DIY Light Up Christmas Art
Decorate your home this Christmas with an easy DIY! This light up Christmas display art is so easy to customize so you can create any scene that you wish. The plan provides a template for this particular tree design so that this artwork can last all winter long, even after Christmas is over!
Circular Saw (cordless)
- 1 Board , 1x4 , 96"
- 1 Plywood , 3/4" Thick , Quarter Sheet
Hardware & Supplies
- 2 20 light battery light pack
- 20 1 1/4" pocket hole screws
Cut List & Parts
- 1 Backdrop , 3/4" x 14" x 16 1/2"
- 1 Back Tree Scene , 3/4" x 12" x 16 1/2"
- 1 Front Tree Scene , 3/4" x 10" x 16 1/2"
- 2 Top and Bottom Frame Pieces , 3/4" x 3 1/2" x 16 1/2"
- 2 Side Frame Pieces , 3/4" x 3 1/2" x 15 1/2"
This project is SUPER easy to customize. I made mine with a tree scene, but the possibilities are endless. And so are the size options. I dug around in my scrap wood pile to find some pieces of ¾” plywood that would work for this and I’ve listed the sizes I used in the cut list. However, you may want a different design and that may use some different sizes of plywood. So this isn’t set in stone. Either way, gather some scrap plywood OR cut the sizes you wish from a ¼ sheet of ¾” plywood if you don’t have any scraps.
Paint the Backdrop
In my project, I used a ¾” piece of plywood about 14” tall and 16 ½” wide for the backdrop of the scene. I went ahead and painted this how I wanted my background to look. I did a navy and white ombre effect so that it would look like the night sky, but you can paint however you wish.
Cut Middle Scene Piece
While the paint dries, grab your two other pieces of plywood and begin drawing the scene you’d like to make for your piece. I’ve provided a template for exactly what I did in the extras tab if you want to do trees like mine. Or, feel free to freehand your own design as desired. Draw the middle scene first and cut out the design with a jig saw (or scroll saw if you’d rather). Sand any rough edges smooth.
Cut Front Scene Piece
Now, either using the provided template OR your own design, draw out the scene you want for the front onto the remaining piece of plywood. Make sure to make this design slightly smaller than your piece from step 3 so that it doesn’t hide it too much when you put it all together. Cut out with a jig or scroll saw and sand the edges smooth.
Cut Frame Pieces
Cut to fit pieces of 1x4 to fit around the sides of your background piece according to the cut list to create kind of like a shadow bow. Drill ¾” pocket holes into the ends of the 16 ½” pieces.
Assemble the Frame
Attach one bottom and two side pieces like shown using 1 ¼” pocket hole screws. You will attach the top piece later.
Install Scene Pieces
Paint your scene pieces and frame as desired before attaching them together. Then, drill ¾” pocket holes along the back sides of your scene pieces. Attach these into the bottom of the frame using 1 ¼” pocket hole screws so that the front piece is flush with the front of the frame and there is about ½” space between the front and middle scene pieces. Check out the video in the extras tab for more details.
Attach Frame Top
Now install the frame top piece using 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.
Cut Out Cubby for Battery Packs
For this project, I used 2 battery powered light sets with 20 lights each. Once I had my lights in the project, I needed somewhere to put the battery packs. So I cut out a little hole in the back drop piece so that it would be hidden behind the big tree to place my battery packs inside. Make sure you cut a hole large enough for your particular battery packs.
Using some painters tape, line the scene with one battery powered light set. You can use the painters tape to keep the wires in place. Make sure the battery pack reaches to the back cubby.
Drill 3/4" pocket holes on the edges of the back drop piece and install like shown using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws making sure the battery pack fits into the cubby.
Using a drill bit SLIGHTLY larger than your battery lights, drill "stars" into the back drop and place the lights through the holes from the back side. Secure wires in place with staples OR painters tape. Make sure the battery pack reaches to sit into the cubby hole.
Add Hanging Hardware
This piece can be hung on the wall with a sawtooth hanger like shown, or can simply set on a console table, or shelf. Simply pull the battery packs out of the cubby, flip the switches, and set it back in place. Check out the video in the extras tab for more details.