Project Guide

How to Make a Lighted Holiday Sign

1
CUT THE PLYWOOD BACKING PIECE
  • Mark and cut a line 18 inches from one end of the plywood, which will make the back piece and piece for your letters. 
  • Be sure not to cut the table beneath the plywood. Cut on foam or just off the edge of the table.
2
MARK AND CUT THE LETTERS
  • Find the corner points for each letter and trace them onto the plywood. 
  • Carefully cut out each letter with a jigsaw or Dremel rotary tool. Then, sand the edges smooth. 

Tip: You can also paint the letters directly onto the plywood if you would rather not use a saw.

3
ADD THE RAILS
  • For the railing, cut the 1 x 2 pine or MDF board to match the top and bottom edges of the back piece. 
  • Finish the top rail with the nailer or hammer and nails, and repeat for the bottom. 
  • Then mark, cut and repeat for the two sides.
4
PAINT THE BACK AND LETTERS
  • Paint the back and letters. We used Behr Premium Plus paint and primer for the back and silver glitter paint for the letters. 
  • Set the pieces aside to completely dry.
5
ATTACH THE LETTERS
  • Start with the “O.” Center it left and right, top and bottom. Attach it with wood glue and finishing nails. 
  • Attach the remaining letters in the same manner.
6
DRILL HOLES IN THE LETTERS

Drill holes for your lights with the appropriate size drill bit.

7
INSERT THE LIGHTS

Insert the lights from the back and secure any loose wire with electrical tape.