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How to Make A Lighted Wooden Sign

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Make a pretty wooden farmhouse-style sign with twinkling lights and a free downloadable design.

Make a pretty wooden farmhouse-style sign with twinkling lights. Free quote PNG file, perfect for cutting with your Silhouette machine.

It's no secret that I have an obsession with wooden signs. I love making them to decorate my home and to give as gifts because there are so many ways to personalize them. Today I'm going to show you how easy it is to make a farmhouse sign with lights.

To make your own sign, you will need:

How to make a farmhouse sign with vinyl saying

My husband made my sign for me, but you could easily buy one. They carry several different styles in the craft aisle.

I bought the battery operated lights in the Christmas section at Walmart, but after making this sign, I realized I should have bought a shorter strand... 100 lights was way too many for one sign! Next time I go to Walmart, I plan to buy another set of lights and do a little swappety swap. Also, a safety note: this project requires LED lights to reduce the risk of overheating which could cause a fire. Only use cool LED lights please!

I bought the batteries for the sign at Walmart too. Sometimes the battery section can be overwhelming, but I always choose RAYOVAC® batteries last just as long as leading competitors at a lower price point and they are made in the USA. 

While I was there, I noticed that RAYOVAC® sells rechargeable batteries. Hello! Perfect for my son's remote control car! Then I don't have to feel annoyed when he leaves the remote on... for days. I picked up a pack and have been very pleased with how they're holding up.

Step 1: Paint or stain the background of your sign if desired. The wood on my sign was particularly pretty, so I left it raw.

Step 2: Download the free PNG design using the link in the materials list. Open the design in your craft cutter's design software and trace it. Cut the design out of permanent adhesive vinyl. Weed. Use transfer tape to apply the vinyl saying to the sign.

When It Rains Look for Rainbows Quote

Step 3: Use a pencil to mark where you want the lights to be. I tried to space my evenly but randomly all around the words--- and that is harder than it sounds. So use a pencil.

Free Printable Farmhouse Sign Design and Cut File

Step 4: Paint or stain the outer frame of your sign. I gave mine a coat of navy blue, then whitewashed over it to give it some character.

Step 5: Find a drill bit that is the same size as the lights you'll be using. I tested my bit on a piece of scrap wood to make sure the lights would fit through but still be snug enough to stay in place. 

How to make a wooden sign with lights in it

Carefully drill holes where your pencil marks are. Go slow and try not to splinter the wood.

Farmhouse style wooden sign with twinkle lights!

Step 6: Starting from the back side of the sign, poke the lights through each hole.

Wooden Sign with Christmas Lights

Step 7: Insert the batteries into the case and secure everything to the back of the sign with strong tape. That way you can remove and replace the lights if they ever go out.

Use a short strand of battery powered lights for a DIY lighted decor sign

DIY Farmhouse style wooden sign with lights

Then all that's left is to turn on the switch and enjoy the magical glow of your brand new lighted sign!

When it's Dark Look for Stars Quote

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Happy crafting!
Jennifer V.
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  1. It is so stinkin' cute! Thank you so much for sharing! I feel a little ignorant but I didn't understand step 2 at all. I've never heard of the vinyl lettering. What is that all about and how would I do it? Thank you so much! :)

    1. No worries! Sometimes I forget that not everyone lives and breathes crafts. Haha.

      Vinyl lettering is cut using a Cricut or Silhouette machine and it's basically a big sticker that you can put onto any craft surface.

      If you don't own a craft cutting machine, you can still make this project using this image transfer technique and hand-painting the words:

      Hope that helps!


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