Make Your Own Canvas Light Project

October 20, 2017

in DIY


About The Author: Callum Mundine is the co-owner of a small family owned lighting design business L.E.D World in Australia. They specialise in LED Track Lighting and Art Gallery Lighting. In his spare time, he likes to create DIY projects (like this one) with his children.

Making your own wall-art is the perfect way to add some ambience to a room. As well as looking great in kitchens, living rooms, nurseries, virtually anywhere in your home, they also make amazing, personal gifts.

For this project, I decided to paint an abstract picture and decorated it with gold glitter. I love the contrast it makes with the blue and it really helps illuminate the canvas. A single shade will also look great with the lights, so don’t worry about being too artistic and have fun getting creative.

Supplies and Tools:

  • Blank canvas (any size or shape)

  • Acrylic paint

  • Paintbrushes or sponges

  • Craft supplies (glitter, stars, etc…)

  • LED Lights (white or multicolored)

  • Masking tape

  • Precision knife

  • Pencil and permanent marker (optional)

Step 1

To keep your workspace clean, lay the canvas down on some old towels or newspapers. Once you’ve settled on a design (or just go with the flow), get as creative as you like and paint the background. Acrylic paint dries quickly, so it’s a good option for cutting down on time.

You can add a decorative touch with glitter or other craft supplies, or write your favourite book quote over the paint once it’s dry. To do this, write it out in pencil, and then trace over your writing with a permanent marker.

Step 2

Once the canvas is completely dry, turn it over, and use a pencil to mark where you want the lights to go. Try to create a similar spacing to the bulbs on your strand of LEDs. Next, use a precision knife to carefully poke small holes in the canvas for the lights to come through.

For larger canvases, it’s probably better to use long LED strands. Shorter ones have between 10 and 20 bulbs, whereas longer ones have about 100.

Step 3

Push each light through the holes you’ve made, just enough to see the bulb come through on the other side (you don’t want the lights to hang out). Then secure them in place using some masking tape on the back.

If you want to avoid the cord hanging out from the canvas and down the wall, you can go for battery-powered LEDs. Some also come with built-in timers, so you can set the lights to come on for a few hours every evening and avoid having to turn them on and off.

Step 4

Hang your canvas or place it on a bookshelf, and step back and admire your handiwork. Decorating your home with something you’ve made yourself is so satisfying I bet you won’t be able to wait to get started on the next project.

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Isaac November 14, 2017 at 8:33 pm

That looks insanely cool. I can't believe you got the lights to shine in from behind the object like that! Super rad! 🙂

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