Wall Décor

Published on April 25th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Turn an Ikea Poster into Canvas Art

Materials: Poster of NY, Mod Podge, Blank Canvas, Sponge Brush

Description: I am having the hardest time finding art for my house. I just can’t find what I like!! However, I did find this poster at Ikea for about $10. I am not crazy about poster frames or glass frames in general for art, so I turned this poster into a hanging canvas.

What you’ll need:

1. Cut your poster to size. Mine was about 2-3 inches smaller than the canvas.
2. Spread glue on the canvas. I used Mod Podge and a Sponge Brush.

3. Work fast for these next steps. You don’t want the glue to dry on the canvas. Wet your poster. Yes, I said wet your poster. I used my bathtub for my larger poster. You must wet the poster in order to make it easier to work with. Trust me. Soak the poster for about 10 seconds.

4. Place the wet poster on top of the glued canvas. Try and place where you want the poster to permanently stay. Every second that passes makes adjusting the poster that much harder. Start smoothing out the ripples and air bubbles. Wet fingers to keep from tearing the poster.

5. Keep checking your poster and try to smush down the air bubbles. When the poster dries, most of the air bubbles will disappear. Don’t panic. There’s a fine line between getting rid of all the bubbles and tearing your poster.

6. After it dries for an hour or two. Top the poster with a coat of glue (or two!).

7. Let dry for 24 hours and hang.
8. ENJOY!!! The poster will not be perfect. Almost but not perfect. The more variations in the poster (color and pattern) the better for this project.

See more of the IKEA canvas art.

~ Beachbrights, Houston, TX

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Jules Yap

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6 Responses to Turn an Ikea Poster into Canvas Art

  1. Jason Marlow says:

    The water ruined my poster. Maybe you should be specific as to what kind of poster is used… I just used a high quality art print from all posters.

  2. Beachbrights says:

    @Tina I used modge podge glue for under and over…dries clear. You can buy MP in matte or glossy finish.

    @DJinny Email me and I will send you an up close photo (assuming my camera skills will let me!). beachbrights (at) gmail (dot) com.


  3. I’ve tried this, but never knew about the wet part, and it was a disaster – thank you for sharing the secret!

  4. m.winter says:

    This turned out great!

    May I suggest http://shop.deviantart.com/ for artwork? They have canvas prints! :D

  5. DJinny says:

    Great idea!

    Although I would love to see the result in a close up…


  6. This is such a great idea! I have a question. Did you use the Mod Podge glue for both under and on top of the poster? I assume it dries clear?


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