Project Idea: DIY Light-Up Wall Art

Project Idea: DIY Light-Up Wall Art

Taryn Williford
Feb 18, 2013

Need a nightlight that's not an eyesore? Some extra glow in the hallway? Want to add some sparkle to the bedroom? Or maybe you just want a custom piece of art that's totally unique. Either way, you need to try this project that uses spray paint, plexiglass and a string of bright white Christmas lights to illuminate a family's favorite phrase.

This project comes from Mandi at Vintage Revials (a reader favorite in the Home Project & DIY category of The Homies). Using vinyl letters, she spray painted reverse text onto a piece of glass and spray-frosted over the whole thing before dropping it into a wooden frame. Then, she hot-glued a string of lights behind the frosted glass. After hanging the painting and plugging in the lights, she's left with one-of-a-kind artwork that adds sparkle to the space.

It's a cool piece you can put anywhere in the house, but we especially love the idea of using this as an alternative to a nightlight in a kid's room (or a grown-up-who's-afraid-of-the-dark's room).

Mandi's project involved contructing a wooden frame from scratch, making reversed vinyl lettering, and priming and painting slick plexiglass (Follow along with the whole tutorial at Vintage Revivals). If you want to try a different version of this project with a similar result, try laying stickers down on a stretched canvas and spray painting over it. We spotted this technique at Projects Journal, with white lights hung behind the canvas on the wall.

(Images: Vintage Revival, Projects Journal)

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