diy canvas print wall art

DIY Canvas Print Wall Art

If you’re like me and you’re making it a New Year’s goal to finally print out some of those pictures you’ve been hoarding on your phone for the past year, then this DIY canvas print wall art has your name written all over it.

I, Erin, recently discovered an amazing little thing called printable canvas, which allows you to print photos onto textured canvas using your home printer and stretch them onto wood frames for gallery-wrapped-style wall art. Pretty cool, huh? Read on for the how-to on turning those iPhone snaps into canvas art!

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Mini Art Canvases, Size 5”x 7” and 5”x 5” (Available at any craft or art store)

Printable Canvas

Powerpoint

Inkjet printer

Scissors

Pliers

Heavy Duty Staple Gun

Heavy Duty Staples

UV Protective Varnish Spray

Notes: For this project, I’m working with 5”x 7” and 5”x 5” canvas frames. The sizing was limited by my printer which prints a maximum size of 8.5”x 11”. If your printer can handle larger formats, consider using 11”x 17” printable canvas for additional size options.

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1. Open up a blank document in Powerpoint, and insert your picture or artwork. Center the photo on the slide. (I’m using Powerpoint, as it’s a program many may be familiar with, but you can also use Adobe Illustrator or any layout editing software as well.)

2. Then pick the ‘rectangle shape’ from the top tool bar and draw a rectangle roughly 2-3 inches larger than your photo. Just eyeball it. Right click on the rectangle shape and choose ‘Send to Back’ in order to send it behind your photo. Then right click on the rectangle shape again and choose a color fill similar to the general color of your photo.

3. At this point, do a test print on standard paper to confirm color and sizing look good.

4. Next select print settings to optimize printing on the canvas. Go to ‘File’ –> ‘Print’ –> ‘Printer Properties’. Choose the following settings and hit ‘Print’:

— Print Quality: ‘Best’

— Paper Type: ‘Matte Photo Paper.’

5. Once your canvas is printed, seal it with a spray coat of UV protective varnish to protect the ink.

6. Use a pliers to pull off the staples/blank canvas that came on the blank art canvases. This step is optional, but I found I got a tighter wrap by removing the blank canvas.

7. Lay your printed canvas face down, and center the wood frame on the canvas. Check the canvas edges to confirm correct placement. Beginning with one of the longer edges, fold the canvas around the wood frame and staple towards the middle of the frame. Then fold the opposite edge around the other side of the frame pulling and stretching the canvas as tight as you can. Staple the canvas into place. Professionals use a canvas pliers to stretch larger canvases. However, for this size canvas, using your hands work just fine.

8. At this point, trim off excess canvas material at each corner at a 45 degree angle to help make the corners easier to wrap.

9. Wrap the first corner by taking hold of the loose canvas corner and pushing the corner in toward the center of the frame. The goal is to make a small fold from the center of the canvas corner down to the corner of the wood frame.

10. Then fold the loose canvas flap onto the frame so the folded edge is parallel with the corner. Secure flap with a staple. Repeat steps 6 & 7 to wrap remaining 3 corners.

Is printing out photos one of your resolutions, as well? I’d love to hear what your top goals are for this year. Leave them in the comments below!

 diy canvas print wall art

Erin Francois

As a diy-er to the very core, Erin calls upon her interior design background to create pieces for the home that work to add beauty, function and a loaded dose of handmade soul to our everyday.
Find more of her handmade musings on Francois et Mois

Read more from Erin Francois

diy canvas print wall art

DIY Canvas Print Wall Art

If you’re like me and you’re making it a New Year’s goal to finally print out some of those pictures you’ve been hoarding on your phone for the past year, then this DIY canvas print wall art has your name written all over it.

I, Erin, recently discovered an amazing little thing called printable canvas, which allows you to print photos onto textured canvas using your home printer and stretch them onto wood frames for gallery-wrapped-style wall art. Pretty cool, huh? Read on for the how-to on turning those iPhone snaps into canvas art!

MY LATEST VIDEOS

Mini Art Canvases, Size 5”x 7” and 5”x 5” (Available at any craft or art store)

Printable Canvas

Powerpoint

Inkjet printer

Scissors

Pliers

Heavy Duty Staple Gun

Heavy Duty Staples

UV Protective Varnish Spray

Notes: For this project, I’m working with 5”x 7” and 5”x 5” canvas frames. The sizing was limited by my printer which prints a maximum size of 8.5”x 11”. If your printer can handle larger formats, consider using 11”x 17” printable canvas for additional size options.

MY LATEST VIDEOS

1. Open up a blank document in Powerpoint, and insert your picture or artwork. Center the photo on the slide. (I’m using Powerpoint, as it’s a program many may be familiar with, but you can also use Adobe Illustrator or any layout editing software as well.)

2. Then pick the ‘rectangle shape’ from the top tool bar and draw a rectangle roughly 2-3 inches larger than your photo. Just eyeball it. Right click on the rectangle shape and choose ‘Send to Back’ in order to send it behind your photo. Then right click on the rectangle shape again and choose a color fill similar to the general color of your photo.

3. At this point, do a test print on standard paper to confirm color and sizing look good.

4. Next select print settings to optimize printing on the canvas. Go to ‘File’ –> ‘Print’ –> ‘Printer Properties’. Choose the following settings and hit ‘Print’:

— Print Quality: ‘Best’

— Paper Type: ‘Matte Photo Paper.’

5. Once your canvas is printed, seal it with a spray coat of UV protective varnish to protect the ink.

6. Use a pliers to pull off the staples/blank canvas that came on the blank art canvases. This step is optional, but I found I got a tighter wrap by removing the blank canvas.

7. Lay your printed canvas face down, and center the wood frame on the canvas. Check the canvas edges to confirm correct placement. Beginning with one of the longer edges, fold the canvas around the wood frame and staple towards the middle of the frame. Then fold the opposite edge around the other side of the frame pulling and stretching the canvas as tight as you can. Staple the canvas into place. Professionals use a canvas pliers to stretch larger canvases. However, for this size canvas, using your hands work just fine.

8. At this point, trim off excess canvas material at each corner at a 45 degree angle to help make the corners easier to wrap.

9. Wrap the first corner by taking hold of the loose canvas corner and pushing the corner in toward the center of the frame. The goal is to make a small fold from the center of the canvas corner down to the corner of the wood frame.

10. Then fold the loose canvas flap onto the frame so the folded edge is parallel with the corner. Secure flap with a staple. Repeat steps 6 & 7 to wrap remaining 3 corners.

Is printing out photos one of your resolutions, as well? I’d love to hear what your top goals are for this year. Leave them in the comments below!

 diy canvas print wall art

Erin Francois

As a diy-er to the very core, Erin calls upon her interior design background to create pieces for the home that work to add beauty, function and a loaded dose of handmade soul to our everyday.
Find more of her handmade musings on Francois et Mois

Read more from Erin Francois

Comments

  • Hi,
    I just love your decoration ideas the canvas print wall art. It influenced me very much. Thank you for sharing this post with us.

    • Hi there ! We’re so glad you found inspiration from the post! The final product is sure to be beautiful!

  • Cyndi Howell

    04.17.18

    Our women’s church retreat is in less than two weeks. Last year they did a silent auction to help several people like me to be able to go. I don’t have any income and am disabled.
    I’m looking for ideas for gifts I can make (hopefully inexpensively. This year is going to be an auction. I want to give a as much as possible as the women have paid my way completely last year and half this year.
    Thank you for your ideas. If you have any others please send them to me
    760-885-8288i have had to move so I’m ptaying I can find the items needed.
    Thank you for your time and knowledge o put this together. I hope to make nice things the ladies will boys on so there’s money to help more women to be able to go. It was such a blessing getting to know these women.

    • Hi Cyndi! I’m so glad you were able to find inspiration from this project! There’s definitely some great options for inexpensive DIY projects you can find my browsing around our DIY category! I love that you’re crafting gifts, handmade gifts are the best and so good for the soul! :) Hope you have fun on your retreat!

  • Mani

    05.02.18

    Thanks for sharing the guide I am in love with the canvas art and the frame making process is very easy looking for these kind of frames for a long time now easily make them.

  • Amanda

    08.10.18

    I am a great fan of these projects. These wall arts looking awesome and I can’t wait to try them. Thanks a lot for sharing the wonderful article.

    • Hi Amanda, so glad you loved the wall art! Let us know how it goes !

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