September 15, 2012

DIY Light-Up Christmas Canvas

I have always wanted some festive artwork to replace my regular decor and hang on the walls during the holidays! The problem is, they are hard to come by at a reasonable price. 
I decided to try my hand at painting with hopes of making something pretty to decorate my bedroom a little more for Christmas! 

I'm not much of an artist, so I wanted to make something simple. I started searching the internet for inspiration and came across this holiday card. 

It reminds me of the complete silence of winter after a fresh snow fall. Plus it looked easy to paint, so I decided to give it a shot.

To keep the project as inexpensive as possible, I took a canvas art that I had grown tired of and painted over it to give me a blank slate.

 After many, many, many coats of an off white color I had laying around, I grabbed some left over powder blue paint and painted my sky. After that dried I used white acrylic paint to begin creating the snow.

After a few coats of white snow, I sprinkled Martha Stewart white glitter on the last coat to give it a magical shimmer. ;-)

Then came the fun part as I use metallic acrylic gold, silver and champagne tone paint to create the snow kissed trees.

I then added some fluffy red Cardinal birdies to the trees.

And finally, finished it off with some Christmas lights to illuminate the whole thing.

I found the battery operated lights on ebay and used a knife to poke holes through the canvas and push each light bulb through from the back. I would recommend using a round object to make the holes as my didn't turn out so great with the knife.

All lite up! Not to bad, and not to expensive! 
It will look even better when it starts to snow outside :)


  1. Very cool! You did a terrific job on this. I couldn't paint if my life depended on it and I'm impressed with people who can. Enjoy your new holiday decor...

  2. Wow, that looks fantastic. What a great idea, especially about the lights. A perfect finishing touch!

  3. That's so pretty! It'll look even better at Christmas.

  4. O my goodness! This is beautiful! Great job! Have a great week! :)

  5. This is gorgeous! I love your inspiring blog! I love Christmas!!! Your newest follower. :)

  6. Wow, you are quite the artist -- love how your trees and birds look! Such a great idea to add the little lights & you really did it on the "cheap," and yet it looks very expensive!

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  7. Oh my wow so talented!!!! Quite the project you did but so worthwhile!!!!!! Wow fabulous work!!!!!


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