Hi friends, it’s Saturday and Christmas crafting has officially begun at our house! My first Christmas project this year is these “JOY” marquee letters that I made with items that I already had at home which made me happy and my hubby even happier! The letters were purchased at Wal-Mart last year. In the townhouse that we were living at last Christmas, I had used the letters to decorate above the cupboards with some garland. Since our new house doesn’t have any space to decorate above the cupboards I was stumped as to what to use these letters for, wherever I placed them they just looked too plain. Which led me to turning these simple letters into something a little more special using Christmas lights and a dril. To make these you will need the following items.
The first step is to mark out on each letter where you would like the holes to be drilled to place the lights. I marked mine every 1.5″ , but you could place your lights closer or farther apart depending on your preference. Once the letters were marked, I drilled into each using our drill press fitted with the 23/64″ drill bit, if you don’t have a drill press a drill would work fine as well.Once all of the holes were drilled, I lightly sanded the edges of each letter so it looked a bit weathered. Then I wiped each clean with the damp cloth. Now the fun part! Lay out your strand of lights and decide which letter will be closest to the outlet, then carefully push through each light bulb into the holes that you drilled. Keep in mind when choosing your drill bit size, use a drill bit that allows the lights to sit tightly in each hole, so your lights do not move around. After I was finished placing each light into the holes, I had a bit of extra lights so I tucked them behind the buffet where I placed the letters. If you are purchasing lights you could easily co-ordinate the number of holes that you drill with the number of lights on the strand so that you don’t have to worry about hiding any extra lights.
Above is what the letters look like with the lights unplugged, and below is with them plugged in, sorry for the shadows I am still a beginner photographer and the lights were a little tricky to take a picture of.
What do you think of my Christmas marquee letters? Would you try making them at home? or maybe you have, leave a comment below, you know how much I love to hear from you!