How to Create a DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

Showing you how to create a DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap has been on my to-do list for quite some time. Several months ago, I turned an old canvas wall hanging (that was sitting in my basement collecting dust), into a beautiful gallery wrap of my children. I was so pleased with the way it turned out, I wanted to create another one so I could show you the steps. And the added bonus: I would also have another one to add to my growing collection. :-)

Most of the artwork hanging in my house is photos of my family or quotes/sayings that mean something to me and my family. Decorating this way has really made my house feel like a home and I love having special memories surrounding me on a daily basis. If you have purchased/shopped for gallery wraps, you know that they can become quite costly, especially if using them is your preferred way of decorating. These DIY Canvas Gallery Wraps turn out as close to the real thing as they can get. This project is so simple and inexpensive (the 24X30 gallery wrap that I will be creating below cost me about $25.00 to create). Obviously, the smaller the canvas and print you choose, the lower the cost of creating a gallery wrap. I chose to use a photo I took of my husband and son on a hayfield in the fall. It is one of my all-time favorite photos and I could not wait to get it up on a wall in my home so I could see it every single day.

DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

Let’s get started with what you will need:

  • Artist Canvas. I chose a 24X30 size that normally costs $19.99, but I used a 40% off coupon, so I snagged it for $11.99.
DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

Artist Canvas

  • Print. I like to order all of my large prints through Sam’s Club. The quality is great and the price is even better. I ordered a 20X30 print for $8.96. The best part about it, they are usually done within hours. One time, I placed an order through my computer and I received a phone call 5 minutes later informing me my prints were ready to pick up. That is music to this impatient girl’s ears!
DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

Print

  • Mod Podge. A 16 oz. container of Mod Podge usally costs around $7.99. I used a 50% off coupon and got mine for $4.00.
DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

Mod Podge

  • Foam Brush. You can usually find foam brushes in packages of 6 for $1.33. You can often find the foam brushes with the wooden handles on sale at Michaels Arts and Crafts for 7 cents each.
DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

Foam Brush

Let’s start creating:

I purchased my 24X30 canvas before I ordered my print. When I went to order my print, I discovered that they were not available in a 24X30 size. Ideally, it would be great if both matched, because it would cut down on the amount of time/work, but since I already had my canvas, I chose to order a 20X30 print and figured I would just paint a black border on the excess canvas that would be showing.

  • The print has a white border around it that I chose to cut off.

DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

  • I placed the print on top of my canvas and made sure I had exactly 2 inches of excess canvas on the top and 2 inches of excess canvas on the bottom.

DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

 

  • After measuring 2 inches at the top and bottom, I made little marks on the canvas so I knew exactly where to place the print once it was covered with Mod Podge.

DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

  • Next, coat the canvas and the back of the print with Mod Podge, paying close attention to the edges. You don’t want to take too long to finish these steps, because the Mod Podge dries fairly quickly.
DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

Coat the canvas with Mod Podge

DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

Coat the canvas with Mod Podge

DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

Coat the back of your print with Mod Podge

  • Carefully place the print on the canvas (I used the marks I made earlier as a guide)  Once your print is in place, use a paper towel and gently run it over the photo to secure the print to the canvas and smooth out any bubbles.
DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

Place your print onto the canvas.

  • Put a coat of Mod Podge directly over the photo, paying close attention to the edges. This will completely seal your photo to the canvas and give you the illusion of brush strokes. The more coats of Mod Podge you use, the greater illusion of brush strokes. Don’t be alarmed, the Mod Podge will dry clear.  :-)

DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

1st coat of Mod Podge

  • I chose to do 2 coats of Mod Podge over my photo.
DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

2nd coat of Mod Podge

I did make a slight mistake when I was creating this gallery wrap. Since my print was not as large as my canvas, I should have painted my black border before I mod-podged my print to the canvas. I did it this way the first time I created a gallery wrap with a border, and it was much easier. I was able to fix it up and am still very happy with the way it turned out.

  • I used black acrylic paint and a foam brush to create my border and to paint the edges of the canvas. I brought the paint ever so slightly onto the edges of the print to create a vignette appearance.

 

DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

If you prefer, paint the edges of the canvas and/or border black.

  • I wanted more of a clean line at the top of the print where the sky meets the border, so I used some blue and white acrylic paint to clean the top edge up a little bit. (If I painted my black border before I mod-podged my print to the canvas, this step would not have been necessary, but I was trying to fix my mistake as best I could)

DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

Well, what do YOU think? Since I corrected my mistake with acrylic paint, it gave the gallery wrap real brush strokes at the top, adding even more character. I am very pleased with the way the gallery wrap turned out! I plan on giving the edges of the canvas one more coat of black paint and would like to even up the tiny black vignette border I created at the top/bottom and  left/right sides of the print.

DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

If you take a closer look, you can see how the Mod Podge (I told you it would dry clear :-) ) gives the illusion of brush strokes. Pretty cool, right?!

DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

I would love to know if you give this a try. You can sign in and comment below this blog post or find me on Facebook. ←click here and “like” Wonderstruck on Facebook to receive updates in your News Feed.  If you would like to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss out on any recipes, DIY projects or craft ideas, just simply enter your email address on the right side of this page.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Until next time, happy DIY projects!

Colette

DIY Canvas Gallery Wrap

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