A Day of Firsts – Paper Bag, Canvas, Lights

I love learning new things and today was FULL of them!
I belong to a Facebook group called “Getting Crafty with Mod Podge“. It is jam packed with talented people, all willing to share their ideas, creations, and knowledge. They are always there to lend a hand or cheer you on. I have learned more in the past couple weeks than I learned in a lifetime. They are an awesome group, you should check them out.
A week ago, one of the ladies shared an amazing lighted canvas she had just done. When she explained how she did it, I was shocked. The picture was a Dollar Tree Gift bag she had Mod Podge to the canvas, decorated with glitter and snow, and then poke holes for lights. It was stunning. I wanted one of my own!!

So I went in search of all the things I needed. I went to the Dollar Tree and picked a few bags I really liked. They didn’t have any lights or canvases, so I had to make due with what I had. Of course my canvases were too large and my lights the wrong kind, but I went on with the project.

Lighted Canvas with Paper Bag


This is the bag I chose. After cutting the bag apart I noticed one side had a fold that I just knew I wasn’t going to get rid of. So I chose this side for my “First” attempt.


As you can see, the canvas is much longer, so I decide to paint the canvas to help blend the edges on to the canvas.


I tried to find some blues that would match the bottom of the bag. Got my black for the top and of course, my Matte Medium.


First I covered the whole canvas with my Medium. I always use it. Makes the paint stick so much better.


Then I started painting and blending. Trying very hard to match it to the bag.


I let the paint dry and doubled checked the color and got ready to Mod Podge it.


I then covered the canvas in Mod Podge.


Then I laid the bag on the canvas and tried to remove as many of the air bubbles as possible. I then cover the bag with Mod Podge.


As you can see, I had a bit of trouble with the edges of the bag because it was so thick.


After the Mod Podge dried I did a bit more painting and blending to hide the edges.


Then I used my paint markers to touch up the words and to add a bit more snow and details.


I then added a couple more coats of Mod Podge to seal it.


After the Mod Podge was dry I got batteries for my lights and some painters tape to hold them in place.


Now remember, this is my “learning” canvas. It is not a gift, and because I only have 1 set of lights and do want to make another canvas the right way, I am only taping these. You should glue them.


I poked a hole in each headlight and taped a light to each hole. Then I spread the others to give the illusion of a road. I really like this.


I really love this project and I truly plan on making it again. Next time with the right size canvas and lights.



I hope you enjoyed my Day of Firsts and maybe you will learn a few things like I did. Trust me, once you do your first one, it won’t be your last. These are really gorgeous. Also if you are looking for some awesome inspiration, check out Getting Crafty with Mod Podge on Facebook.


Thank you again for stopping by and I will see you soon,


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5 comments on “A Day of Firsts – Paper Bag, Canvas, Lights

  1. I love this. Thank you for giving a good tutorial as to how to do this process.

  2. I love your step by step!

  3. Kathy Ryan on said:

    You did an awesome job of matching paint colors and adding your own personal touches. Looks like a pro in the making. Especially from a still wanna-try it’er. LOL..However, I think I enjoyed AND appreciated your easy, well worded instructions. It’s so frustrating to see a craft you like and would like to give it a try yourself but there are no instructions . Thank you and keep on moddgin’. 😉

    • I thank you for the compliments! I know exactly how you feel about how frustrating not being able to find instructions. I tend to give it a try no matter what. Like I said, I might not do it the “right” way, but I will do it! LOL