Pottery Barn Santa Christmas glitter canvas knock-off
Last year, I attended a Christmas party at a friend’s house and became instantly mesmerized by a giant Santa Claus piece of art hanging over her mantle. She is an art teacher and told me she copied it from Pottery Barn. Well, here’s my copy of her copy!
There are quite a few versions of this floating around the internet. Just Google “Pottery Barn Santa canvas” in the images section and you will uncover quite a few. I chose an image and printed it to the size I wanted my final to be, in this case, large enough to fit on a 24×24 canvas. I painted my canvas with white paint and let it dry. I then used tracing paper and a pencil to transfer the design to my canvas.
Tape your design to the top of the canvas so you can carefully lift it to check and make sure you transferred everything before removing it.
I guess the Pottery Barn version was originally a silver metallic. That would look cool but I preferred my friend’s version — red! I knew I wanted to use glitter paint so I first basecoated with a regular red acrylic. This step is VERY IMPORTANT. If you don’t start with a red basecoat, the white will show through and you won’t get the rich, solid, glitter color you really want. Read this article on glitter painting tips for more tips and to see what I mean.
Once my paint dried, it was time for some glitter! I used Craft Twinkles, a larger flake glitter paint.
Lay it on thickly! By the time I was halfway finished, I realized it was better to squirt it directly onto the canvas, and then just use my paintbrush to push the gel-like glitter paint into place. It doesn’t run, so don’t worry about it oozing everywhere. For the thinner lines, use paint from a palette or twist a writer tip onto the jar. When it dries, it will level itself out and leave you with just a gorgeous covering of glitter. Trust me! Try it out on a scrap piece first to become comfortable.
I ended up using three full bottles of red Craft Twinkles on a 24×24 canvas. Below, you can see where I have started the glitter painting in the bottom left corner.
I am thrilled with the result! If you want to do this large-scale and on canvas, just wait for a sale at either Michaels or Hobby Lobby. The paint and glitter didn’t cost much, making this a very inexpensive, yet impactful, addition to my Christmas decor.