Jack Skellington Backlit Canvas DIY Wall Art

By October 16, 2018 DIY Crafts, Halloween No Comments
DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Backlit Canvas Tutorial

Boys and girls of every age
Wouldn’t you like to see something strange?
Stare at this canvas, what will it be?
This is our art for Halloween!

Made with stencils and some paint
A fairy tale, this project ain’t.
Turn off the light and you will see
This is our art for Halloween!

With pin hole pricks, the Pumpkin King appears
A wicked smile and eyes, but no ears
He’ll give a fright right when he is seen
This is our art for Halloween!

Fans of the stop motion classic from Tim Burton will recognize both the iconic smile of that wicked Jack Skellington and the famous song sang by the creatures that go bump in the night. See how to create a unique backlit decoration for your Halloween party or haunted house on All Hallow’s Eve using some basic tools and a free printable template.

This post was written, styled and shot by Tara at Spot of Tea Designs. Stop by her blog for more DIY projects, printables and party ideas to add a customized flair to all of your celebrations!

DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Backlit Canvas Tutorial

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Cardstock
  • Sponge brush
  • “THIS IS HALLOWEEN” Template and Jack Skellington Template
  • Thumb tacks or small finishing nails to poke holes
  • Stencil Spray
  • Craft Knife and mat
  • Light source such as a battery powered string of lights or lantern
  • Painter’s tape or temporary tape

DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Backlit Canvas Tutorial

First, apply a coat of paint to cover your white canvas.

DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Backlit Canvas Tutorial

Print your text template onto cardstock. Use a craft knife to trim the letters to create a stencil. Tip: a new blade and self healing mat makes nicer cuts!

DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Backlit Canvas Tutorial

Once the canvas is dry, apply a light coat of temporary stencil spray on the back of the text template and stick it onto the canvas. Press down in all areas to make sure it’s secure.

DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Backlit Canvas Tutorial

Use a sponge brush to apply a contrasting color on the stencil and remove the stencil once complete. Black and orange are such iconic colors of Halloween Town so use them for this special Nightmare Before Christmas canvas project.

DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Backlit Canvas Tutorial

Lay your Jack Skellington template in the center of the canvas. Use thumb tacks to create holes along the outline of the template into the canvas.

DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Backlit Canvas Tutorial

DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Backlit Canvas Tutorial DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Backlit Canvas Tutorial

Test to see how your design is coming out by placing a light source behind the canvas and lifting the template from one side.

DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Backlit Canvas Tutorial

Apply more pin pricks until you are happy with your design. We decided to make Jack’s face even more visible by poking holes to fill in the area of his eyes, nose and grin.

DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Backlit Canvas Tutorial

Display your finished canvas in your home.

The Halloween themed text is great to display during the daytime, hide a battery powered strip of lights behind the canvas or use small battery powered lantern or battery powered candle behind it to light it up when the lights go off! Do NOT use a real candle with a flame as it is not safe in that spot!

Once the room gets dark you’ll see Jack Skellington’s smile appear from the darkness!


DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Backlit Canvas Tutorial

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