September 2, 2015

How To Make A Lighted Sign

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

Happy Creating

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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Bonnie said...

Wow - What a great project! It looks so rock, Carol!

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

As usual, great idea!! It's great to hear from you and another one of your great projects!!

Betty said...

Hubby is going to hate you, but I love the idea. It is going on my honey do list for him. HA! HA!

Marlynne said...

Thanks for the directions1 What a fun idea!

Our Hopeful Home said...

AS usual you're too funny carol! The sign looks awesome. I was just at the Midwest DIY Bloggers Roundup in Chicago (near home)and one of the demos was with battery-powered Ryobi Tools. The women were lining up to use them! Your friend is lucky she has you to make her sign! And how nice you are planning for the 2016 Flea! You go girl!

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

How sweet of you to make such a lovely sign for your friend, Carol! I didn't know that there are battery operated jigsaws. That sounds very practical.

Mrs. Kelley Dibble said...

The tools look like they work amazingly in your hands-- putty! This project I'm certain was a real friend-pleaser! It looks awesome and I can't wait to see the vendor booth at the next Flea!

Letters Unfolded

Teresa said...

What a lovely way to indulge your love for that manly tools... the Ryobi are so cute that you won't feel weird while trying them on in your creations.
I'm going to have a look at the link you provided as Christmas is around the corner and I know dear husband manly tools are starting to look too manly for me to look at... sorry, ti use ahahahah
Congratulations in another winner creation!

Gina said...

You always amaze me, Carol. What a great sign for your friend!

And yes, I find that most of my redecorating projects end up being way more than I bargained for! You're not alone on that one.

handmade by amalia said...

Another great idea, Carol! Could be great in so many places.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I LOVE it! What an attraction her booth will be with a sign like this. Great job, Carol.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Great looking sign! Good job! My hubby uses a cordless too! Not sure how I would do with one. I might be dangerous! Nancy

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, great project using those incredible tools. Love it.
Have a great holiday weekend. cm

Ros Crawford said...

Oh my you are so clever!! Those tools look scary! The sign turned out beautifully and I love the colour!

hopeandjoyhome said...

I do love me some power tools! One of the best presents my husband bought me was a cordless drill driver..wore that thing OUT! I use power tools more than he does..except he does my circular saw cuts because I hate that noise..and I sucked the cord up the saw once..LOL maybe I need a cordless Ryobi! (that saw was cordless when I was finished with it..ha)

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

A woman with power tools. Love it and love your sign! Your friend must be so excited with the sign and having a booth at your next show! Lucky gal!!!

Curtains in My Tree said...

Now aren't you a genius?
I can not get the hang of using tools
That is so nice of you to make a sign for The Pantry lady

entirely apropos said...

Love it! Turned out great. That is going to be a fabulous focal point at the next show! You always inspire me, Carol!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Wow Carol, you never cease to amaze me with your many talents! The sign you created looks great. Love it!
Can't wait to see the new living room redo.


Createology said...

Carol Dear you certainly are the "Jane" of all trades. Love this sign and how you have added the lights. Your friend will be so grateful. Battery tools have come a long way baby! My husband is always cutting into his cords on his tools. Fabulous job!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Carol, What a great sign! Is there anything you cannot do?

Debbiedoos said...

I must learn how to use some power tools! That is super cool Carol!

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