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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
#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!
#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.
#32/35: Avoid getting glue on the bulb
#32/35: Avoid getting glue on the bulb
Try not to get any glue on the bulb, though. You will have two extra lights left over at the end. You can tuck these away on the back of the canvas or hot glue them to the frame so they don't show from the front when you light it up.
#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.
#34/35: Admire your handiwork
#34/35: Admire your handiwork
Flip the canvas over and make sure all the bulbs are still in the proper place.
#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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