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Illuminated LOVE canvas

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DIY Illuminated LOVE Canvas lit up

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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.
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Supplies

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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
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Awl

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Awl

This is an awl. You will be using this to puncture holes in the canvas to stick the lights through the LOVE template.
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Print the LOVE template

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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!
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Cut out each letter

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Cut out each letter

Place the cut out letters on the canvas.
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Place the "O" at an angle

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Place the "O" at an angle

Play with the angle of the "O" on the canvas until you think it looks right.
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Finish arranging the letters on canvas

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Finish arranging the letters on canvas

Hint: The top of the letter "L" should be about 4" from the top of the canvas.
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Adjust spacing as necessary

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Adjust spacing as necessary

This may take a few minutes to get the LOVE letters perfect.
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Tape letters into place

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Tape letters into place

Carefully tape all the letters to the canvas.
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Trace around the letters

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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.
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Remove the paper letters

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Remove the paper letters

Once you're done outlining the letters, remove the paper templates that make up each letter for LOVE.
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Begin painting the letters

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Begin painting the letters

Paint inside each letter with the red acrylic paint.
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Start with the edges

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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.
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Continue filling in the letters

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Continue filling in the letters

Be careful to apply the paint evenly.
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Add additional coats

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Add additional coats

Complete two or three coats of paint.
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Allow canvas to dry

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Allow canvas to dry

Allow the paint to dry thoroughly, preferably overnight.
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Tape template back in place

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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.
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Locate your awl

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Locate your awl

Line up the awl on the first dot on the letter template.
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Puncture the canvas

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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).
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Check the back of the canvas

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Check the back of the canvas

Make sure the awl traveled completely through the canvas.
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Remove and discard the template

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Remove and discard the template

Remove the paper template on the first LOVE letter and inspect your progress.
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Continue working through each letter

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Continue working through each letter

Repeat this process until all the holes in the word LOVE have been completed.
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Now you can add the lights!

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Now you can add the lights!

Grab your Christmas lights.
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Insert the first light

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Insert the first light

Start at the lower right corner - the letter "E" - and place the light closest to the plug there.
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Push the bulb through the hole

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Push the bulb through the hole

Push a light through each hole.
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Move to the next letter

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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."
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Skip one bulb

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Skip one bulb

As you move on to the hole at the top of the letter "L," you'll need to skip one light.
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All holes filled

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All holes filled

Now that all of the lights are in place in the canvas, heat up the glue gun.
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Stand up canvas

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Stand up canvas

Now that you're done, carefully stand the canvas up so you don't dislodge the lights.
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Clean up the holes

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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.
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Add picture hanging wire

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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.
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Admire your handiwork

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Admire your handiwork

Flip the canvas over and make sure all the bulbs are still in the proper place.
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Light it up

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Light it up

Now just plug it in and let your DIY canvas shine!
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