First thing you want to do is blow up your pictures to desired size. I went to Fred Meyer and printed 16X20 for $12.99 a piece.
Then I had my husband cut plywood to the same size, he was able to cut groves in the back so we could hang them, but you could use picture hangers too.
I happen to have rolls of canvas, but you can use an old sheet too.
- Put your board face down on your fabric or canvas.
- Cut a little larger than the board
- Wrap sides over and staple ( I had a little staple gun)
For the corners I did it like wrapping a present, then stapled.
- Next get Mod Podge (MP), I chose Matte finish, and a foam brush.
- Paint the board fabric or canvas side up with Mod Podge then apply your picture face up. ** This is gluing your picture down.
Once your picture is dry you can now paint use the MP as a sealer.
TIP **add water to thin out the Mod Podge, as the first time I tried using the MP it showed all my brush strokes as it was too thick. I looked online how to fix that before I went on with the rest. It definitely helped. I also brushed the glue up and down, then side to side then cross ways. This was the best looking canvas after it was all dry.
I poured the glue right on the picture then I spread it out evenly.
This is the part that is scary, I thought I ruined my picture. Don't worry it really DOES dry clear. I put 4 coats on letting a day of drying in between. Most people who have done this before say wait 15-20min in between coats.
Once the glue has dried over night you can either paint the sides black like in this picture.
Another idea is take a sponge and white paint and sponge on top of the picture to create a border (See Below).
I chose to leave mind white, I did make sure I painted all the outside edges with Mod Podge to help keep everything looking like it belongs together. Ta Da all done. It cost me around $60 for all four. If I were to order this size on canvas it would cost over $400. Not to shabby.