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diy project: illuminated firework art

by Halligan

For this project, I was inspired by Philadelphia. I live in a city so full of American history, and everyone loves to celebrate the Fourth of July here! Fireworks fill the city skies, and people go all out. This year, I wanted to decorate my home with an alternative to the normal red, white and blue color pallet and use some of the old photos I’ve collected from flea markets. These little works can be enjoyed as wall art or can make a great night light. You could also make fun Independence Day greeting cards using the same techniques! — Halligan

See the full how-to after the jump!

  • old photos with as much sky as possible
  • scanner and printer
  • paint
  • small brush
  • gold leaf and gold-leaf adhesive
  • deep frame
  • light-proof tape
  • short string of twinkle lights
  • glue stick
1. Scan your photo at the highest DPI possible if you are going to expand the image. Stretch to the size of your frame and print.

2. Glue your print onto a piece of thick, black card stock and cut to fit tightly into the frame.
3. Using your brush, paint and gold-leaf the fireworks. You don’t need to be a great painter for this! Make sure to practice before applying the paint to your image.
4. Use a needle to poke holes in the photo, following the outside lines of the arms of your fireworks.
5. Put the image into your frame, and place your lights in the back of the frame.
6. Tape along the edges to keep a tight fit.

7. Add the back of your frame. I used an IKEA frame with enough room for the cord; however, you may need to cut a hole to enable the cord to get out. Run your light-proof tape along all four sides of the frame’s back.

8. Enjoy your new artwork with the lights on or off! Happy Fourth of July!

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