DIY Gallery Wrapped Canvas

If you are like me you are always looking for unique ways to display your photos.  I have wanted to have gallery wrapped canvas images printed of my photos for a while, however, I didn’t want to spend the money. Last week while blog hopping I found this simply awesome tutorial on JoyFolie and I thought I would give it a try.  This project cost me around $10 and I am excited to share it with you. So let’s begin.

You will need:

Canvas- I used a 5×5 size

Modge Podge

Paint Brush

Tissue Paper


Exacto Knife


You will want to begin by taking a regular sheet of computer paper and lay it on the tissue paper with the waxy side up.  Cut out the tissue paper leaving about an inch around all sides.  Next tape the tissue paper to the computer paper. You want to make it as secure and wrinkle free as you can.  Be sure to fold the corners over on the ends so the paper will go through your printer. You then need to print your image.

In this step you will want to trim the tissue paper around the image leaving a little bit of white on all sides. Don’t remove the tissue paper from the computer paper. It is easier to trim while attached.  After the image is trimmed you want to lay you canvas face down on the tissue paper, waxy side up, and lightly draw some registration marks.  Now you can apply a thin layer of Modge Podge to you canvas.

Next take your canvas and place it on your tissue paper with the registration marks.  You are then going to lightly smooth out the photo. Be very careful not to tear the paper. Turn the canvas over and use a ruler to cut away the photo so you can make the gallery wrap.  Add Modge Podge, like before, to the sides of the canvas and smooth out the photo.  You can add a layer of Modge Podge to give your canvas a bit of shine or just leave it as is.  That’s it! So simple right?

And here is the finished piece. The 5×5 canvas is perfect for canvas wraps. Unfortunately, my printer only prints up to 8.5 x 11.5 so I am limited to a maximum size of 8×8. I might experiment with larger sizes and figure out a way to print in sections.  This technique also works well with portraits.  Feel free to ask any questions you might have.


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