When it comes to decorating, I’ve posted about some of my DIY remodeling ideas but I have never posted a fun decorating project! Well, today changes all of that. Look!
I was inspired to do something Ashlee’s proejct on I’m Topsy Turvey. I really like what Ashlee did. I don’t have a cricut or any other die cutting type machine. As a result, I didn’t have a way to make cool shapes like she did. So, I had to free hand it. As a result, I though it would be fun to have a message glow. Here’s what I did.
I first purchased a canvas from Hobby Lobby using a 40% off coupon. Click here to get yours! I then decided that I wanted to have a message on my canvas along with some dots. My vision was that when the canvas illuminated the dots would look sort of like stars. So, I went to my printer, chose a font and printed D-R-E-A-M as large as I could. Then I went to a copier and enlarged it some more. I cut out each of the letters and then placed them on my canvas where I thought I would like them to go.
I now needed to transfer these letters onto the canvas. I removed one and took my pencil and colored in the back side of the paper.
I re-positioned the letter onto my canvas, letter side up, and traced over edges of the letter with my pencil.
Once the letters were done. I decided that the lid from a pop bottle was the size I wanted my dots to be.
Using this as a template, I drew a lot of dots on my canvas.
I decided to paint the background of my canvas the same color as my walls in my room. So I took my artist brush and painted the background. I painted this twice to help make sure brush strokes did not come through when the canvas would be illuminated because I wanted the “dream” to come through. Also, since I did not have removable stickers/die cuts/etc, I couldn’t create random strokes with my paint what would also make illuminated brush strokes not as appealing.
Tip for painting sides of projects like this. Place your canvas on food cans to elevate it off your work surface.
Next I wanted to add some colorful dots. I chose to not fill in any of the dots that were currently white. Instead, the additional dots were painted on top of the painted background areas.
Using some paint pens, I decided to outline “DREAM” in brown so it would be more visible during the day and I used a white one to outline the white dots just to clean them up a bit.
Since all the white areas of the canvas were exposed fabric, I was afraid they would collect dust and get dirty. To hopefully combat this future problem, I also painted on a light coat of acrylic sealer.
Next, I found some white Christmas lights at Goodwill for $1 and I stapled the to the wooden stretchers on the back of the canvas.
Notice the top left corner of the back of the canvas. That is the plug in end of the string of lights…don’t accidentally staple this too short when attaching the lights to your canvas.
Now, just find a good place to hang it!
I do love how it glows at night!