I made light up canvas art for my kids for Christmas. It’s easy and fun!
1 canvas – I scored mine at Big Lots for $2.50
Acrylic Paint of your choice
Image printed out – mine was printed on a laser printer so the ink wouldn’t run.
1 pack battery operated lights
- 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.
I’ll be making a new light up canvas art on Hometalk’s Facebook Live DIY – November 26th at 7pm EST.
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You can see my other Light Up Canvas Art Pieces Here:
Easy Light Up Canvas Art