Remember Those Garage Sale Lights?

 

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40 x 30 Lighted Canvas Sign

Remember those stacks of lights I got at the garage sale this weekend?

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Well, I upcycled them into a new “EAT” sign for my kitchen and it is soooo cute!

 

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THIS MIXED MEDIA CANVAS HAS BEEN IN MY KITCHEN FOR 10 YEARS!

When I told my hubby that I was going to repurpose this picture his reply was: “But I love that picture.”  I told him he would love the upcycled version even more.  Since he is the cook of the family (and I pretend I am a princess when he makes dinner) the pressure was on to produce something he would love MORE.

I had to cover the tulips with several colors of acrylic paint and while that was drying I found a metal “EAT” sign on the internet and played with my computer software to make the base for the letters.

 

metal eat sign

 

I cropped each letter and changed the color to bright red with my computer photo software.

 

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EAT SIGN SUPPLIES

I have bags and bags of STUFF that would be fun to use up filling the letters with color and add some symbolism to represent US!

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First step was to cover the edges with turquoise diamond wrap.  Diamond wrap is an inexpensive way to add depth and dimension to a project.  I just cut a single strand and apply with hot glue.  Since this piece is going in a hot kitchen, I only used hot glue to apply the diamond wrap, all the pieces that decorate the letters where adhered with Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue which is a resin based glue.

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By the time I got the letters finished the paint was dry on the canvas and I used an awl and a wide round tool to punch holes in the canvas.  I used little metal collars to be a spacer between the canvas and the light bulb.  Since the canvas was a 2 inch deep gallery wrapped canvas, there was plenty of room for the light strand to hide.

 

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Then I used a combination of E6000 and hot glue to adhere the letters on to the center of the canvas.  I punched out a few holographic circles to add interest to the blank spaces.

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It looks pretty fantastic when it is lighted!!!!  Now my canvas has a new lease on life.  I made some printables of the “EAT” if you are inspired to make your own “EAT” sign.  They print out approx. 8 inches which is the exact size of my letters.  If you don’t want to make a 40″ canvas like this, you can purchase 10″ x 10″ canvases and put each individual letter on them with or without globe lights.  Just click and print the letters on cardstock!

 

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Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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