Our DIY Lighted Christmas Signs combine the three best parts of the holiday season: Christmas trees, reindeer and starry lights. What more could you want?
The Season of Joy is upon us.
Not exactly upon us.
I mean we still have to get through the Season of Ghoul first, right?
But here in Blogland, time flows differently, and the seasons twist and shift under your feet. Autumn may become winter for a time, only to shift back days later when the need arises.
Time is fluid in Blogland.
But seriously, we couldn’t very well wait until Christmas to start our Christmas projects, could we? By Christmas, everyone is, well, Christmassed out.
Really, I think most people are sick of shiny tinsel and phony smiles by mid-November.
Remember when the Christmas Season started after Thanksgiving? Those were the Good Old Days, eh?
Handan and I walked into Hobby Lobby in the beginning of August, and the Christmas decor was already on display.
It was still summer vacation, for crying out loud!
Anyway, we gotta start clobbering you with Christmas now, because if we wait too long, not only would we be rushed, but you guys would never have enough time to build all of the cool Christmas
crap crafts we’re going to show you!
So, the Season of Joy is upon us.
Even though it’s still October.
So just deal with it.
Now plaster a big phony smile on your face, and let’s get our Christmas on!
(Okay, look. I feel your pain. I really do. So if this is just killing you to be looking at Christmas crafts in October, then check out these beautiful sisal twine pumpkins that Handan made last year. You can click the link or click the picture. Either way, you’ll be transported away from all of this Christmas tomfoolery until you are good and ready for it!)
Oh, you’ve decided to stay?
Brava, madam. You are braver than I gave you credit for. I’ll give you a shiny red candy cane at the end of the post!*
Today, I’m going to show you how to make lighted reindeer & Christmas tree signs. These DIY lighted Christmas signs are perfect in our simple DIY picture frames, so if you haven’t made some yet, now’s the time! (I told you we’d be using them again and again!) But don’t worry – if you haven’t made any frames, there’s a dead-simple cheat that looks just as good!
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
DIY Lighted Christmas Signs Supplies List
- A frame (or some 1×2 or 1×3 lumber if you don’t have one already made)
- A wood, plywood or MDF panel to fit in the frame
- LED Starry Lights
- ~3/4 inch copper or brass plated nails – we bought ours (copper plated nails) at HomeDepot.
- A hammer
- A Drill
- Printable reindeer and Christmas tree templates – you can download them from the VIP Patch.
DIY Lighted Christmas Signs Tutorial
The two panels I chose to use came from a simple industrial utility cart I made for Handan back in The Great Before, when the Navage Patch only existed in the unknown Far Future.
I made two carts, actually, one better than the other.
The one whose bones are pictured above was decommissioned in the name of Progress and Space Reclamation, whatever that means.
Below is the finer of the two specimens. It survives to this day as Handan’s stencil cutting caddy. I removed the stencil cutter so you could better marvel at my pre-Navage-Patch skills.
With the panels selected and measured, Handan printed out the reindeer head and Christmas tree I’d be using as a template for the nails.
I taped the printouts onto their respective boards.
As you can see in the picture above, I penciled in circles where I would be placing the nails, along with a line depicting how I would wind the starry lights.
Then I hammered in the little copper nails, leaving about a quarter inch sticking up.
I then drilled a hole large enough to accommodate the string lights. For the reindeer, I positioned the hole just up from the bottom of the lights.
For the Christmas tree, I positioned the hole just below the top of the tree.
Next, I peeled off the paper.
This left a lot of little pieces of paper stuck into the nail holes. I plucked these out with a pair of tweezers. Imagine they’re rogue eyebrows or unsightly mustache hair, ladies, and you’ll have no problems! 😀
I then threaded the starry lights up through the back of the board until the whole length was pulled through.
And then I began the process of winding the string lights around my copper pegs. On a side note, I’m noticing that my hands are turning into “Old Man Hands,” with new brown spots showing up (uninvited, I might add) on weekly basis. Liver spots, anyone?
Pro tip: take a picture of your board before you tear off the paper in case you need to refer to the printout to figure out where to wrap next.
Awwww, look at that crafty little man.
I wrapped the deer head almost a full 5 times. The tree only took 3 and change.
Once I reached the end of the string, I tucked the nub under the wrapped wire, and I was nearly done.
Okay, fine. My fingers were too fat and full of liver spots to tuck that dinky little piece anywhere, so I asked Handan to do it for me.
Here’s a sneak peek.
Next up was framing.
Now I know I berated you in the beginning of the post for not having made any simple DIY frames. Well, here’s a confession:
Neither did I.
At least, not for this project.
I made a boatload of those suckers for Handan, but none in the exact size I needed for our DIY lighted Christmas signs.
But was I about to build another one?
I took the easy way out!
For each frame, I cut two small pieces of 1×3 to the exact width of the panel. I then cut two more pieces to the height of the panel + the two small pieces of 1×3. I simply tacked the frame together, piece-by-piece with brad nails – nailing the frame together at the same time I nailed it into the backing piece.
Presto! Instant frame!
I told you I’d show you a dead-simple cheat!
So now I present to you our DIY Lighted Christmas Signs – The First Christmas Post of the Season!
*No candy canes will be given out – neither during nor after this post.
Now it’s time to click on the button below to download the templates for the DIY lighted Christmas signs – they are all in the Christmas section of The VIP Patch.
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