I am so excited about this DIY Christmas project. Last summer I saw this pin and emailed the blogger to find out how she had made her light up Christmas canvas because I had to make one!
I liked her “Merry and Bright” but I decided I wanted my canvas to say “for unto us a Savior is born”. I designed the words in my Silhouette program and then printed them in two different colors because I really want the “Savior” and “born” to stand out. Then I spray painted the words “for unto us” and “a is” with a glitter paint I’d found at Michael’s. I liked the glitter paint it because it had lots of blues and purples in it, just like my peacock themed Christmas tree.
While the spray paint was drying we put the lights on the canvas.
To put the Christmas lights into the canvas I used a screw driver to puncture the canvas. I tried pushing the lights through on their own but they were stretching the canvas too much. This screwdriver worked perfectly.
My husband helped me by holding the canvas while I punched the holes.
After punching each hole, my husband would push a light through it. We were joking around that it was like using a Light Brite, remember those?
Here’s what the canvas looked like, from the back, when we were done. I only used a strand of 50 lights because I didn’t want the lights to be too overwhelming.
Once the spray paint was dry I transferred the letters onto the canvas by hand.
To make sure the words wouldn’t fall off I used Mod Podge and painted over all the letters.
Once the Mod Podge was dry I put the canvas up on my mantle and plugged it into the other lights.
I love the sparkle and glow the Christmas lights give off!
This light up Christmas project was really easy and I get TONS of compliments on it! The whole project cost me about $23: $20 for the canvas and $3 for the spray paint, and I know I will love it for years to come! It officially my new favorite Christmas decoration!
What is your favorite Christmas decoration in your home?
If you like this Christmas project you might enjoy some of my other Christmas projects for this year: