Have you ever made gifts for Christmas or other holidays? These light up pictures are one of my favorite gifts to make. They are cozy, Christmasy and glittery. And they light up! What could be better?
What’s better is that these pictures are easy to make, cost about $4, take about an hour, and almost everything you need can be bought at Neiman Marcus. Ha Ha. No, not Neiman Marcus. Everything can be bought at the Dollar Tree!
The picture above is made from a gift bag. This year, I had the idea to make custom light up pictures for 3 of our neighbors featuring their home at Christmas time. Here’s how those turned out:
Here is what you’ll need:
- Picture frame
- 8 1/2 x 11 or 11 x 14
- I used 8 1/2 x 11 for photos, and the larger size for the gift bag pictures.
- Display Easel
- Silver, Gold or Black
- Floral Garden LED Lights
- Requires 2 AA batteries
- Scotch tape
- Hot glue
Step 1: Decide what you are going to light up. I have used Dollar Tree bags with pretty scenes on them. I have also used photos of homes. If the picture is not glittery, spray glitter on. This gives it a magical quality. You can get two pictures out of one Dollar Tree bag. Just spray glitter on the side without glitter.
Note: For the pictures of homes, my son took the photos at night using his iPhone. Then I went to the library where I resized them to 8 1/2 x 11 inches before printing them.
Step 2: Decide where you want the lights on your picture. There are 12 lights, each about 4 inches apart. You’ll want to end with the last light near the bottom right corner (as you are facing the picture.)
Step 3: Put the batteries in the LED lights and have them on when you tape the lights in place. This way, you can check to be see you are putting them in the right spot. For some pictures, I have poked a tiny hole in the picture for the light to shine through. For most pictures, I prefer the light shining through the paper without a hole. It’s a “softer look.”
Step 4: Almost done! Put the picture in the photo frame. Put the back on. Hot glue the light switch on the bottom right with the switch on the outside for easy access.
Step 5: Put the picture in the display easel. I squeeze the display easel so as to make the picture stand up straighter, i.e. – so the picture does not lean over so much. When buying these display easels at the Dollar Tree, check them out to find the best ones. You’ll know what I mean once you see them. Ya ain’t at Neiman Marcus, ya know!
Step 6: Give your gift, and prepare for compliments!
Here’s a couple other light up pictures I made:
I’ve also thought about making these light up pictures featuring people’s campers. Imagine the moon up above with the light shining through. Now wouldn’t that be fun? I hope you enjoyed this holiday craft. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for reading, and Enjoy the season!