How to Turn Any Photo Into a Paint by Numbers Project

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Give your brain a break and create some beautiful art with a paint-by-number project you made yourself. Paint by numbers is a great way for even beginners with minimal painting skills to create beautiful art. Rather than purchasing a paint-by-numbers kit or by upgrading to a custom kit, you can make your own good quality painting kits from a favorite custom photo.

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Upload one of your special photos to turn it into your very own paint-by-numbers project. Whether it's a photo of family members and loved ones at a reunion, graduation or wedding, or images from your last vacation, it is much more fun to have a personalized paint-by-numbers project. It's a fun, relaxing and personalized way to create some new art for your home.

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Things You'll Need

  • Computer

  • Printer

  • Canvas paper

  • Paints

  • Brushes

Upload your own photo

Go to PBNify.com. Click on the "browse" button to upload your image.

Image Credit: Beth Huntington

Select the color palette

Click on the different colors in the photo to create a color palette.

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Image Credit: Beth Huntington

Convert your favorite photo to paint by numbers

Click the PBNify button to create a paint-by-number template.

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Image Credit: Beth Huntington
Image Credit: Beth Huntington

Save the outline and palette; then print them out. You can do this on your home printer, or go to a print shop to print a different canvas size.

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Image Credit: Beth Huntington

Prepare your paint set

Image Credit: Beth Huntington

Match the acrylic paints with the printed color palette. This palette indicates the color that's associated with each number on the outline.

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Enjoy your DIY paint-by-numbers picture

Image Credit: Beth Huntington

Grab your paintbrushes and paint away!

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