This little project is one half of a "Merry and Bright" thing I'm working on for our holiday decor, which is turning out kind of awesome, if I do say so myself.
I can't wait to share our Christmas house with you (I'll be participating in Like A Saturday's Christmas Tour of Homes). I should probably be done with my Christmas decorating by one week into December, huh? I do have decorations up, but it all just keeps evolving... Ha!
Anyway. I really wanted a lit sign for the "bright" half of my "Merry and Bright." There are tons of great lighted projects out there, but I wanted something I could put together pretty quickly and without power tools. Here's what I came up with!
If you want to make one for yourself, you will need:
- A canvas
- Paint (I used Martha Stewart's yellow gold metallic craft paint)
- Pencil and eraser
- Battery-powered string lights
To start, I printed off "bright" in a font I like on a piece of paper the same proportions as my canvas. I folded the paper into eighths to give me a good idea of how to space out my letters.
I drew my grid onto my canvas and then drew out my word. When I was pretty happy with it, I painted over the letters. Then, when the paint was dry, I erased any visible pencil marks.
To light my canvas I used two strings of these battery-powered lights I picked up by the mini trees at Target.
Two strings gave me 40 lights. Looking at the back of the canvas so I could see my letters, I marked out where each light would go.
I used a pair of sharp scissors to poke holes in the canvas and just poked the lights through. I secured the battery packs to the canvas with duct tape. And done!
At night, you lose the letters a bit. My husband suggested outlining the letters, which would probably be good at night, but I don't know if I would like it during the day. What would you do? I'd love some input!
Linking up at some of my favorite parties.