Canvas Wall Art ~ Holiday Decor

// Author: shannonfaithphotodesign@hotmail.com // 0 Comments

Custom Holiday Canvas

{Photographer + Graphic and Web Designer | Pinehurst, NC}

I don’t usually post pinterest-like art projects, but I’m in love with the results of this one and want to share!

Background… I’ve been decorating for Christmas and have a wall that needs love.  I needed a large 30×40 print, either framed or canvas. I typically gravitate toward photography as artwork.  I have so much of that and wanted something more simplistic and seasonal.  I searched every web site and local store with no luck, so I decided to make something myself…

The criteria:

  1. Had to be painted a base color to match my Alabaster trim (I know, OCD)
  2. Had to match a silver/champagne / pearl color scheme
  3. Had to have bling (who doesn’t love bling?!)
  4. Had to be Christmasy (not sure that’s a word, but it should be!)
  5. Had to be easy enough for me to do in one day (I have no time or patience for anything longer!)
  6. Couldn’t cost too much (in case I royally screw it up… which seemed feasible)

I found a few inspiration designs online…

DIY Twinkle Light Christmas Canvas - how to make a Merry & Bright Christmas canvas with fairy lights

apumpkinandaprincess.com

Christmas Decorating Ideas-34-1 Kindesign

A lovely cupboard

Joy to the world

liluna.com

Next, I sketched an outline of my drawing on paper, several times, until I knew what the final result should look like and visualized how the colors would come together.

Then, I headed to Hobby Lobby for material:

  • A 30×40 blank canvas
  • 3 Sharpee metallic pens (gold, silver, bronze)
  • Silver and Champagne acrylic paint
  • Glitter paper

I  had the rest on-hand:

  • Extra trim paint in Alabaster (Sherwin Williams)
  • Paint brushes (1 small, 1 large)
  • LED string lights (battery-operated, 13 ft length)
  • A pencil with eraser
  • 1″ hole punch
  • Scotch tape
  • Craft glue (stick)

HOW TO CREATE A LIGHT-UP HOLIDAY CANVAS

STEP ONE: PAINT THE BACKGROUND (I used the Alabaster paint) AND LET DRY.

STEP TWO: USE PENCIL TO SKETCH THE DESIGN ONTO CANVAS. Use eraser to clean up the lines (below was a work in progress, free hand).

pencil-letters

STEP THREE: TRACE LETTERS WITH METALLIC SHARPEES.

metallic-marker-trace

traced-letters

Yes, I could have bought stencils. Freehand seemed more fun – and more personal – so I went with that.

STEP FOUR: ADD PAINT AND LET DRY. I wanted a Christmas tree, using 3 colors of metallic paint to match my home holiday decor. Just simple, quick strokes.

paint-tree

STEP FIVE: CUT OUT 1″ ORNAMENTS. I used glittery craft paper.

hole-punch

STEP SIX: ADD ORNAMENTS TO CANVAS using the craft glue.

STEP SEVEN: ADD LED LIGHTS. Tape the battery box to the back of the canvas.

These look great when turned on at night and invisible during the day!

add-lights

HERE’S THE FINISHED PRODUCT!

Finished!

The lines aren’t perfect, the paint isn’t perfect – AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT <3

Have a happy holiday season!

Shannon

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