Hey guys! We have had a busy week around here. My son is on the high school swim team and we are right in the middle of the swim season. So my mom duties have pushed aside this blog thingy ;)…as it should! But I found some time to finally share with you this BELIEVE sign. It, along with this Vintage Crate, are my favorite DIY Christmas decorations that I have made so far.
I actually bought this board over two years ago with the idea of this project in mind but I never actually found the time to get around to making it. So it sat in my attic waiting patiently for me ;). I picked the board up from my local Bennion Crafts and it was already this fabulous red color with the fun edging.
I cut out the word BELIEVE on my Silhouette CAMEO and then drew little circles where I wanted the Christmas lights to go. Make sure they are evenly spaced to get the best overall look. Take a hole punch and punch out the dots where the lights will be.
*IMPORTANT–Be sure to count the number of lights you have on your string of Christmas lights. You want to be sure you have enough lights for each hole. AND…make sure that the lights will fit from one hole to the next. There were a couple of spots that I had to skip a light so the wire was long enough to reach the next hole. Does that make sense? Check and double check. And for best results it would be nice to make sure you have a few leftover lights and the end…just in case. You can always hide those lights behind your finished sign.
I traced the letters onto the wood and then painted the letters white. I chose not to spray paint my sign since it was snowing the day I made it ;). Then after the sign has dried, you can put your punched letter “stencil” on the board and use a pencil to mark where the holes should be drilled.
Take a drill bit that is the same size of your Christmas lights and drill holes where each light will be.
Then comes the fun part…Place the lights so that the plug is on the end where you need it to be as far as where you will be plugging it in. Then insert the lights into each hole. You will want to use some duct tape to securely hold the light in place so that they don’t fall out of the hole. My kids LOVED helping with this part. You can see what a great job they did on the back of the sign! But no worries, no one will be the wiser once the sign is turned around.
I LOVE how it turned out! And I love it even more at night! Don’t you just love this time of year? I love Christmas lights and I love how cozy they make your home feel.