Tuesday, May 21, 2013

DIY Light Up Carnival Sign

I started making this sign for a Relay for Life event this past weekend. My team's name is "The Bookies," so I decided that I could re-use most of the letters to hang out on top of my bookshelf afterward.

What you need:
  • cardboard letters
  • spray paint
  • masking tape
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • pen
  • exacto knife
  • battery powered LED lights

Start by spray painting all of your letters one color. Once the spray paint is dry, tape off the bottom section of each letter and also tape around the outside of the front of each letter as shown. Use your other color of paint to fill in the taped section. Once that part is dry, remove the tape and use a pen or marker to make diamond shapes emanating from the midpoint of each letter. Use your knife to cut around each of the diamond shapes.

On the back of the letters, you'll want to cut a few holes big enough so you can string your lights through. If your light strands are long enough to go through multiple letters, you'll also want to cut out small sections on the side of each letter so that they match up when put directly next to one another. You can even glue the letters together so that the sides stay flush against one another. Tape the battery packs to the backs of your letters so that the on/off switches are easily accessible. Done!

What would you make your sign say?


  1. This looks great! I'm totally making one of my own. I have an Expedit that acts as a room divider in my studio and one of these would look great chilling on top. Now I just have to pick a word...

    Also, love your new sidebar <3

  2. Oh my goodness! These are wonderful!

  3. This is so clever Annie!! I think I would pick the word books too or perhaps wish!! Love this little diy - great job girl!! xoxo

  4. Blogger still isn't letting me reply to my comments :(
    But thank you guys!
    P.S. if anyone knows how to solve this problem let me know - I've googled around and tried a few different things but nothing has worked so far.


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