Do you have a little Jedi on your hands? I have one, and he is caught up in the craze of all the movies and eagerly anticipating the newest release. We are in the process of converting his “baby room” into a Star Wars haven and while I bought some store-bought items, I also wanted to add my own personal touches. So I created some art using just a few craft supplies already had on hand. Note: affiliate links used in post.
You can use the force to whip up these two cute canvasses and add a little Star Wars flair to your child’s room. Using glow in the dark paint gives your art a little glow at night that makes it really special.
Now, I consider myself crafty but I am not at all an artist, so I always try to find the simplest way to create what I have in mind. This is no exception. Anyone can do this – even the kids, with a little help. The hardest part is waiting for the paint to dry between steps.
- Two 8×10 canvases
- black acrylic paint
- silver acrylic paint
- glow in the dark paint
- letter stickers
- 1 inch painter’s tape
How to Make Your Own Star Wars Canvas Art:
- Cut 2 10-inch long pieces of painter’s tape.
- Cross them over each other in an asymmetrical X, pressing firmly onto canvass from one end to the other.
- Paint black over entire canvas, included the sides. Allow to dry for at least 1 hour, then add a second coat of paint.
- Dry canvas for 2 to 3 hours or overnight.
- Peel off tape carefully; you should have pretty sharp lines.
- Use the lines as a guide and paint the top two-thirds – one red light saber and one blue light saber. Paint the bottom third (the handle) silver.
- Dry for 1 hour or until completely dry.
- Paint over red and blue with a thick coat of glow-in-the-dark-paint.
- Use the end of a small paintbrush to draw details on the handle of your light saber.
- Allow to dry; your canvas is ready to hang.
If you would like to make the second canvas with a quote or your little Jedi’s name:
- Paint just the surface of the canvas with a thick coat of glow in the dark paint, dry completely.
Use a good quality letter sticker to spell out whatever you like, pressing letter stickers down along all edges. If your stickers are not very tacky on the back you will not get a clean edge on the words.
I also added some dot stickers to give the appearance of stars.
- Paint over entire canvas, including edges, in black.
- Dry; add a second coat.
- Once completely dry, remove letter stickers carefully. The easiest way to do this is to use the edge of a razor blade to lift the corner and peel back.
- That’s it, your second Star Wars canvas is done. The glow in the dark paint will “charge” during the day, and at night your exposed areas will glow. Cool!
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