Saturday, January 26, 2013

Glitter Chevron Canvas Tutorial

Two of my favorite things are glitter and chevron so I was very excited to throw a pink and grey chevron themed baby shower.  I knew I wanted something dramatic for over the fireplace and decided I was going to make a giant glitter chevron canvas.  I found several tutorials on Pinterest, but ultimately I combined a few different ideas to make this project work for me.  I'm not going to lie, this project is very intimidating, but with a little patience it is totally worth it.

I started with a 30x40 canvas.  I wanted my chevron to be even and symmetrical (I have a weird thing with symmetry) so I used 5 inches as my measurement since the length and width of the canvas are both divisible by 5.  If I have already lost you I suggest you buy the exact same size canvas and copy me. 

 I started off by marking off every 5 inches along all 4 edges with a small pencil mark.  At first I was afraid to make the marks, but they are super tiny and nobody will ever even notice.  Next, I attached strips of ribbon at each mark from the top to the bottom.  Make sure to pull tight.

Repeat the same step attaching the ribbon width-wise across the canvas, starting at the top (my photo is obvi not at the top, but you get the idea).  Make a small pencil mark at each intersection.  Repeat this step at every 5 inch mark, working your way down the entire canvas.  You are basically making a giant dot grid.

Next you are going to play a little game of connect the dots with tape. 

To get straight lines on the tape I used a rotary cutter on my cutting mat.  Easy Peasy!

Now it's time for glitter!  I bought the chunky glitter from the kids craft aisle at Hobby Lobby.  I was a little nervous it was going to look cheap, but it turned out perfect!  Start by applying a thick layer of Mod Podge with a foam brush, working one section at a time.  Generously apply glitter.  As you can see from the photos, I had to do this entire project inside the house because it was raining outside.  If you can, I would recommend getting your glitter on outside!  I vacuumed for days trying to clean up the glitter!

Next is the hardest past.  Be PATIENT!  Allow plenty of time for the canvas to dry.  Once it it dry shake off the extra glitter and remove the tape.

Finally, enjoy your masterpiece!


  1. Hi! I love ur tutorial and u did an amazing job! One question, did the glitter scrape off the canvas easily after it dried? I want to make this and hang it on the wall in my room!

  2. Thank you! My plan was to seal it after it dried, but the glitter did not flake off so I decided to skip that step.

  3. You are so creative! It looks great! Where did you buy your canvas?

    1. Thank you! I bought the canvas at Joann Fabrics. I watched them for a while and I think I bought it for 50% off

  4. crafty mccraftersonAugust 20, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    I love your idea and really want to make this before the end of the summer. But I just have one question. I understand how you put ribbon on the canvas, but how did you Mark the canvas-where the two ribbons met or did you draw a line on each side of the ribbon?