Wedding Picture Collage on Large Canvas

It’s been 5 years since Susan and I got married.  Hard to believe!  Even harder to believe that in those 5 years, we’ve yet to do anything with our wedding pictures!  We have a few displayed here and there throughout the house, but we have a TON of gorgeous pictures from our wedding.  So we decided it was time to finally do something with them.  I got the idea for a large collage on canvas from Pinterest (thank God for Pinterest!).  I love this type of photo display – it’s a great way to showcase a lot of pictures without the “clutter” of so many frames.

This project can be as complicated or as simple as you want. I opted for simplicity with this project… here’s what I did:

Step 1: Buy a big ol’ canvas and figure out which pictures you want to use.

Step 2: Lay out the photos on the canvas – arranging and rearranging until you have a layout that you like.  I wanted to use photos with both portrait and landscape orientation, but choosing one or the other would definitely make this step easier!  This is where you can get creative and make the project more complicated (if you’re into that sorta thing).  Photos can be cut into perfect squares or circles to make a nice uniform, symmetrical look.  You can also get all math-y and measure your photos and canvas and sketch out the best design based on your measurements.  All of this seemed really cumbersome to me, so I just used the “arrange, rearrange” method until I was happy.

Picture layout

Picture layout

Critical Tip!  TAKE A PHOTO OF YOUR LAYOUT BEFORE THE NEXT STEP!

Step 3:  Remove your photos from the canvas.  Decorate the canvas any way you want.  I mod podged scrapbook paper to my canvas.  In hindsight, I wish I would’ve just painted the canvas.  That would have been much easier!  If you do choose to mod podge the canvas with scrapbook paper, here’s the lesson I learned the hard way… scrapbook paper will wrinkle and bubble like crazy!  To avoid this, you must either dampen the scrapbook paper or spray it with an acrylic sealer (Mod Podge makes one).  If, like me, you miss this critical step, you can always pop the air bubbles with a small pin once the mod podge dries and try to depress the bubbles that way.

Step 4:  Once the canvas is ready (make sure it’s dry!), you can begin adhering your photos to the canvas.  I used double-sided tape, which worked well because I was able to make slight adjustments as I went.  If you use glue or mod podge, you’ll have to work fast because once dry, you won’t be able to make adjustments.

Step 5:  When you’re happy with the photo arrangement, begin mod podging!  Mod Podge recommends at least 2 coats, with a light sanding between applications.  I didn’t do this, however… I was going for simplicity (or maybe I was just feeling lazy).

Step 6:  I used chip letters (painted dark brown) to create a “3D” element to the project.  Adhered to the canvas with Eileen’s craft glue.

Wedding picture photo collage on canvas

Wedding picture photo collage on canvas

For a “simple” project, I think it turned out pretty great!

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