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How to Print Heritage Photos on Canvas for Fresh, Modern Home Decor

We love our family, we love our old, heritage photos.  But how do we incorporate them into our home decor in a fresh, modern way?  Print the photos on canvas and create this beautiful shadowbox!

This shadowbox contains lots of texture and vintage details in a clean, modern design. Here’s how I did it:

Supplies Used
Printing Photo on Canvas
  • Scan photo into your computer and size as desired (I am using a wallet size photo)
  • Print photo on plain paper
  • Choose a canvas scrap that is flat (iron if necessary) and just a bit larger than your photo size
  • Run a single line of dry tape adhesive (like the ATG Gun) across the top of your canvas scrap, then apply to the printed picture – put it right on top of the photo you just printed on plain paper.
  • Insert paper with attached canvas into your printer and print your picture – – you made need to help “ease” the paper with canvas through the printer
  • Trim canvas scrap around photo creating a border

Altering your canvas photo
  • Using a straight pin, pull at the edges of your canvas photo, creating a frayed border all around
  • Cover your canvas photo with Champagne Glimmer Glam using a stiff paint brush – be sure to get those frayed edges to seal them and prevent them from fraying more

  • While your photo dries – manipulate it a little – push up the edges to give it some shape and character

  • Once dry, attach pop dots or dimensional tape to back of photo – I would suggest using a good liquid glue in addition to the adhesive on the pop dots to insure adhesion since we are using fabric and textured paper

Finishing Project

And that’s all there is to it!  Thanks for stopping by the blog – have a creative day!



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'How to Print Heritage Photos on Canvas for Fresh, Modern Home Decor' has 1 comment

  1. December 11, 2018 @ 12:37 pm Michelle Wells

    Phenomenal! Stunning! Gorgeous!


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