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Illuminated LOVE canvas

#1/35: DIY Illuminated LOVE Canvas lit up
#1/35: DIY Illuminated LOVE Canvas lit up
Inspired by the famous Philadelphia landmark, this DIY illuminated LOVE canvas will bring a little warmth and a lot of love into your house.
#2/35: Supplies
#2/35: Supplies
16" x 20" white canvas, strand of 35 white lights, awl, LOVE template, tape, pencil, red acrylic paint, paint brush, scissors, small sharp scissors or cuticle clippers, hot glue gun, picture hanging wire
#3/35: Awl
#3/35: Awl
This is an awl. You will be using this to puncture holes in the canvas to stick the lights through the LOVE template.
#4/35: Print the LOVE template
#4/35: Print the LOVE template
Start by printing out the LOVE template PDF. Each letter prints out on a 8.5" x 11" piece of paper and is perfectly sized to fit the 16" x 20" canvas. However, if you want to create your own LOVE design, have at it!
#5/35: Cut out each letter
#5/35: Cut out each letter
Place the cut out letters on the canvas.
#6/35: Place the "O" at an angle
#6/35: Place the "O" at an angle
Play with the angle of the "O" on the canvas until you think it looks right.
#7/35: Finish arranging the letters on canvas
#7/35: Finish arranging the letters on canvas
Hint: The top of the letter "L" should be about 4" from the top of the canvas.
#8/35: Adjust spacing as necessary
#8/35: Adjust spacing as necessary
This may take a few minutes to get the LOVE letters perfect.
#9/35: Tape letters into place
#9/35: Tape letters into place
Carefully tape all the letters to the canvas.
#10/35: Trace around the letters
#10/35: Trace around the letters
Try to be light with your pencil marks when you trace on the canvas so they won't show through the paint later on.
#11/35: Remove the paper letters
#11/35: Remove the paper letters
Once you're done outlining the letters, remove the paper templates that make up each letter for LOVE.
#12/35: Begin painting the letters
#12/35: Begin painting the letters
Paint inside each letter with the red acrylic paint.
#13/35: Start with the edges
#13/35: Start with the edges
It's helpful to use a small, square brush and paint the edges of each letter that makes up LOVE before filling them in.
#14/35: Continue filling in the letters
#14/35: Continue filling in the letters
Be careful to apply the paint evenly.
#15/35: Add additional coats
#15/35: Add additional coats
Complete two or three coats of paint.
#16/35: Allow canvas to dry
#16/35: Allow canvas to dry
Allow the paint to dry thoroughly, preferably overnight.
#17/35: Tape template back in place
#17/35: Tape template back in place
Once the paint has had a chance to dry, gently tape the paper letter templates back in place on the canvas.
#18/35: Locate your awl
#18/35: Locate your awl
Line up the awl on the first dot on the letter template.
#19/35: Puncture the canvas
#19/35: Puncture the canvas
Use the awl to punch through each hole on each letter template that is marked (these are spaced just right for the string of 35 lights).
#20/35: Check the back of the canvas
#20/35: Check the back of the canvas
Make sure the awl traveled completely through the canvas.
#21/35: Remove and discard the template
#21/35: Remove and discard the template
Remove the paper template on the first LOVE letter and inspect your progress.
#22/35: Continue working through each letter
#22/35: Continue working through each letter
Repeat this process until all the holes in the word LOVE have been completed.
#23/35: Now you can add the lights!
#23/35: Now you can add the lights!
Grab your Christmas lights.
#24/35: Insert the first light
#24/35: Insert the first light
Start at the lower right corner - the letter "E" - and place the light closest to the plug there.
#25/35: Push the bulb through the hole
#25/35: Push the bulb through the hole
Push a light through each hole.
#26/35: Move to the next letter
#26/35: Move to the next letter
Once all of the holes in the letter "E" are filled, move over to the letter "V" and then "O."
#27/35: Skip one bulb
#27/35: Skip one bulb
As you move on to the hole at the top of the letter "L," you'll need to skip one light.
#28/35: All holes filled
#28/35: All holes filled
Now that all of the lights are in place in the canvas, heat up the glue gun.
#29/35: Stand up canvas
#29/35: Stand up canvas
Now that you're done, carefully stand the canvas up so you don't dislodge the lights.
#30/35: Glue lights in place
#30/35: Glue lights in place
Working from the back of the canvas, apply a thin bead of glue around the plastic part of the light to help keep it in place in the canvas.
#31/35: Clean up the holes
#31/35: Clean up the holes
Flip the canvas over and use small, sharp scissors or cuticle clippers to trim away the excess canvas that was pushed through by the awl.
#33/35: Add picture hanging wire
#33/35: Add picture hanging wire
Attach picture hanging wire to the back of the canvas so you can mount it on the wall; you can skip this step if you'd rather display the illuminated LOVE canvas on a shelf or mantle.
#35/35: Light it up
#35/35: Light it up
Now just plug it in and let your DIY canvas shine!
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