Are you decorating for the holidays? I actually had all my decorations out before December 1st, including the outside lights. This almost never happens! Each year I like to create some new pieces to display in our home. I had an idea to create a lighted Christmas tree canvas using my Cricut Explore.

DIY Lighted Christmas tree canvas - create this festive art piece easily with the Cricut Explore

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Supplies needed:

I started with a 12-inch x 12-inch canvas that I purchased from Michaels.


I designed my layout in Cricut Design Space™. I created a white square canvas that is 12 x 12 inches. I added the Merry Christmas lettering and a tree. To get a feel for the placement of where the 20 lights would go, I added little stars to my Christmas tree design. I welded all 20 stars together and then attached them to the tree so they would cut together. 

Lighted Christmas Tree Canvas - Cricut Design Space File

Cricut Design Space File: Lighted Christmas Tree Canvas

Once I had the design figured out, I started cutting out my design. There is a custom setting on the Smart Set Dial for both adhesive foil and glitter vinyl. The design cut out the adhesive foil first.


Then I cut out the adhesive vinyl.


Note: If I were going to do this project again I would use glitter iron-on instead of glitter vinyl. The vinyl had a hard time sticking to the canvas, so I ended up having to add some adhesive around the edges after I applied it to the canvas.

Weed out all the excess stars from your tree shape. Using the weeding tool can be really helpful. I used the design on my app to help me figure out where all the stars were on the design since they can be a little hard to see on the glitter vinyl.


I totally saved all those little stars that I weeded out on the sides. I am not sure what I am going to use them for, but they were so cute and sparkly!

I added the tree to the canvas by carefully peeling it from the backing and laying it on the canvas. You could use transfer tape, but for a large shape like this, it isn’t too hard to do it without it.


Next, weed all the excess from your adhesive foil letters.


I used transfer tape for this detailed design. If you try to transfer a design like this by hand, the pieces will often stick to each other, ruining your piece. Start by applying a piece of transfer tape over the entire design. Use your scraper tool or a popsicle stick to transfer the design from the backing to the transfer tape.


Peel the design from the backing.


Line up your design on the corner of the canvas. The clear transfer tape makes it easy to line everything up perfectly. Then, using a popsicle stick or your scraper, go over the entire design to transfer it from the tape to the canvas. When you peel off the transfer tape, go slow. Use your scraper, as needed, to be sure your design is actually on the canvas.


Note: I place a book underneath the corner of the canvas inside the frame while rubbing the design onto the canvas. This helps to transfer the design without the canvas shifting.


Using an X-Acto knife, cut little x’s inside each star shape. This will allow you to push the lights up from the back side of the canvas without ripping your design. I started at the top and worked my way down.


I taped the battery pack in place using some Scotch tape, so I can still remove it when the batteries need to be replaced or taken out for storage.


I love the way this canvas turned out. My Cricut makes it so easy to cut out so many different types of materials. This was my first time using the adhesive foil and I love it! It has such a pretty shine in person.


DIY Lighted Christmas tree canvas made with Cricut Explore


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Laura Silva

2 Comments on Lighted Christmas Tree Canvas

  1. Thank you so much for sharing. As my home is very small, I can’t find the space to put up a Christmas tree and making something like this or similar will make my home feel more Christmasy.

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