DIY: Love in Lights ~ A Canvas Craft Project

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Image credit: North West Wedding Photographer Katy Lunsford

Today I wanted to share with you a craft project I recently tried out. I had been looking for something a little bit quirky and original for my home office, which with a skylight as it’s only window can sometimes feel a little dark and closed off from the world.

I wanted something that would not only look pretty but also add some shine and sparkle to the room. Two ingredients I think are key to life. I also wanted to artwork to represent me and Pocketful of Dreams in some way, Pocketful of Dreams is my blog but also my wedding planning business. It’s all about celebrating Love so what better way to represent this than to create a Love in Lights canvas?

 

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Image credit: North West Wedding Photographer Katy Lunsford

The idea behind it is also something I feel would be perfect at a wedding or other event, especially if you have an expansive blank wall to fill or need to add light and texture to a dark corner.

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Image credit: North West Wedding Photographer Katy Lunsford

 

YOU WILL NEED

  • Blank white canvas ~ I picked mine up at The Range, a homewares and craft superstore, for about £8
  • Paint ~ I chose a purple acrylic and also mixed this with a silver acrylic for a more textured feel
  • White card ~ To print your chosen letters onto
  • Scissors
  • Single Punch tool ~ I used one like this
  • Fairy lights ~ I chose ones which had quite a long and thin end that would stick out from the canvas and create a really 3D effect, there were also about 120 lights on this string.
THE HOW-TO

{one} To make the Love in Lights canvas was quite simple, first I printed out the letters L, O, V and E onto pieces of white card (one letter per sheet of A4) and cut them out to use as a template. I used quite a plain bold font to make it easier. Something like Arial or Helvetica Bold should do the trick.

{two} Then I placed the letters on my canvas and drew around them with a pencil.

{three} Using the punching tool (you can use anything really for this, as long as it has a sharp end and isn’t too wide) I began to punch holes around where I had marked on the letter shapes in pencil. This gave me an outline to follow. Then I punched a few more holes in the centre of each letter, just randomly and not too neat. I also made sure I matched the number of holes to the number of lights on the string.

{four} Once all the holes were in place I then painted the canvas with the purple acrylic, I wanted quite a textural feel so I also mixed a little of the silver acrylic over the purple so it looked faded in parts, keeping the outside edges quite dark. As well as painting a little silver acrylic inside the letters to give the light something to bounce off.

{five} Once the paint had dried I began pushing the lights through the holes from the back of the canvas, securing in place with masking tape.

You can of course match this to any colour scheme by choosing paint to match, I would say even household paint would work here and you will find so much more colour choice too. The secret is in having enough light, so make sure you pick fairy lights that have 100 or more bulbs on them. Finally if you are going to display this somewhere then bear in mind that you will also have a trailing wire to plug-in, mine isn’t hanging in a wall but resting on top of a sideboard so the wire can hang down the back.

 

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Image credit: North West Wedding Photographer Katy Lunsford

So there you have it, Love in Lights, I hope you like it. Special thanks goes to North West Wedding Photographer Katy Lunsford  for taking these lovely images of my canvas wall art.
Michelle xx
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