If you’ve ever wanted to decoupage a poster to a canvas, it can be done! Christy has a tutorial that will show you how with Mod Podge.
Skills Required: Intermediate. Your biggest concern is going to be wrinkles with such a large piece of what is essentially thin paper. You’ll want to have some experience to avoid wrinkles.
I get readers wondering all the time if a poster can be Mod Podged to a canvas. First of all, there are a few reasons why you might want to do it (in case you are wondering). It is cheaper than buying a frame, it’s definitely cheaper than having it framed professionally, and sometimes people just like the look.
Especially for a poster that feels a bit more urban and artsy, a frame might be too hoity-toity.
Decoupage a Poster to Canvas
Christy has a great tutorial for how to decoupage a poster to a canvas. And I’m going to be honest, this isn’t for first time Mod Podgers. If you’ve never Mod Podged before, this can be difficult simply because the size of the poster.
So my point is, if you’re an absolute beginner, practice using a piece of scrapbook paper. Grab a $1 wood frame and see if you can get the paper smooth with Mod Podge – no wrinkles.
You need to use water just the way she suggests to avoid wrinkles for the poster on canvas. If you are experienced and do it the way she says, you’ll be fine. Read her great tutorial at the link below.
- Canvas to fit the poster
- Mod Podge
- Foam Brush
- Gather your supplies and remove the plastic from the canvas.
- Cut your poster to size. I cut mine within the canvas size so there would be a border.
- Spread a medium layer of Mod Podge on the canvas with the foam brush. You'll want to work quickly for the next step so the Mod Podge doesn't dry.
- Wet the poster in your sink or bathtub in order to make it easier to work with. Soak the poster for about 10 seconds.
- Place the wet poster on top of the glued canvas. Adjust quickly and start smoothing out the air bubbles. Wet fingers to keep from tearing the poster.
- Gently roll the brayer on top of the poster, being careful not to tear it. As the poster dries the air bubbles will go away, but you want to get rid of them as much as possible. Let dry.
- After it dries for a few hours, add a few coats of Mod Podge on top, letting dry before coats.
- Let dry for 24 hours before hanging.
You can paint the canvas first with acrylic paint; I chose not to because I wanted the canvas to be white.
You can use a spray bottle to wet the poster, just make sure it has a misting function.
If you loved decoupaged wall art, you won’t want to miss my 20 ways to Mod Podge a canvas post. I’d also love for you to check out this other wall art: