Monday, March 20, 2017

Supersized Lite-Brite wall art

It was at some point after Christmas that I found an extra two boxes of LED tree lights in our basement. They’d never been opened and I didn’t know why we had them, but I certainly didn’t feel like going outside to get the Christmas bin out of storage.

I stood there, holding the boxes, and thought I should make them into something instead. I’d already wrapped an extra set around our daughter’s DIY frame playhouse, and there wasn’t anything else that would look ‘normal’ wrapped in coloured Christmas lights. Hmm.

Spoiler alert: This playhouse has since been dismantled because all of the playhome pieces (kitchen, doll bed, etc.) have been relocated to beneath the new loft bed. Sunrise, sunset. 

I looked across the room and saw a couple of canvas prints someone had given me, knowing I’d turn them into something or just repaint them. I had a total lightbulb (Lite Brite?) moment and decided to turn those strings of lights and the biggest canvas into a little piece of ’80s nostalgia.

This canvas needed a new life.

The first step was painting over the city skyline with matte black paint. I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black, leftover from when I painted my closet doors.

Remember this DIY?

Once the paint was dry, I actually measured (I know, right?) and drew a grid lightly in pencil so my light bulbs would be evenly spaced. In each intersection, I made a hole — at first with an X-acto knife, and then with a pencil.


It’s easy to poke through canvas, but the trick is not to make too large of a rip.

After I’d punched the grid full of holes, I flipped the canvas over and started poking the lightbulbs through. When I got to the end of a string, I just plugged in another and kept going ...

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