Saturday, December 6, 2014

Light Up Holiday Sign

 
A few weeks ago, my girl Marie and I went to a DIY workshop at our local Home Depot.  It was so.much.fun!  We had absolutely no idea what we were getting ourselves into when we went, but we both went home with a festive, beautiful, holiday decoration. 
 
It still amazes me just how easy this project was.  No, seriously, it was.  The most difficult part was trying to figure out what word/phrase I wanted on my sign.  For real.  It took me so long to decide.  Oh, the anxiety!
 
To make this, you only need a handful of supplies: a piece of wood, paint, stencils and, if you want your sign to light up, a drill and Christmas lights.  Easy peasy.  Check it out:
 
First, paint your piece of wood whatever color your little heart desires.  I chose a simple white background with red lettering.  You know, keeping it Christmasy.
 

Once your base coat dries, arrange your stencils.  I think the most important thing I learned at this workshop was how to paint with stencils.  You need to blot and not "paint" when using stencils.  This keeps the paint where it needs to be and it won't creep under the stencils.  Also, be sure that you get any excess paint off of your brush before blotting.  Less likely to be messy that way.
 
If you're not adding in any Christmas lights then congrats!  You're done!  See?  Wasn't that easy!?!?
 
If you do want to add lights, you just have two more steps to go! 
 
Mark your letters where you want holes drilled.  Then, get to work!  Or, if you're like me, have the guy at Home Depot get to work!  Thanks, dude!

 
Once your holes are drilled, it's time to start putting in the lights.  I decided to take mine home to do that part since it was waaaaay past the time that this shindig was supposed to be done.  I told you I wasted a lot of time trying to figure out what word I wanted to use!
 
Here is a pic of Marie and I with our masterpieces, sans lights:

 
So cute, right!?!? 
The signs aren't too bad either.....
 
Once I got home, I got to work putting in the lights.  This was a little time consuming because I had to unscrew each bulb since the bulb itself wouldn't fit through the drill holes.  Which, really, works out well because the lights won't fall out the back.  It only took me about 20 minutes to get all the lights in and I just love how it turned out!  I still can't believe that I made it!
 
Have you been crafty lately?  Let's see your stuff!

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