How to Make A Lighted Wooden Sign

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
 

Materials Needed

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

2 COMMENTS

  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! 🙂

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