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Do-It-Yourself Photo On Canvas Guide

As soon as I saw photos on canvas over the internet, I knew wanted to make one for myself and for my friends.

There were several methods that I tried. However, I was never really contented with the outcome.

With some trial and error, I eventually stumbled upon a great technique that worked out really nice. Plus, it was simple enough using an iron and a transfer paper.

So, I’m sharing a guide on a DIY photo on canvas.

Supplies needed

• Canvas
• Iron-on transfer paper
• High resolution pictures to be printed on the iron-on transfer paper
• Screwdriver
• Pliers
• Iron
• Staple gun
• Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer

The Steps

Step 1. You will begin with printing out your chosen high-res picture on the iron-on transfer paper. Note that the image needs to be flipped horizontally in any photo editing application like Photoshop prior to it being printed out (since after ironing it on, the picture will get reversed.

If your canvas size is bigger than the standard paper size which is 8.5″ x 11″, you have to print another section to stitch them together. More on that later on.

Step 2. Remove the staples which are found at the canvas’ back with a screwdriver. Then, make use of pliers to pull the staples out.

Step 3. Take off the canvas from its wood. Use your hot iron to eliminate kinks to flatten it.

Step 4. Put the printed image face down to the canvas’ front.

Step 5. If the canvas is bigger as mentioned in step 1, stitch them together using a clear tape to tape them together.

Use again the hot iron to iron the printed image to the canvas. Do this for around 5 minutes or more.

Step 6. By starting at the corners, slowly pull off the transfer paper. If you notice that a part of the image still remains on the paper, iron it again.

Step 7. Use the staple gun to staple back the canvas to its wood.

Step 8. Finally, use the Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer by spraying it to the canvas.


I promise you, once you have successfully created your first one, you will get addicted to these Photos on Canvas. Enjoy!