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 pulled a little DIY trick to turn my pictures into a canvas!

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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 Metallic 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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