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DIY Canvas Art for Kids With Posters

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DIY poster art with photo of Lana Del Rey

Posters are an easy and budget-friendly way to add art to your child’s bedroom. Framing posters with simple black, white or gold frames can create a more polished look – but since I love the look of art on canvas, and already had most of the supplies on hand, I chose this option. I also liked the idea of creating canvas art for my kids while keeping it budget-friendly so that when their tastes change, as they often do, I haven’t spent too much. Personally, I don’t like the look of posters tacked to the wall but if you do, no judgement. Whatever works.

Note: My kids have long since outgrown the posters they originally chose for this project but because I didn’t spend a lot, I can simply sell the poster art shown in this post on Craigslist and redo this project to suit their current age and taste. 

DIY Harry Potter poster art on canvas


DIY Personalized Poster Canvas Art

An easy and economical way to create art for your kids room using posters, artists canvas and acrylic medium.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time9 hrs
Course: DIY Home Decor
Cuisine: DIY Projects
Servings: 1 poster
Author: Kim @ A Life Adjacent

What You'll Need


If you purchase a canvas that's the exact size of your poster, this will save you the hassle of cutting the poster down to size. You can also chose a canvas slightly larger than your poster to create a small frame around the edge.


If it’s necessary to cut the poster to size, lay it down with the back side up. Then, place your canvas on top of the poster and use a pencil to trace around the edge of the canvas. Cut the poster slightly inside these lines.

Paint the edges of your canvas any colour to act as a frame for your poster. Black and gold look sharp, but if you want to save yourself time and effort, leaving the edge of your canvas as is works as well. Although, even when I want a white edge on my canvas, I still opt to paint the sides with white acrylic paint to give the finished piece a more finished look. Let the paint dry before proceeding to the next step.

DIY Lana Del Rey poster art
Next, spread a thin layer of gel medium with a paint brush on half the canvas, roll your poster up, and carefully line up the edge of your poster with the edge of your canvas. I find working slowly, by only covering half the canvas with the gel medium, and unrolling the poster carefully makes for the simplest, most even application.

Once you’ve unrolled your poster to the middle of the canvas, apply another thin layer of medium to the bottom portion of the canvas and continue the process of slowly unrolling your poster. The slower you go, the more perfect the application. Also, don’t apply too much medium or you will risk tearing your poster.

After the poster is completely applied to your canvas, use a wallpaper spatula or other flat instrument such as a credit card to carefully smooth out any bumps or wrinkles. Although, for the Harry Potter poster, I opted to leave some of the wrinkles on the surface of the poster as I thought they added some drama that suited that particular poster. For the Lana Del Rey poster, I went with a smoother finish.

Lana Del Rey DIY poster art
Once the poster has dried in place for a couple hours, apply a generous coat of medium directly on top of the poster itself. Work your way down, spreading it evenly over the poster, making sure to cover all exposed paper. Don’t leave any spot untouched by the medium as it will set the poster and protect it from dust and dirt. You can also add depth by carefully adding more medium, and following the lines of the poster to add texture in the appropriate areas.  Again, work carefully so as not to compromise the poster paper.

DIY canvas poster art in girl's bedroom
Let your art dry overnight before hanging. Or for a more casual look, you can lean the poster against the wall as shown above.


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