Gingerly Made: DIY Decoupage Giant Photo

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.

7 comments:

  1. What a beautiful idea. Here from Just Us Four and now following you- Tanya :)

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  2. Did you get your picture printed on regular paper or photo paper??

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    1. It's photo paper. I ordered the large print from Walmart online and it was ready for me to pick it up in the store just a few days later. Thanks for asking.

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  3. What kind of paper did you get your poster printed on?

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  4. I am wanting to make something similar to this. I just printed out a bunch of photos of me and my husband from Walgreens so they are actual photos. I want to use canvas and apply the pictures onto the canvas like a collage. How would you recommend that I do this? Should I glue them down on the canvas 1st? Then use the mod podge on top of the pictures after they have been glued down and are dry? After the process is complete I will be applying a decal. I would appreciate your suggestions. Thank you very much!

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    1. Hi Shannon,

      I would definitely go the route you mentioned; glueing down the photos in the collage format you want, then applying Mod Podge on top. A sponge brush will keep streaks out of the glue and give you a smoother finish for your decal. - Good luck!

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  5. I am wanting to make something similar to this. I just printed out a bunch of photos of me and my husband from Walgreens so they are actual photos. I want to use canvas and apply the pictures onto the canvas like a collage. How would you recommend that I do this? Should I glue them down on the canvas 1st? Then use the mod podge on top of the pictures after they have been glued down and are dry? After the process is complete I will be applying a decal. I would appreciate your suggestions. Thank you very much!

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