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DIY 'Light Bright' Installation from Blueprint Magazine

DIY 'Light Bright' Installation from Blueprint Magazine

After a series of failed baking adventures I realized it was time for me to transfer my love for YumSugar and food magazines to CasaSugar and design magazines. In the spirit of the holidays I picked a Light Bright project from this month's Blueprint magazine. I must admit, I'm a much better painter and craftswoman than I am a baker so the project was definately a confidence booster. The Blueprint picture is on the left, my replica is on the right.

The Blueprint directions suggest: Start by painting a stretched canvas from an art-supply store (Blueprint used a pale-pink latex paint, I picked a light gold color because the walls of my house are all beige). Then plot out your design by penciling dots on the back, keeping them a half-inch apart. Gently press an awl through each dot to make a hole slightly smaller than the diameter of the bulb (the Blueprint creators and I both used white Christmas lights). Press a bulb into each hole; secure each with craft clue. (I skipped the glue step just in case any of the lights blow out.)


Items you'll need: Canvas (I used a 36X24 canvas I bought at an art supply store). Paint for canvas. Brushes. Newspaper/cloth so you don't spill paint. White Christmas lights. Glue. It also helps to have music and a soda or glass of wine on hand.

I'm completely satisfied with the end result. I love Christmas lights but I'm going away for the holidays this year and probably won't end up decorating a tree – that being said, I think this piece offers more than enough "bright holiday" cheer for the season.

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Annie16240510 Annie16240510 1 year
This is amazing. I want to do something like this for my daughter's room. Four of us ( me included), were all hit by an impaired driver while trick-or treating Halloween 2014. My seven year old baby was taken from me that night, and I try new ideas and do projects to try and keep her room bright and beautiful. For Christmas we got a real 4' tree for her room. We propped it up in the window and keep her blinds open, so everyone can see the beatiful white lights from the street. Christmas has passed and I tnink this will take its place. Thank you for sharing!
Debra15174249 Debra15174249 2 years
I love this idea!! I have plenty of canvases This would be awesome in a fireplace that isn't being used. Hmmmm....and we have such a fireplace too! Thanks for sharing this!!
justausername justausername 4 years
Hey I'm making this right now. Did the canvas kind of tear when you made the holes? And I was going to skip the glue part but it doesn't seem like the bulbs will stay in without it. What was your experience with this?
Punkinhead Punkinhead 5 years
This would be a great night light in a child's room. Art and function at their combined best.
christi777 christi777 6 years
My sissy sent this url to me today. I am SO glad that she did. I just LOVE this and am ready to make one myself! So many talented people out there!
kather kather 7 years
Great!!! I'm gonna make one too! :)
wren1 wren1 8 years
So cool. Thanks for sharing the idea! I think I'm going to do it for my boyfriend. He loves that kind of stuff!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 8 years
You did such a great job! I wanted to do this too, but haven't figured out exactly where I'll put it yet. I'm so sad about 'Blueprint' ceasing publication though. :( I really loved that magazine.
astanisz astanisz 9 years
I love that. I my ahve to make one of my own for the living room or entry way! Thanks for sharing! Yours turned out stunning.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
That is amazing. I would definitely say that it could easily work for any season not just the holidays. I love it. I might be stealing this idea from you but your's probably looks better than mine would.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
This is gorgeous!!
Community-Manager Community-Manager 9 years
That looks awesome, I want to make one for my house! Thanks for the idea!!!
CocoChic CocoChic 9 years
I love this! I want to make one now! ____ :star:
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