This #RhymeTime is based on a Nursery Rhyme that has wonderful memories for Adam and I. Since the day he was born I have sung “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” to Adam every night. Now Adam enjoys alternative versions such as “Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate bar” and “Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Light“.
After our Humpty Dumpty Egg Splat painting I have been wanting to expand Adam’s collection of artwork displayed on the wall. Due to the personal significance of this Nursery Rhyme I decided to create a DIY Twinkle Twinkle Little Star canvas.
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Adam and I went shopping for a 30x40cm canvas similar to this one.When we got home we realised the canvas had a small hole in. Normally this would have been an issue but not for today’s project! We covered the canvas in black acrylic paint, ensuring the four edges were also painted. We left the canvas to dry overnight before adding our stars.
We took the black canvas outside and covered our table with a shower curtain. The idea had been for Adam to use his fingers to splatter the yellow acrylic paint off of the paintbrush. However, despite now loving hand printing Adam found this one step too far. As he didn’t enjoy the process I quickly adapted the activity. I held a rounded lolly stick whilst Adam pushed the paint brush onto it.
This method meant I could ensure that the paint was evenly distributed around the canvas. The shower curtain contained any mess and went straight into the washing machine.
Once the yellow paint had dried it was time to add the light up element of our canvas. I pushed a screwdriver through the canvas to create 20 holes.
I made sure the holes were spaced around the canvas. I then inserted battery operated fairy lights so the wires were hidden at the back of the canvas. The individual lights stayed in place by themselves. I sellotaped the wires down and secured the battery pack underneath the wooden frame inside the canvas.
Our DIY Twinkle Twinkle Little Star light up canvas was complete. All that was left to do was turn on the lights and admire Adam’s masterpiece.
There are many ways this canvas could be adapted. You could place the battery operated fairy lights so that they formed your child’s initials or their age. They could also be placed to create the celestial formation of a child’s star sign to celebrate their birthday. I can see us creating more DIY light up canvas’ in the future!
* Shower curtain (optional)
* Paintbrush (optional lolly stick)
* Screwdriver or other sharp object
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