If you want to make a 10 foot lighted sign...Then you've tuned into the right blog!
I have a friend that will be a vendor at the next Polka Dot Flea June 2016. I thought it would be fun to make a lighted sign for her booth and I love to try something new
She's calling her booth "The Pantry" since she will be selling Pyrex and all things kitchen. I started by picking a font then projecting the letters onto a piece of plywood with my "EZ Tracer", the full tutorial is HERE
Each letter was cut out with my Ryobi jigsaw
Indulge me while a gush here a moment...I've always used electric jigsaws, NEVER a battery operated one....It was amazing! I was cutting around the letter curves like I was pushing a pencil...It cut like butter and I didn't have to stop and move a pesky cord every 2 seconds....Amazing!!!
Next I drilled a ton of holes to push a string of Christmas lights through the back of the letters
I screwed a 1 X 2 board on to 1 X 6 board.....
........Then drilled screws through the front of each letter to attach them to the anchor board, yikkes what a crummy picture!
I painted the letters and used a little dark wax and sanding to give them a distressed look
This portion of the sign was made using the same transfer method explained HERE on a previous post
When the sign was finished it measured almost 10 feet long
I photographed under my awning where it was a little darker so you could see the lights
Using Ryobi power tools with their interchangeable batteries made this project soooo easy. I had no idea you could get so much power from a battery operated tool and not having to mess with cords and extension cords meant I could use them anywhere.
For your convenience I have included this link to Ryobi Nation where you can find products, coupons, and projects
So there you have it....I know it's rather primitive and rustic but, it was so fun to try something new and my friend loved it . You will have to wait until the next Polka Dot Flea to see it in action.
Ok, now, back to work on redecorating my living room, it's coming together great. Of course it has been more work than I originally anticipated...That's usually how it goes...Right? I will be back soon with pictures
This was a sponsored post for Ryobi but gushing my love for the products and the opinions given here are truly all mine
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