DIY Snowman Lighted Canvas Pictures + Free Printable

Lighted canvas pictures can add a beautiful glow to any room. Use these steps to create your own DIY Snowman lighted canvas to celebrate all that is fun about winter.

DIY Snowman Lighted Canvas Picture


Who knew one word could instill so much emotion?

Yet, I have found that there seems to be only two sides to this equation. Either one LOVES snow, or LOATHES it. Or maybe it’s just those who are the most passionate on the topic, that speak up on social media.

Regardless on what side you stand, there is one thing that I think makes snow better all around.

Cute DIY snowman lighted canvas pictures!

So if you are feeling a little down about the white fluff on the ground, I hope that making one of these will put a smile on your face. And if you are one of THOSE people who actually LIKE snow (more power to you), here is a fun reminder of all that is fun about winter. 😜

(Just in case you were wondering where I stand on snow, I kind of feel neutral about it. I like it for a short time and then I’m ready for it to melt….. Hmmmm! Not sure that is allowed, but there you have it! Ha ha)

Supplies for snowman lighted canvas pictures

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Materials You Need:

  • A blank stretched canvas (I used a 16×20 canvas for one of my pictures and a 14×18 for the other) Make sure you use the stretched canvas so you can poke holes in it and hide the light wires behind it.
  • 50 count blue LED christmas lights (I like the lights with the blunted ends like this so they don’t stick too far out of the canvas)
  • Permanent markers of various colors (Try these fun metallic markers for the spoon)
  • Stencils or other letters you can trace.
  • A straight edge (aka, ruler or something else that is flat and gives you a straight line) 😁
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tack, nail or other sharp object (I used a felt furniture nail on pad)
  • Hot glue gun
  • My free snowman printable available in my free resource library. (You can get the password by signing up at the bottom of the page)

Steps for Making Snowman Lighted Canvas Pictures

Step 1: Print and cut out my free snowman printable.

Ok. So, if you want to free hand the snowman, I am totally behind you 100%, but if you want a little help, you can print off the snowman here. (Get the password at the bottom of the page) For a 16×20 canvas you will need to print off a 11×14 print. If you are using a smaller canvas, you can adjust the paper size.  In most .pdf readers, you can select your paper size on the print option and click “fit” to adjust the printable.

After you print out the snowman, use a scissors to cut it out.

Cutting out snowman template for lighted canvas pictures

Step 2: Trace the snowman and add detail.

Position your snowman to the right of the canvas. Take a pencil and trace around the snowman LIGHTLY! You want to be able to erase the pencil marking if you make a mistake.

Tracing snowman on canvas with a pencil

When you have finished drawing the outline of your snowman, move the template off and start adding the details in pencil. We will be moving to permanent markers soon, so you want to have an idea of where you are marking before you get carried away.

Adding pencil detail to canvas

Step 3: Color in your snowman with permanent markers.

Ok. Take a deep breath, grab your permanent markers and make your first mark on the canvas. Phew! Now that you are committed, color that snowman in whatever colors you want!

Using sharpies to color lighted canvas pictures

This is the fun part, so don’t be shy. πŸ™‚

Step 4: Trace the letters onto your canvas and color them.

Use the straight edge to draw straight lines on your canvas to guide your lettering and keep your words straight. Use stencils or other lettering templates to trace the letters along your lines. I ended up using magnet letters that I had at home, because I liked the size.

Tracing letter onto canvas pictures

Color the letters in. I used a black marker for the text and filled the center of “MUG” with silver to make it stand out, but again, this is totally up to your creativity.

At this point, your canvas should look something like this:

Snowman and text on canvas

Step 5: Add Lights to Your Snowman Lighted Canvas Pictures.

Now, this step may seem a little wrong, but you are actually going to rip holes into your canvas, so grab your sharp object (nail, tack, etc.) and get ready.


Don’t just start poking the canvas like a crazy person! There is some strategy in this.

First, determine where you want your first light to go. I recommend a bottom corner. This is the side that will have the plug that will plug into the wall, so you need to figure out what outlet you are planning to plug into and make sure the cord will reach.

If you want to pencil in 50 small pencil dots so that you know approximately where your lights are going, you can do this now. However, treat these pencil marks more like guides, not set in stone light points. Your light strand may not allow you to go exactly on these dots.

Ok. Now that you know where your first light is going, take your sharp object and poke it into the canvas. Use circular motions to widen the whole and make it large enough for your light to fit through.

Poking holes in the canvas to insert lights

Use a hot glue gun to glue the light below the bulb. Push the light through the back of the canvas so that you can only see the bulb sticking through the front. The glue will help hold the light in place and strengthen the hole you made in the canvas.

Using hot glue gun to glue light bulbs to lighted canvas pictures

Repeat for the next 49 light bulbs and sing to the tune we all know well: “49 light bulbs left to go, 49 light bulbs left… Poke one in, Do it again, 48 light bulbs left to go.”

Note: It is important to work with the strand of lights. You don’t want to make a light go in a position that puts pressure on the canvas. Work with the wires and choose locations that don’t pull on the canvas once the light is installed.

Lights poling into the back of lighted canvas pictures

Step 6: Draw the snowflakes.

Gently place the canvas on a flat surface. Draw snowflakes around each light bulb with permanent markers. These don’t have to be complicated, so don’t stress too much.

Don’t worry! If your hand starts to cramp up and you need a break, I’ll be waiting here until you come back.

Drawing snowflakes on lighted canvas

Step 7: Display your new snowmen lighted canvas pictures around your house and add some warmth to your winter decor with these fun friends :).

Completed snowman lighted pictures
Snowman lighted canvas picture at an angle.

Here is one I made as a gift where I free handed the lettering.

Red snowman lighted canvas pictures
Lighted canvas pictures

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Hopefully these steps were easy enough and you now have a reason to celebrate snow (or at least cute snowmen pictures). I also hope that you had fun making these lighted canvas pictures, because that is what these projects are about: You taking time to make something that you enjoy.

Where do you stand on snow: LOVE or LOATHE? Or are you like me and are in between?

Want to try your hand at a simple canvas painting? Try this DIY birch tree painting tutorial.

Want to remember this for later? Save it to your favorite DIY Pinterest Board.

Snowman Lighted Canvas

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