Learn how to make a DIY light up canvas art for your kids, or as a gift for Christmas, or birthdays. It’s an easy craft project, and really fun to make.
I had some fun making DIY light up canvas art for my kids, and I love how they turned out! What’s even better, is they loved them even more! I started with a simple white canvas that you can find at any craft store. Keep an eye out at thrift stores, or even the dollar store, as you can sometimes find them there for cheap.
SUPPLIES needed FOR LIGHT UP CANVAS ART:
- 1 canvas – I scored mine at Big Lots for $2.50
- Acrylic Paint of your choice
- Mod Podge
- Paint brush
- Image printed out – mine was printed on a laser printer so the ink wouldn’t run.
- Ice Pick
- 1 pack battery operated lights
INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIGHT UP CANVAS ART:
- Paint the canvas with acrylic paint of your choice. My son’s favorite color is red and my daughter’s is blue so those are the colors I went with. Once done, let dry.
- For my daughter’s I wanted some clouds so I painted some white clouds on her canvas with acrylic paint and let dry.
- Print out your image. I’m sure you could used photo paper too, but I printed out the images I wanted on good old paper using a laser printer.
- Cut your image and space out how you would like it to look on your canvas.
- Mod Podge the back of the image(s) and stick to the canvas. You might have to hold them in place a bit to make sure they’ll stick as paper tends to curl. After they were staying in place I Mod Podged over the top of the images and onto the canvas. Again holding them down to make sure they sticked. Once that had settled I decided to Mod Podge lightly over the whole canvas and images again. Let this dry well.
- I took out my battery-operated lights (mine came from Dollar Tree). I roughly planned out where I wanted my lights to be measuring them out on the front of the canvas. I used the ice pick to poke holes through the canvas where the lights would go.
- I turned the picture over and taped the base to the back of the frame inside the wood setting. You could hot glue it as well. I just wanted the flexibility to change my lights in and out if they die. I pushed the lights in the holes.
*The only thing I would change is that I didn’t realize how long each LED light truly was. I ended up pushing them through a little more than I wanted to because the bulb was so long it pushed against the wall when I hung them not letting them hang flush. I might change them to regular lights… we’ll see.
My son loves superheroes.
My daughter loves Night Fury – Toothless
I had fun doing theirs so I made one for myself. I painted my picture and then just added the lights to it.
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