I can’t believe we are already at week eleven of our sixteen week Get Your DIY on Party Challenge! This week’s theme is Holiday signs…fun theme, right?
When I was deciding what I wanted to create to share for my holiday sign, I remembered I already had the perfect project all wrapped up and ready to go! I first shared this last year, but my blog was brand new, so it was probably only seen by a about ten people, thanks to my family and friends 🙂 Enjoy!
The most important component of our Santa’s Workshop is the sign that let’s everyone know what it is. Making the sign was pretty easy and would be a fun addition to any outdoor holiday display, so I thought I’d share how I made it!
I’m going to show you step by step using this sign we made for my brother-in-law for Christmas. He creates a spectacular outdoor display every year and he calls it, “Tinsel Town”, so we thought this would be the perfect gift!
What you’ll need:
- 3/8″ ply wood (thick enough to be sturdy but not so thick that the lights won’t show through the other side)
- newspaper for making a template
- spray paint
- jig saw
- Drill and 13/64 drill bit (sounds like an odd size but that’s what worked best)
- staple gun/ staples
- mini light sets ( The number of sets will depend on how big your sign is and how many letters it has. For this sign, I used three 70 count red light sets and one 100 count green light set.)
First, decide the shape of sign you want to create. I used a newspaper to create a pattern. I folded the newspaper in four and drew my outline. Then I cut it to create a shape that was equal on both sides and top to bottom.
Next, I traced my pattern.
I had my honey cut it out for me using a jig saw. Then it got a coat of spray paint. You could wait to paint after you drill your holes, it’s up to you.
After painting, I sketched out my words. I am fortunate that I was blessed with decent penmanship so I just went for it. There are all kinds of fancy machines out there to help you out in this department if needed. You can also enlarge and print the letters on your computer then transfer to your surface using good old fashioned carbon paper or this method.
You can see I made a couple of attempts to get my letters spaced properly.
Nice penmanship? Check.
Ability to space correctly freehand? Not so much.
Then I drilled my holes.
See the cute asterisk I penciled in for the ‘I’?
Yah…there ended up not being enough space in that area to pull it off.
When all my holes were drilled, I gave it another light coat of spray paint. If you decided to wait until this point to paint, go right ahead.
Now it’s time for lights! Start plugging them in.
You will need to secure the light strings every so often with the staple gun. For some reason, some lights didn’t want to stay in there and others needed a bit of coaxing. But overall, most of the lights went in easily and held well.
“Get in there, little buddy!”
When you’re finished, you will most likely have extra lights dangling. Just secure them to back with a staple gun. They won’t be seen when illuminated at night.
Here is the finished sign:
So fun…and pretty easy!
And here is my Santa’s workshop sign made the same way:
This was mounted by adding a square of 4X4 to the back on either side and then screwing it to the workshop, so it sat away from the wall enough to make room for the lights. You could also drill holes on either side at the top and hang it with rope.
I left it up to my brother-in-law as to how he wants to display his. It would probably work best attached to a post.
I love how they turned out! Don’t you?
This would be pretty using all white lights to say “Merry Christmas” or “Joy to the World” or whatever you can imagine.
Not too hard, right? Anyone can do this!
See? wasn’t that a perfect post to share for Holiday sign week? My brother-in-law loved his gift!
To store our sign once we dismantled the workshop, I wrapped it in bubble wrap. If the lights ever stopped working, it would be easy enough to replace them. Now if we can just figure out how to put our workshop back together!
Here are the gorgeous holiday signs my co-hosts created for this challenge:
Joyful Pallet Sign The Hankful House
DIY Chalkboard Polka Dot Christmas Countdown Sign The Happy Housie
DIY Sparkly Ornament Sign House by Hoff
“O Come Let Us Adore Him” Christmas Sign Just a Girl and Her Blog
Our new Get Your DIY on link party theme: Holiday Signs, starts Sunday at 7:00 EST. Come link up your Holiday signs or just come by to get inspired! We all shared Christmas signs, but it can be for any holiday this season and it’s not too late for Thanksgiving either!
If you made an illuminated sign for the Holidays, what would it say?