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DIY Lighted Canvas ⋆ Christmas Wall Decor

I go CRAZY for Christmas lights.  If we could have year round Christmas light displays then I would be one happy camper.  I know not everyone loves Christmas lights (who are you and why???) so I guess I’ll have to get by with having them once a year.  One way I love to light up the inside of our home with Christmas lights is by making Lighted Christmas Wall Art.

This tutorial will show you how to make a beautiful DIY Lighted Canvas for Christmas!

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DIY Lighted Christmas Canvas using Sharpies and Mini Lights,,, so easy!

I love the way this lighted picture looks on the mantle along with the Christmas tree when the rest of the house lights are off.  Such a warm and beautiful way to decorate for the Holiday season.

I am always on the lookout for unique and easy DIY Holiday Decor ideas.   This year I wanted to make something that I could display every year.  I made this DIY Lighted Canvas using Sharpies, Christmas lights and a 16X20 white canvas!   I think it turned out gorgeous!  In fact, it’s so gorgeous my sister begged me to give it to her and so I did!   That was one easy Christmas present for her.

Steps to make a Christmas canvas with lights

To make your own:

First up: gather all your supplies!

What you will need:

Sharpie tracing

I love using Sharpies for DIY projects because you can do so much with them.  I cannot imagine trying to make intricate lines like I did on this canvas without them!  Alternatively, you can also use a cutting machine like Cricut or Silhouette to make vinyl letters and seal them on.  I wanted this to be a project that anyone could try, though, and so I made it with a stencil.

Snowflake design

I used a stencil to make my letters and traced the stencil lightly with a pencil and then traced and filled everything in with a red permanent marker.  You can find stencils at most Craft Stores and sometimes they even have some pre-cut vinyl letters too.

Then I used a Silver Metallic Sharpie to make snowflakes all over the canvas.  I first made dots where I wanted my lights to go and then made the lines for the snowflakes.  I made sure to make 100 snowflakes since that was how many lights there were on my strand.

Poking holes in canvas

Next, I poked holes through the canvas with a sharp skewer.  You can use a skewer, an ice pick or something similar.  Don’t make the hole too big or the lights won’t stay in place.
Lights for Canvas

Then poke the lights through the holes.  I ended up using a little hot glue just around the plastic part of each light to hold them in place.  That’s it and it really is that easy to make.

Since I made this DIY Lighted Canvas in 2013, there have been a number of newer lights that have come to the market.  There are fairy lights that would work for this and any battery operated as well!   I think this would work great with any of the mentioned lights, but you may need to test out the size of the holes and also the number of holes you will need.  Lighted Christmas Canvas

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Lighted Christmas Canvas!  It makes the most beautiful Christmas Wall Decor.  I’ve also had plenty of requests from friends and family for me to make them one too.  Since my sister has this one now,  I guess I will need to make another one for myself soon too.   I am also thinking that the rest of the wall art in my house needs to be wall art with lights.

Oh the possibilities!  Have you tried this tutorial yet?  Let me know in the comments.

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Tuesday 24th of January 2023

I used this idea to make lights for a “Coffee Bar”, “Kitchen Open”, and colored light that said “Kitchen Closed” for friends as gifts.


Monday 27th of January 2020

I have lots of canvases because I used to oil paint. I'm going to do one for my son using battery operated lights. I'm going to put "LOVE" then there names on it for a everyday picture. I loved your Idea!!

Dina Gardner

Monday 28th of October 2019

I love this and want to try it! Would it still work if I painted the canvas white first and then did everything on top of it or should I leave the canvas plain as it is ..

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