Lite Brite light pegs
Poster board that is larger than the canvas
Plastic report covers with slide lock that holds papers together (see picture below)
LED Light Strip (the package I got contained two light strips)
3M Command Strips
Hot glue gun
Paint brush or sponge applicator
Paint your canvas black. Let dry.
Cut your poster board to the size of the canvas. With the extra poster board, cut to the length of the canvas. You will use this to create a stencil for the chevron stripes. Draw lines every 2 inches horizontally and every three inches vertically. Use your ruler to draw diagonal lines to create the chevron pattern. Cut out the pattern.
Stencil with lines marked off to guide where to cut.
Close-up of lines drawn on stencil.
Finished stencil with chevron pattern cut out.
Use the stencil as a guide and mark off stripes with painter’s tape. I did two rows of tape for each stripe, so they ended up to be about 2 inches wide. Each stripe is approximately 2 inches apart. I also used painter’s tape to tape off the sides of the canvas, so there wouldn’t be any glitter on the sides.
Canvas with chevron strips marked off.
You may want to do all glitter-related parts of this project outside, so glitter doesn’t get everywhere, as it is wont to do. Spray your canvas with the adhesive spray. Pour the glitter on top. Let dry.
Shake off the excess glitter and peel off the painter’s tape. Apply the Mod Podge to the glitter stripes with a sponge applicator. I applied two coats. This will help keep the glitter in place.
After taking off the painter’s tape.
Using the hammer and nail, make small holes in the black stripes for the Lite Brite lights. Space them apart as you would like. Push the Lite Brite light pegs into the holes. They stayed in for me very well – I did not have to glue them in.
First row completed. Nail holes in the rest of the black stripes.
Stick the LED lights onto the poster board. The strips I got had adhesive on the backs already. Be careful about how you place the lights, so they stay within the canvas frame in the back.
LED light stripes on the back of the poster board.
Remove the side locks from the report covers. I just used scissors to cut them off of the plastic. Use the hot glue gun to attach the side locks to the back of the canvas. This will help keep the poster board in place.
Slide locks after being cut off of the report covers.
Back of the canvas after applying the slide locks.
Close-up of slide lock on back of canvas.
Poster board held in place with slide locks.
Finishing touches: In order to keep the poster board flush against the back of the canvas, I used sticky tack to hold it in place. My LED light strips came with an on/off switch on the cord. To keep the switch accessible, I used the Command Strips to keep it on the side of the canvas. I also used Command Strips to hang it on the wall. Since the side locks holding the poster board in place stuck out a little, I stuck the Command Stripes on top of them.
Back of canvas after command strips were applied.
My original plan for this project was to have colored stripes instead of glitter with the chevron pattern. I marked off one-inch stripes, and painted them in shifts by marking off stripes with painter’s tape so I could only do a few at a time. After painting a set of stripes, letting it dry, using the painter’s tape to mark off the next set of stripes, etc., finally finishing and adding the black paint, I realized I didn’t like the way it looked. I could have just kept going with the way it was, but I wanted to have an end product that I liked and would be proud of, so I painted the entire canvas black, and rethought my original plan.
It took me awhile to figure out how best to mark off the chevron stripes. After working with it through trial and error, I finally figured out the best way to mark off my stripes. Without being prepared for failure, something like this may have caused me to give up in the past.
My last lesson learned with this project was keeping the glitter in place. I thought I would be safe if I applied extra coats of adhesive spray to the canvas after I applied the glitter. That did not work. I came up with the idea of using Mod Podge to keep the glitter in place at the very end, so by the time I applied it, some glitter had already come off. In my instructions, I advised using the Mod Podge right away, so that any future creators of this project won’t have that problem.