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Dec 20, 2016 12:39AM ● Published by Family Features


When your home decor needs an upgrade, but expensive, ready-made items aren’t in your budget, DIY projects can be an easy and affordable solution for revitalizing rooms in your home. One simple way to enhance the character of a room is with lighted elements.

Add a glistening, on-trend look with a lighted canvas, which features twinkling lights that dance on shimmering glitter to lend a glam look to any room. The project, designed by crafting experts at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, can be adapted to any palette; just change out the color of the glitter to match the hues in your favorite room.

For a charming, subtle accent, this frosted jar and doily not only adds quaint flair – the jar also provides a soft glow of light. It’s perfect nestled on a shelf or sitting atop a dresser with similarly styled items.

Find more creative ideas to bring a touch of light to your home decor at joann.com.

Glitter and Lights Canvas
Crafting time: 3-5 hours
Skill level: Intermediate

Supplies and Tools:

  • Foam brush
  • 18-by-24-inch canvas
  • Decoupage medium
  • Ultra-fine to coarse gold glitter
  • Craft knife
  • 3 packages battery-operated warm white LED moon lights
  • Duct tape
  • Protected work surface

Instructions:

  1. Use foam brush to cover entire canvas with layer of decoupage medium.
     
  2. Working 12 inches from canvas, dust canvas with glitter. Apply glitter so bottom is fully covered, fading into less glitter at top to create an ombre effect. Apply additional layers of glitter to achieve a thick consistency at bottom. Mix types of glitters to create dimension.
     
  3. Apply thin layer of decoupage medium over entire canvas to seal glitter. Tip: Ensure base layer is completely dry before applying top coat to avoid smearing glitter. 
     
  4. Poke small hole in back of canvas with craft knife. Push tip of moon light through hole and secure in place with duct tape. Repeat, adding holes and lights over entire canvas. Continue ombre effect by placing more lights at bottom of canvas and less toward top. Apply layers of duct tape to hold lights securely in place on canvas.

Frosted Ball Jar with Doily
Crafting time: 1-2 hours
Skill level: Intermediate

Supplies and Tools:

  • Ball jar (1-quart)
  • Frosted glass spray
  • Doily (8- to 10-inch diameter)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Hemp twine
  • 1/8-inch ribbon
  • Battery-powered tea light

Instructions:

  1. Follow manufacturer’s directions and spray Ball jar completely with frosted glass spray. Allow to dry completely.

  2. Spray working side of doily with adhesive. Press doily to jar, smoothing out any wrinkles. Allow to dry thoroughly.

  3. Use twine and ribbon to embellish top. Place battery-powered tea light inside.

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