The inspiration for this came from my last trip to ‘Spotlight’ when I came across this awesome fabric on SALE! I thought it would look great as on a canvas as decor in my sons room. I remembered I still had some battery operated LED Christmas lights stored at home 1+ 1 = cool Glowing Galaxy Canvas!!
Of course I couldn’t make one for Mason and not for Mikayla – I also purchased some nice butterfly fabric to make a girly firefly one…’watch this space’ for that blog ;).
I was able to get everything I needed (minus the lights) at Spotlight – this is what you’ll need-
- Stanley knife
- Medium Glue Dots
- Battery operated LED lights – these were $2 at Big W & available in a range of colours -I used blue ones.
- Blank canvas
- Printed ‘Solar System’ fabric (plain star pattern would look awesome too – darker fabrics work best though).
- Nail gun or thumb tacks (I asked my hubby to do this for me at his work as he has a giant nail gun but thumb tacks would also do the job)
- cardstock and a printer or stencil to make lettering
- Mod Podge – I used a gloss but any variety would work
- Wide sponge paint brush
Start by gently stretching the fabric over the canvas and securing at the back around the wooden frame with a nail gun or thumb tacks – Nail gun is A LOT easier if you can beg, borrow or steal one ;). Then trim off any extra fabric.
I stencilled and cut the lettering “Mason” out of red cardstock. Brushed one layer of Mod Podge on and positioned each letter before coating the canvas all over again. I did two more coats of Mod Podge to secure and seal the cardstock ‘name’ to the fabric canvas.
Once the Mod Podge was dry I held the canvas up to the light and attached medium glue dots behind 20 ‘stars’ (one for each fairy light).
It was then a matter of securing each light behind the 20 stars.
Then you can hang your canvas and light it up :). The blue light works perfectly as a nightlight giving a nice gentle glow.
I hung ours next to the bookshelf where I have placed the battery pack so I can easily switch it on and off. You could easily tuck it under and secure it to the frame using a glue dot if you don’t have anywhere to sit it.