DIY: Photo canvases

I found this instagram art mini canvas tutorial on Whimseybox awhile back and have been waiting for the right moment to DIY. Today was the day.

A few weeks ago, BF lost his best friend who passed away suddenly. It’s never easy saying goodbye, but it’s especially hard when loved ones are so young. It’s been a very tough month and while it’s easy enough to put on a smile, I know BF is hurting…a lot. I know it because I went through the same roller coaster of emotions when I lost Alison 2 years ago. So I do my best to balance the ‘Let’s talk about it.’ moments with ‘Here’s a silly story.’ moments. But at the end of the day, the best moments…the healing moments are the times when you sit back to remember.

With that in mind, I set out to tackle this very simple DIY for BF’s birthday in a few weeks. I knew I wanted to print out these photos, but I just didn’t want to frame them. I wanted them to stand out and I hope this simple gift will bring more smiles than tears over the years.

All you need to get started is a paint brush, mod podge, mini canvases, and your photos.

Because my photos weren’t instagrams, I just cut them down to 4×4 images. I did it the easy way and put the canvas on the photo and marked the photo with a pen before cutting.

Next, brush the canvas with mod podge (as it serves as your glue) and place your photo on the canvas. Then seal your photo to the canvas by brushing more mod podge over the photo. The tutorial suggests you brush the mod podge on your photo from the center out in case you get any air bubbles, but that wasn’t a problem for me.

Your photo will be cloudy, but wait about an hour for the mod podge to dry and it will turn clear. When they are dry – display, enjoy, and remember!

As Alison always said, “The greatest love is the love between friends.”


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