How to Stretch Your Own Canvas

Hi, y’all! I’m enjoying an absolutely gorgeous weekend at the beach. We are staying on Topsail Island in NC. Not to gloat, but it is wonderful living only a few short hours from the beach. But, I wish you were here too. The weather is cool, but not too cold. We spent Saturday exploring the southern most tip of the island. There are no roads leading to it. However, if you own a 4WD vehicle you can get a permit to drive on the beach to park and fish. Honestly, because we were walking, seeing the beach used as a parking lot kind of ruined the view.

But, no worries, we went exploring around the point and found plenty of beautiful vistas!

Like this frame worthy gem!

What do you think? I love having vacation photos to display and remind me of the wonderful time we had.

I have been thinking about getting several of my photos enlarged and reproduced via

UPrinting is an online printing company. Visit their website and find various printing services like canvas printing and more.

I have a little tip for you: Having your pictures printed on a rolled canvas is a more cost effective way of dealing with photo enlargements. For one, you don’t have to buy a frame! And two, you don’t pay the excess charge for stretching or the higher shipping charges.

When your rolled canvas arrives you can stretch it yourself! It really isn’t difficult. You can buy canvas stretcher bars at any art supply store. They come in almost any whole inch length. And as you can see, the prices are inexpensive.

I found this YouTube video that shows how easy the canvas stretching process is.

After you’ve stretched it, why not try one of these creative ways to display your canvas(es)?

Get an extra large printed canvas and use it as your headboard.

Photo source: Anemi Hotels

View this tutorial by The Sassy Pepper to create a hanging triptych of canvases.

Photo source: The Sassy Pepper

The Sassy Pepper also shows how to dress up the edges of the canvases. Cute, huh?!

Photo source: The Sassy Pepper




Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by UPrinting. Thanks to companies like UPrinting, I am able to continue blogging and bring you great tutorials. I hope you take a moment to view the products that Uprinting has to offer. Photo canvases are only one of the products you can have printed through their website. Business cards, letterhead, calendars and greeting cards are just a few more.

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  1. Debi B
    Debi B says:

    I would love to have a canvas of my two boys and my mother(who has passed away)…As a single mom, she was always there and so inspirational. What a great wall hanging this would certainly be for the kids!
    Thanks for this giveaway and all your other great ideas.
    Debi B

  2. Mary
    Mary says:

    I would love to print a photo of my girls licking huge lollipops that “grew” from the jellybeans they planted. Expressions of pure joy & bliss!

  3. Jules
    Jules says:

    This summer we went to Martha’s Vineyard to visit my boyfriend’s family and I took a photo of the back porch of the house he spent his summers in. I have been searching for a company to print it on canvas. This would be perfect!!!!

  4. Stephanie Cleveland
    Stephanie Cleveland says:

    me, me! pick me. i have this awesome pic of the 3 of us, with our daughter it he middle holding our hands, and you only see part of our bodies and our arms. she is the center.

  5. Dana TM
    Dana TM says:

    A couple years ago the breakup here was very fast due to warm temperatures (break-up is when the snow melts and the ice on the rivers breaks up). We went to our river, and I took a picture of our kids playing naked on the riverbank, with ice floating on the water behind them. It would be either that, or a winter picture of our kids on the dogsled, pulled by our dog.

  6. Diana
    Diana says:

    There’s a photograph of a guitar that I took a few years back that I’ve been positively itching to have enlarged and printed, and this would be *perfect* for that. My husband and I are both very artsy, but usually I make him print/do the big stuff for our house, just because he does more of it and (I think) he’s better at it. But this would be a great way for me to display some of my art!

  7. Danielle
    Danielle says:

    I would love to blow up a picture of my son’s first trip to the zoo when he turned two. He was hand feeding the giraffes from the observatory deck. So adorable!!

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