Acute How-To: Instagram Canvases

Ever since Instagram opened its application up to Android users such as myself, I have been seriously addicted. If you follow me (@AcuteDesigns) you will see daily pictures of my food, my dogs, myself, and everything in between.

Rather than leaving those photos in my phone or cyberspace, I decided to print a few of my favorites and transform them into canvases.


  • Mod Podge (I used the glossy kind)
  • Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium (I found mine at the craft store, in the same aisle as the Mod Podge)
  • Sponge brushes and paint brushes
  • Square artist canvases (I used ones that were 6”x6”)
  • Printed Instagram photos

Method One:

  1. Grab your favorite photos from your Instagram account. You can do this by emailing yourself the photos. Or, if you post them to Twitter or Facebook, you can grab them that way.
  2. Insert the photos into a Word Document and size them so that they are the same size as the canvases (in my case this was 6”x6”), then print.
  3. Cut out the photos and discard the excess paper.
  4. Use a paint brush to drop a few tiny globs of  Mod Podge on a blank canvas. Carefully set a photo on top of the canvas (right side up) and paint over the entire thing with a lot of Mod Podge.
  5. Smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles with your fingers and allow the glue to dry (about an hour). If need be, add a second coat.

Method Two:

  1. Follow Steps 1-3 from Method One.
  2. Using the Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium, paint all over your photograph with a heavy coat.
  3. Flip the paper over and carefully press onto a blank canvas so that the photograph side of the paper is touching the canvas.
  4. Smooth down any wrinkles with your fingers and flip the canvas over. Place a heavy book on top of the back of the canvas in order to press the photo onto the canvas.
  5. Let the Photo Transfer Medium dry for at least 24 hours. Once dry, wet a clean sponge brush and rub the paper off of the canvas. I started in the middle of the photo and went in slow circular motions with the sponge. I had to re-wet my sponge at least once for each canvas, but be careful to not add too much water.
  6. Once all the paper is free from the canvas you will have a nice, vintage-looking image.

Hang your canvases or display on bookshelves.


**When removing the paper from the canvas in Method Two, you might find it easier to rub away the paper with your fingers once it has been dampened. Note, Method Two takes a little patience in order to get all of the paper from the photo. The end result is worth it, but try not to “rush” by saturating the canvas with water – you will only end up with a mess!

**Parts of the photo might wear away with the paper in Method Two, but that is ok. Each one will be unique and I think small blotches give it character!

**I found it really hard to remove all the air bubbles and wrinkles in Method One, so I gave up trying to do so. In the end, I liked the way the photos had a slightly wrinkled look. The texture gives them more depth.

Author Description

Regina Morrison is the owner of a small handmade accessories business, Acute Designs, and a freelance writer. She recently escaped her 9-5 job and is actively pursuing a life as a handmade business owner. Read about her journey and business on her blog, where she posts daily. She currently lives in San Diego with her husband and two crazy dogs.

19 Responses to “Acute How-To: Instagram Canvases”

  1. July 19, 2012

    niamh Reply

    Great idea. Who doesn’t love some of the pics they create with Instagram and this is the perfect way to bring them into your home. Love it!

  2. July 19, 2012

    Laura Reply

    Love this!! Thank you for making it so easy to understand, I love photo tutorials and Scoutie Girl 😉

  3. July 19, 2012

    amanda Gynther Reply

    Fun photo tutorial!

  4. July 19, 2012

    Ann-Marie Stillion Reply

    I have done a bit of this and putting it on wood or a hard surface worked best for me. Also, sometimes I paint another color or two which shows through wherever there is no image.

  5. July 19, 2012

    tremundo Reply

    Nice post! A little tip that helps with smoothing the “wrinkles” is to slightly dampen the back of the photo with water before applying to a canvas or any other surface.

  6. July 20, 2012

    Rachel Lucie Reply

    Great tutorial. I just need to choose which ones!

    I tried to find you on instagram…but couldn’t. Must have got it wrong… :S

    I’ve heard lots of talk about ‘modge podge’ any ideas what the UK equivalent is, or what actual type of glue it is – PVA, Copydex? Thanks :)

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  8. November 17, 2012

    Tighe Reply

    Confession: I’m a Mod Podge virgin….so please forgive my rookie questions….I’m trying to find easy and budget-friendly projects for Christmas gifts and I stumbled upon this project. Do I print my pictures on regular ole printer paper or photo paper?


    • November 18, 2012

      Gina_AcuteDesigns Reply

      Regular paper works best! Photo paper will be a little too thick.

      • November 18, 2012

        Tighe Reply

        Great! I’m assuming I should print from a laser printer?

        • November 18, 2012

          Gina_AcuteDesigns Reply

          Yeah, that’s what I did. I have a really basic HP printer and used that to print out my pics :).

          • November 18, 2012


            Thank you so much for your help. Wish me luck!

  9. November 25, 2012

    Carolyn Reply

    In Method One, do you just leave the photo on there?

  10. I just started using Instagram for my blog but my teen has been using it for quite awhile for her photography. This is a great way to get her photography on my walls. Great transfer method. I will definitely try it.

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