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Maybe it’s the result of being a child of the 80’s, but I have a weakness for plastic canvas. I love what a versatile material it is. One of my favorite toys from my own childhood that my mom made for me is a set of plastic canvas blocks stitched together with yarn and little jingle bells inside. So in honor of the holidays and my love for plastic canvas, I made these whimsical DIY plastic canvas star lights. Click through to learn how to make your own.

Supply List:
  • Plastic Canvas Sheets — I used 14 mesh, which is smaller than most plastic canvas, and you can find it at your local craft store.
  • 8mm Jump Rings
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Star Stencil — I used this one from Fiskars (from my early scrapbooking days), but any stencil will do
  • Washable Marker
  • Scissors

And don’t forget your Christmas lights, of course.


Start by stenciling the stars onto your plastic canvas with the washable marker (DO NOT use a permanent marker or it won’t come off). Then cut them out and rinse them in water–the marker should come right off (the ones above aren’t washed yet).


Next, use your pliers to open up a jump ring for each of your stars.


Loop the jump ring into the center of your star. Repeat for all your stars.


Slide a star onto each of your lights, and gently press the ring together with the pliers. I squeezed mine as snugly as I could and had no worries about breaking the bulbs. Add on as many stars as you like in as many sizes as you’d like, and you’re done!


This is a perfect craft to do while watching your favorite holiday movie, and you can get creative with the shapes you use, too. Now go light up your holidays!

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