How to Make A Metallic Canvas

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I’ve been meaning to share my Metallic Canvas Pictures for a good two months, but keep forgetting to take pictures of them! I used my lab, Black River Imaging to make the amazing metallic prints, then pulled a little DIY trick to turn them into a canvas!

Make your own canvas

First of all, let me just say how much I LOOOVE Black River Imaging. Whether you are a pro photographer or an amateur/mom photographer, they’ve got something for you. They are a professional lab, but anyone can open an account. There are so many fabulous things they can do with pictures/designs that are PRO quality! They sent me the metallic prints to “review” for all of you, but all opinions are my own.

When we took our family pictures last May in St. George, Utah, amidst the orange rock, I was so THRILLED with how they turned out. I mean, I took a tripod, ran, and we only took about 20 pictures total. Of those 20, I now have 10 hanging on my wall! My kids were rockstars that day, and I love the variety of images we got. So of course I had to hang them all up! It was a sad day to take down the Vintage Windows I turned into picture frames, but it was time. And, they didn’t go too far. They are on the stairwell wall now.

I love the look of the metallic prints. It’s a subtle, different look on prints that give them a fun sheen. Everyone that comes over can tell it isn’t a standard print, but they can’t quite put their finger on it. Some have guessed that it’s actual metal! They are a bit more expensive than standard prints, and I got a lot of them, but I think it’s worth it for something more unique.

DIY Metalic Canvas

Since I have such a big wall, I knew I had to do something big. After thinking about it for a while, I eventually came up with this idea.  I purchased 10 canvases at my local craft store.  They came in a two pack for $8.  You can watch for them to go on sale or buy them with a coupon to help with the cost.  I then got the spray glue (Elmer’s) and doused each of my prints on the back, and carefully attached them to make sure the edges lined up.

Here is how I measured with paper traced the same size. My husband helped me measure it all out with a lazer level. I wanted it straight and even on the wall. I despise measuring, but it’s got to be done.

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After I had it up and felt satisfied, I used thumb tacks to make holes where they needed to go. It’s an EASY hanging solution!


  • 10 craft canvas
  • 10 16×20 prints
  • 2 bottles spray glue
  • 20 thumb tacks

Here are a few more angles, the metallic is also tricky to photograph, with the sun and glares!

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This image has a bunch of glare on it, but it’s a good pull back shot of the wall from my Living Room, and you can see parts of our Family Room on the other side.

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I am REALLY happy with how they turned out!!! I’d used the spray glue on something else and the picture peeled off, so this time I made sure I got complete coverage–TWICE so it would adhere well.


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Thanks again to Black River Imaging for the quality Metallic Prints! Check them out for your photo needs! I ordered my Christmas cards with them, and can’t wait to share them with you!!  See the professional album I made with Black River Imaging and my Christmas Cards last year.

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