10/31 | DIY Constellation Canvas

The stars are incredible. They light up the night sky on clear nights but on cloudy nights you can’t see them at all. They are always there though! I loved learning about the stars and constellations in second grade and I still love looking at the sky and finding the constellations, especially the Big Dipper and Little Dipper. Today’s project is totally inspired by the magnificent sky!
DIY_constelation_canvas_that actually_lights_up
You will need:
a rectangular canvas | Americana Decor Maxx Gloss in Patent Leather                                  Dazzling Metallics Paint in Shimmering Silver | craft knife                                                        battery operated LED string lights
Step 1: Paint your canvas with a generous coat of Maxx Gloss in Patent Leather. This is going to create a shiny, night sky background. Let this base coat dry to the touch.
Step 2: Using a thin paint brush, paint the outline of your constellation with the Dazzling Metallics Shimmering Silver. I went with the big dipper because it is my favorite constellation.
**Tip** It is best to first mark where the stars are and connect them with lines of paint.
Step 3: Use the craft knife to create holes where the main stars of the constellation are. You will want to create an X shape at each location. This is where the lights will go!
Step 4: Splatter the Dazzling Metallics Shimmering Silver all over the canvas to create the illusion of lots of stars. A good technique for doing this is to flick a paint-filled paint brush about 8 inches above the canvas. Allow for the canvas to dry completely.
Step 5: Once dry, flip the canvas over and push a light through each of the holes just far enough that the bulb pokes through.
I absolutely love how it came out! Now I have a DIY constellation canvas that ACTUALLY LIGHTS UP! It looks so cool lit up and hanging on the wall. Don’t you just love turning blank canvases into awesome room decor? I know I do.
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