5 minute DIY large faux canvas photo artwork.

5 Minute DIY Faux Canvas Print from a Photo

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This faux canvas project falls under the category of “DIY projects for the non-DIY’er”. There are no power tools involved.

No Mod Podge or toxic spray adhesive is needed.

You don’t even need any supplies other than a hammer and a nail to hang your artwork on the wall. Everything you need to put it together is included in the package.

Not only that, but you can have this project done in less from 5 minutes from the time you unpack it and assemble it. And it’s super affordable!

How cool is that?

5 minute DIY large faux canvas photo artwork.

*affiliate links are included so you can find the products I used at no extra cost to you

Let me back up and tell you how this project for having custom artwork for our guest room makeover began.

I originally planned on making my own artwork by printing and mounting a photo I downloaded from Etsy onto foam board with spray adhesive. Then, I would build a frame to mount it to.

Unfortunately, that ended up being a fail. The print had so many bubbles, I knew it just wasn’t gonna to work.

Pinterest fail at making DIY photo artwork from photo print

Not all projects go as planned so we move on to plan B. No biggy, right?

So, plan B was to find a company that could print a photo onto canvas since that would be easier to work with than paper. Canvas is less glossy than a poster print so it wouldn’t show as many imperfections.

In the process of finding a company that could print photos onto a canvas, I found a really easy and inexpensive alternative. The best part is that I could put it together in no time.

It’s “faux canvas” using any high-resolution photograph that has the look of real canvas artwork at a fraction of the cost. A stretched canvas would’ve cost about 3 times as much.

Supplies Used for Making the Faux Canvas Print:

How to make your own DIY faux canvas from a photo:

The company I found was Zazzle. I’ve used them before so I know they’re turnaround time and quality is topnotch.

By the way, this isn’t a sponsored post. If I wasn’t a blogger, I would be just as excited to share this with my BFF.

So, the first step is finding the right kind of photo to print. Depending on your finished size, you want to make sure the resolution is high enough to print on a large canvas. The photograph I chose from Green Life Prints on Etsy could be downloaded in the correct resolution, no problem.

how to find the right size photo to print to a faux canvas print

TIP: If you want a different type of picture to download on Etsy, put the words “digital download photography” in the search box. This would also be a great way to display family photographs.

Then, I uploaded the picture to Zazzle as a 36″ x 24″ print on the link for the faux canvas. You can go as small as 10″ x 10″. Make sure you take advantage of the coupon codes they always have available.

The faux canvas print came with instructions on how to assemble it along with double-sided sticky tape.

It was as easy as just putting the included double-sided sticky tape on the corners.

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And joining the mitered corners together.

In less than 5 minutes from the time I unpacked it, I had the faux canvas ready to hang on the wall. As an added bonus, they put a notch on the back so it’s easy to keep it in place.

how to make your own easy faux canvas art from photos
5 minute DIY custom photo canvas artwork

Looking from the side, you can see the texture that’s very similar to what a real stretched canvas would look like.

easy and cheap DIY large custom canvas prints

I really love the touch of green in this serene photograph that goes so well in our minimalist guest room.

If you’re looking for another easy way to make your own artwork from prints, then I’d love for you to check out how to make a poster hanger from reclaimed wood.


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  1. The blog is so fantastic. Pictures quality is very good and also it contains information about canvas which is really helpful. Keep up the good work.

  2. Thank you! I’m glad you like it. The instructions that come in the box are easy to follow. It’s as simple as folding the corners and taping. 🙂

  3. Sure wish I understood just a few of the instructions you gave for the faux canvas picture. I was totally lost. It was really pretty!

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