $15? can't find anything that cheap. can you help?

  54. aaron & erika says

    just wondering where you got your picture printed for only $15? can't find anything that cheap. can you help?

  55. aaron & erika says

    just wondering where you got your picture printed for only $15? can't find anything that cheap. can you help?

  56. Joshua * Kenlyn * Jaxson says

    that is incredible, becky! thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  57. Taylor Family says

    VERY clever of you!! Looks awesome!

  58. AtOneWithHim says

    Holy Crap! You're a Genius!!!

  59. Mod Podge Amy says

    Beckie! This is awesome!

  60. Just love this idea! Beautiful photo and results.

  61. NOt just awesome but extremely Awesome!! Thanks for the tutorial…

  62. The Smallest Sparrow says

    Absolute genius! I love it!

  63. This is too cool. Can't wait to give it a try. Thank you so much for inspiring.

  64. Gloria Westerman says

    Amy seem me…..and I so glad I did…..this is so awesome…..I will be trying this with my grandchildren picture…….I love the canvas look……for a lot less….thank you for sharing…..

  65. Kathy Lungren says

    This is great!! It looks awesome and I can't wait to try it.

  66. Wow, you are brilliant!

  67. I love this. It's so on my to-do list!

  68. {twenty}something says

    Just wanted to let you know that I am playing around on StumbleUpon (20-something) and your page came up! Needless to say, I "liked" it. Yay!
    Circle of Bliss

  69. Neat idea…thanks! I’ll have to give it a try!

  70. A thought I had, to solve the rougher texture and random threads shedding in the mod podge. Could lightly spraying waterproofing on the canvas, before using it to texturize the mod podge, help smooth out the impression as well as help keep random threads from being transfered to the mod podge? It was just a thought. If it works, you could waterproof lace, knit or crochet samples or anything you could stamp with, for textures in all kinds of artwork. You came up with a wonderful idea that is a great inspiration and has so many uses. Thank- you!

  71. Johnny Prato says

    That’s so AWESOME XD You’re AMAZING!!! Great job 🙂


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