Tuesday, May 15, 2012
DIY Decoupage Giant Photo
I love giant family photos hanging on walls. And although our bathroom update is meant to create a relaxing escape for me, I couldn't resist putting in a reminder of my sweet girls. All you need to create your own giant photo on canvas is a poster sized print of the photo, a canvas, some fabric strips, and mod podge. Yep, just another decoupage project.
I ordered a 16 x 20 poster sized print to match my 16 x 20 canvas. It would be great if you could custom order your picture to be 18 x 22, but that didn't work out for me. The reason a picture larger than your canvas would be best is because of the sides. You don't want to leave those bare. And if your picture is larger than the canvas, you could fold it over and around the edges.
However.... my canvas and photo were the SAME size.
To prevent the sides of the canvas from being blank, I cut two long strips of some black fabric I had lying around. Enough to go all the way around the canvas. Make sure the fabric is wider than the side of the canvas so the raw edges of the fabric don't show. Smear mod podge all over the sides and apply the fabric.
Fold the edges over on to the top of the canvas using mod podge to hold it down. Make sure those corners are folded and crisp. Do the same on the back of the canvas.
Once your edges are taken care of, you can go about decoupaging the rest easy peasy. Pour mod podge on the canvas and use a brush to spread it all over. Place your picture carefully. Press and smooth starting in the center moving to the edges.
Once that's dry, spread more mod podge on top of the photo. Be generous with it. It WILL dry clear.
Allow your picture to dry and then hang.
Here's a couple more pictures; one from the side so you can see how that fabric edging looks and one from further away so you can see how it looks on the whole wall.
Would you like to make your own giant photo? Check back later today for a poster giveaway from PrintRunner.