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Pottery Barn Santa Christmas glitter canvas knock-off

by: Jo

Pottery Barn Santa Christmas glitter canvas knock-off
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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.

Santa Glitter 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.

Santa Glitter Canvas

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.

Santa Glitter Canvas

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.

Santa Glitter Canvas

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.

Glitter Santa 2

Glitter Santa 3


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7 comments so far:

  • 1
    Sarah 12/11/2013 at 11:07 pm

    This is so cute. I bet the idea would even work for the Nativity as well. Thank you for the idea and getting my creativity thoughts rolling!!!

  • 2
    Teresa Mikkelsen 12/22/2013 at 8:56 pm

    Would you mind sharing the PB Santa pattern or sharing the link where you got it? I have been wanting one for years but could not afford it.

    Thank you so much,

  • 3
    Jo 12/23/2013 at 10:58 am

    Teresa, just do a Google image search for “Pottery Barn Santa canvas” and you’ll find plenty of images you can use!

  • 4
    Irish 09/30/2015 at 5:19 pm

    I Love this but I can’t figure out how to print a template to trace.. I opened the image in MS office but can only print the image the size of legal paper no matter how much I increase the size. Would you have any suggestions?

  • 5
    Chica 09/30/2015 at 6:35 pm

    Irish, try looking at the printer options when you print. Some printers will allow you to print in “poster” style, which will break up the image into several pages, which you can then tape together to create a giant template.

  • 6
    Nina Colianni 12/12/2016 at 3:55 pm

    Question, I am new to do projects like this. I am not understanding how exactly you transfer the image onto the canvas?

  • 7
    Chica 12/12/2016 at 4:07 pm

    Nina, you’ll need to find an image you like, then print it at a large enough size to cover your canvas. Most printers have a setting that will let you print “poster” style, which means the image will be so large that it takes several pages to print. Then just tape those pages together and trace the design (put transfer paper between the pattern and canvas).

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