Custom Canvas Photo Art

Turn treasured photos into sentimental, handmade gifts for family and friends.
Custom Canvas Photo Art

Custom Canvas Photo Art

Turn treasured photos into ready-to-hang artwork by printing the images onto canvas photo paper then stretching the fabric over a wooden frame. Get step-by-step instructions .

By: Michele Beschen
Related To:

Materials Needed:

  • digital photos
  • canvas photo printer paper
  • optional embellishments: gel mediums, rhinestones, paints or decorative threads
  • empty wooden frames
  • staple gun
  • sewing machine or needle and thread

Print Photo

Print photo onto canvas paper. Size photo so it fits on one sheet, which will cover a 5" x 7" frame, or use a photo program to expand image onto multiple sheets for a larger finished project.

Select and Print Photos

Select and Print Photos

Print photo onto canvas paper. Size photo so it fits on one sheet, which will cover a 5" x 7" frame, or use a photo program to expand the image onto multiple sheets for a larger finished project.

Piece Images Together

If printed on multiple sheets, piece together for a tiled look and hand stitch or use sewing machine to connect. Be creative and make stitching part of the design with colored threads or zigzag pattern.

Sewing Canvas Photos Together

Sewing Canvas Photos Together

If a larger photo is printed on multiple sheets, piece them together for a tiled look and hand stitch or use a sewing machine to connect. Be creative and make stitching part of the design with colored threads or zigzag pattern.

Attach Photo

Wrap photo around wooden frame, stretch taut and staple fabric to back of frame. As you're stapling, alternate sides and continue to pull tight for a taut finished canvas.

Attaching Canvas Art to Frames

Attaching Canvas Art to Frames

Wrap photo around wooden frame, stretch taut and staple fabric to back of frame. As you're stapling, alternate sides and continue to pull tight for a taut finished canvas.

Embellish

Add a special touch by embellishing canvas with painted areas, clear gel mediums or 3-D objects, such as rhinestones, ribbon or found objects.

Painting Canvas Art With Finishing Glaze

Painting Canvas Art With Finishing Glaze

Add a special touch by embellishing canvas with painted areas, clear gel mediums or 3-D objects, such as rhinestones, ribbon or found objects.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Make Your Own Monogrammed String Art

String art used to be straight out of the '70s, but there's a new graphic version that's back in a big way. Learn how to make your own modern monogrammed string art in just a few easy steps.

How to Construct a Custom Kitchen Range Hood

Give your stock kitchen the high-end treatment with a custom, built-in range hood. Fitted with an exhaust fan that vents outside, your kitchen will not only look better — it will smell better, too.

DIY Designer: Butterfly Wall Art Project

Create your own Cast Shadows-inspired artwork to add dramatic flair to your space.

How to Set Up Your Own DIY Photo Booth

From wedding receptions to baby showers to birthday parties, photo booths are all the rage. Skip the expensive rental and create a one-of-a-kind booth with props and a backdrop for your next party or event using our step-by-step instructions and free printable templates.

How to Make One Large Custom Area Rug from Several Small Ones

You can make a custom, large-scale graphic area rug for your small space. Just follow these easy step-by-step instructions.

How to Make a Wood Cutting Board

Woodworking projects can be intimidating, but this project is actually easier than you may think. With basic shop materials and dense hardwood, which is the best wood for cutting boards, you'll be able to create a chef-worthy chopping accessory that any foodie would love.

How to Make a Rustic Bread Board

Antique bread boards are a popular collectible but they're often expensive. With basic woodworking skills, you can turn a piece of old or reclaimed wood into a great handmade gift for your favorite foodie or hostess.

How to Make Distressed Leather-Wrapped Books

Make brand new books look like old leather-bound tomes by covering them in a removable leather jacket that you've distressed and antiqued. They'll add a timeworn touch to your bookcase and make great handmade gifts for literary friends.

On TV

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.