Tips to Buying Cheap Canvas Prints
If you’re an art lover, you might really like the idea of having walls covered with enticing canvas prints and other types of wall art.
There’s something about art that makes the heart sing. How many times have you walked into a home or museum and been totally taken in by what appears on the walls?
I have a friend who has a beautiful canvas painting hanging in her guest room. Every time I walk into that room, I can’t help but be drawn in by that painting. It’s colorful, bright and cheery. And I want it.
However, quality art paintings and prints are expensive! Unless you’re living with a budget that allows for hundreds or thousands of dollars a month in discretionary income, you might not be able to justify spending tons of money on an art collection.
Luckily, there are ways you can buy canvas prints without spending a fortune.
How to Buy Canvas Prints on the Cheap
As I mentioned above, one of the potential problems with canvas prints is that they can be super expensive. It’s not unusual to find canvas prints that cost hundreds of dollars apiece.
I guess this is fine if you have an unlimited budget. However, for most of us spending several hundred dollars on a single canvas print is simply not an option.
Fortunately, spending a month’s worth of grocery money on a canvas print isn’t your only choice.
- Pre-made canvas prints of various art scenes
- Canvas prints of photos you upload from home (DIY canvas prints)
As I talk about each website that sells canvas prints, I’ll share whether they have pre-designed prints, DIY canvas prints or both.
And I’ll try and share as much as I can about what each company charges for shipping, etc. as well.
Pre-designed canvas prints are nice if you’re looking for a specific theme like Art Deco, Impressionism, etc. The DIY canvas prints can be a great way to add personalization to your art collection.
For example, you can get a DIY canvas print of your family. Or, you can create one that shows a picture of a nature scene in your yard or at your favorite place.
Whatever your art style or home décor style prefers, there are affordable canvas prints out there for you. Here are some of the best websites to check out to buy those prints.
1. Canvas on the Cheap
Canvas on the Cheap specializes in DIY canvas prints. You upload your favorite high-quality photo, they make it into a canvas print of varying sizes.
You can choose from small to large sizes such as:
As you can see, the size selection can fit any décor style. After you upload the photo, you can view it in any of the various canvas sizes.
You can also tilt the picture in various ways so you can see how the edges of the print will look. This is a nice feature of the site that I found really helpful.
The prices are super affordable too, starting as low as $9.08 for an 8×8 print. Bonus: you can also include extras such as framing, a wall mount or a wall hanging system. You can request higher quality wrapping for extra protection as well.
Shipping with the company will vary based on the size of the photo you choose to order. When I designed an 11×14 photo, it cost $14.08 for the photo and $14.80 for standard shipping. You can also choose to expedite shipping as well, but it will cost you more money.
I’ve actually ordered from this company personally. I chose a nice photo of my four kids to have converted into a 16×20 canvas print. The company did a great job, and the print came quickly: within 10 days.
Bonus: my print came in a sturdy box that helped ensure it was free from shipping damage. I’ve got the print hanging on a wall in my living room, and I get regular compliments on it.
People are always shocked when I tell them how cheap the print was to get done. These DIY prints would make a great gift for grandparents and others. Affordable and nice quality.
Have you ever heard of Redbubble? Redbubble is another site where artists are encouraged to upload their art. Redbubble then does the work of turning the custom art into products for sale.
Many of the artists will turn their artwork into t-shirts, pillows, mugs – and yes, canvas prints. The prices here are more expensive than you’d find at Canvas on the Cheap or Dresslily. However, they’re still pretty affordable.
I found 12×8 prints for sale starting in the $48 range. You’ll pay to ship and handling too, of course, depending on the size and weight of what you order. Bonus: hanging hardware is included with most canvas print orders.
This is a great place to shop for canvas prints if you’re craving originality and/or quirkiness in your home décor.
Art.com sells all kinds of varying artwork, and they’ll do DIY canvas prints as well. You can choose from framed canvas, unframed canvas or canvas sets. Canvas sets are sets of two or more prints that make up one large picture or a group of similar/coordinating pictures.
You can choose from a variety of pre-designed prints. They had lots of Impressionism and watercolor prints, prints made from photos and other styles of art as well.
The prices here were quite a bit higher than Canvas on the Cheap. For instance, a 10×8 DIY canvas print started at a sale price of $26.39. Most pre-designed prints started at around $50.
Shipping and handling charges varied depending on what type of print you are ordering and how quickly you want to receive it.
DeviantArt is a site where budding artists can showcase and sell their artwork. If you’re an artist, you can upload and showcase your artwork just for fun or for the exposure. Or, you can choose to sell your art to discerning customers.
What does this mean for the art aficionado who wants a collection of thought-provoking art? Simply that this is a great site for finding super original canvas prints.
You can purchase prints in photo form, as a print or as a canvas print. Prices will vary, but I found most artists’ prices to be very reasonable. I found several 12×18 canvas prints selling in the $35-$50 range.
DeviantArt doesn’t sell the DIY prints where you can upload your own photo and convert it into a canvas print. However, they do have an expansive, unique selection of art that you won’t find on other art websites.
If you purchase one of these prints for your home or office, there’s little chance you’ll see it hanging elsewhere. Because you’re shopping from an individual, largely unknown artists you get a large selection of hidden canvas printed gems.
Bonus: you get to support up-and-coming artists working to turn their craft into an income.
Minted is a site that sells a fun combination of stationery, wedding invitations and home décor, including canvas prints.
They do have a large selection of ideas for turning your personalized photos into framed or other creations. Minted doesn’t appear to sell DIY canvas prints, but they do have pre-designed canvas prints.
The selection of canvas prints they offer is enticing, and the prices are affordable as well. You can get many 5×7 pre-designed canvas prints starting at around $20. For an additional cost, you can choose to have your print framed as well.
When I checked the website’s shipping page, it said that all unframed art ships for $3.95 for the first item. Additional unframed items are said to ship at no charge.
However, canvas and other prints start at $4.95 for shipping depending on the size you order. Additional canvas prints will cost you additional shipping charges, again depending on size.
Dresslily sells a variety of items including handbags and accessories, clothing, shoes, and home décor. Their pre-made canvas prints are some of the most inexpensive I’ve seen.
When you look on their website, you’ll see a lot of different themed options for canvas prints. From landscape to flowers to travel, they’ve got a wide variety available. And it’s not uncommon to find prints there for under $15 before shipping and/or tax.
However, on many of the prints (but not all), there is a disclaimer that reads “Product photography is for illustration purposes only. The product sold may have minor physical differences depending on manufacturer specifications, production batch, etc. Customers should carefully consider this before purchase.”
Note that when you find canvas prints (or anything else) at a much lower price than other websites, quality may be an issue. Keep that in mind before you buy.
Etsy, the famous DIY artists’ website, sells canvas prints as well. I found many options for pre-designed canvas prints on the site. From movie scenes to landscape scenes, they had an expansive collection of canvas prints.
The site is big so I could have missed it, but I couldn’t find artists that would turn your uploaded photo into a mechanically produced canvas print.
However, I did find other fun options, such as an artist that would take your favorite photo and paint it on canvas. I also found a few artists that will take your favorite saying and print it on canvas.
All of these options were available in varying sizes. The prices varied too, depending on the artist. Obviously, the hand-painted photo canvases were a bit on the pricey side, as would be expected for a custom painting.
The pre-designed canvas prints and the custom saying canvases were mostly very reasonably priced. There’s a lot to choose from on Etsy, and a lot of original canvases you won’t find at your local big-box store.
As far as shipping and handling go, you’ll pay whatever the artist determines on their site. Most artists try to be fair when charging shipping and handling prices.
8. Society 6
Society 6 works kind of like Redbubble in that they help budding artists sell their works. You can buy artist designs on a variety of products such as tapestries, comforters, phone cases and yes; canvas prints.
The designs I found on Society 6 were fun and entertaining. This site offered photos as well as prints made from paintings.
Prices were a bit higher on this site: most canvas prints started in the $85 range. However, this is not a bad price when you’re talking unique and original art.
Many of the artists they feature on this site have a flair for the unusual. For example, one artist sold canvas prints of famous actors’ heads on the bodies of famous historical characters.
Think Bill Murray’s head on the body of a famous revolutionary figure. As with other similar sites, if you’re looking for unique canvas prints, this could be a great site to check out.
Shipping and handling prices vary depending on your order.
So, there you have it. Eight different sites where you can get affordable canvas prints. Being that many sites charge $200, $300, $500 or more for canvas prints, I think we found a pretty good selection of sites that sell canvas prints at a much more affordable price.
Luckily, we’re not just talking the run-of-the-mill big box prints either. Many of the options here features fun and unique pictures that would fit just about any decorating style.
And you can’t go wrong with the DIY canvas prints. Who doesn’t want a custom canvas print of your favorite kids’ photo or vacation scene?
Decorating your house with canvas prints is a way to bring some depth to your home décor style. And if you can do that without breaking the bank, well, that’s a double bonus.
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