Finger Paint DIY Photo Canvas: A Tutorial

This is the 13th post in the 15-Day Blog Writing Challenge.

Today, I am doing something completely different. I am sharing my first-ever DIY Tutorial. For Father’s Day my daycare kids created amazing gifts for their Dads. I loved how they turned out so much I had to share. The great thing about this DIY Photo Canvas project is you can make it as a gift for any occasion or simply as a keepsake for your own home. It is a fun arts and crafts project to do with the kids!

I drew my original inspiration for the project from one of my favorite crafty blogs – LiterallyInspired.com. Ginger did an amazing tutorial about creating a DIY Canvas from your favorite photo. I took this idea and altered it a bit to make it more kid-focused.

Finger Paint Photo Canvas

Finger Paint Photo Canvas Final

Here is how you can make yours:

Step One: Gather the materials – A blank canvas (I used an 8 X 10 size), two sponge brushes, mod podge, clear acrylic sealer, finger paint, and a photo. I used a 5X7 photo and edited it at PicMonkey.com, which is my favorite free online photo editing program. I added text and chose an effect that made the photo look like it was faded on the edges.

You need a canvas, finger paint, modge podge, two sponge brushes, clear acrylic sealer, and a photo.

You need a canvas, finger paint, mod podge, two sponge brushes, clear acrylic sealer, and a photo.

Step Two: Allow your child to finger paint on the canvas. I use washable paint because I am always terrified of allowing my kids to touch paint I can’t wash off any surface. It’s your house though, so that is your call. Let the paint dry (I used a hair dryer to speed up the process).

Finger Paint Photo Canvas 2

I always use washable finger paint, but you can use whatever type of paint you are comfortable with.

Step Three: Once your canvas is dry, use one sponge brush to layer on the mod podge all over the canvas. Put a little extra in the middle where the photo will be placed.

Apply the mod podge all over the canvas and put a little extra where you will place your photo.

Apply the mod podge all over the canvas and put a little extra where you will place your photo.

Step Four: Gently place your photo on the canvas and use the same sponge brush to layer the mod podge on top of the photo and all over the canvas. I used horizontal strokes over the photo.

Apply the mod podge over the entire canvas including the photo. You will remove the excess off the photo with your clean sponge brush.

Apply the mod podge over the entire canvas including the photo. You will remove the excess off the photo with your clean sponge brush.

Step Five: Use the clean sponge brush to gently wipe the excess mod podge off the photo. I used vertical strokes to remove the excess. Allow mod podge to slightly dry.

Step Six: Spray the entire canvas with the clear acrylic sealer. I allowed it to dry and then did another coat of the sealer.

Once the mod podge is somewhat set, spray the entire canvas with the clear acrylic sealer.

Once the mod podge is somewhat set, spray the entire canvas with the clear acrylic sealer.

And there you have it, a cool looking and fun Finger Paint Photo Canvas you can do with the kids. Please share this on Pinterest by pressing the Pinterest button at the end of the post if you love this idea!

finger paint photo canvas pinterest tutorial

 

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About 

Nicole Dash is a writer, blogger and business owner who lives in the suburbs outside Washington, DC with her husband and four children. She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2006 started a child care business. In 2012, she launched Tiny Steps Mommy, a lifestyle and parenting blog that quickly gained a following and connected her to an expansive group of women-owned businesses. In 2013, she started a digital marketing consulting business that focused on growing community in an authentic way. Through those connections she was inspired to open Play, Work or Dash, a coworking space that also offers onsite childcare up to three hours per day. It is where like-minded professionals pursue their business goals with the extra level of support parents desire; a place where you "bring your kids to work." She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community. She has been published on The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode and Pop Sugar.

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  1. I love this!

  2. Thank you for sharing this finger paint photo canvas! I’ve ordered photos on canvas before, but this is an even more personal way of doing it. Lovely!

  3. Won’t the hodge podge make the finger paint smear?

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