DIY how to make a wall sign using LED wire lights #Oakleaf
This post is made possible by #Oakleaf. I was provided a sample product at a steep discount for review purposes.
I recently received a string of solar powered lights for review and I was planning to make a Christmas tree on my outdoor siding with it. When they arrived and I realized just how long they were, I decided to turn them into a dream instead. Dream writing that is. I purchased some lights to do this some time ago but they weren’t long enough. So… it was a “dream” that was put off until another time.
I was really nervous about putting my sign up because I was afraid I’d break the wire but it turned out to be super strong and durable and even after endless wrapping on my tacks, it looks great and works great too.
I live in what used to be an old country store turned Terri’s Little Haven. So I have really tall walls. I had to stand on my bed to put my dream sign up but I do have a ladder that I’m going to use for the Christmas tree I still plan to do. For this wall writing, my bed was the perfect height.
What you will need to make a wall sign:
I thought about how I wanted my sign and how tall I wanted the first letter to be. I used it as a guide for the rest of the writing. I wanted my d to really stand out. Once I knew where my starting point would be, I made sure that my solar powered panel would fit in my window from my starting point. I gave myself about 8 extra inches but you don’t really need to do that unless you want to hide the green part of the wire as I did. The reason I put my panel in the window is I need daily sunlight in order for my sign to come on at night. I turned the mechanism on so it automatically comes on when it’s dark outdoors. When I want the lights to come on during the day, I hide the solar panel behind a screen I have so it thinks it’s dark out. There was a protective film covering it which I removed before putting it in the window.
I used clear tacks and hammered them into the wall. I have wood walls where I wanted the sign. I wouldn’t use a hammer for any other type of wall. But that’s just me. It’s not a perfect sign but to me that’s what gives it it’s charm. I love how it turned out. I had to redo my a a few times before I was satisfied with it so I’m glad I decided to make this on wood walls versus my Drywall, walls. I didn’t want a bunch of little pin holes showing if I ever decided to move my sign.
Because the lights were 66 ft in length (200 count lights), I was able to wrap my words 3 times each so at night, it really is a dream to look at. I don’t have to keep a night light on now (I stumble around from failed back surgery and have to see where I’m going to grab onto something sturdy if that happens). So, my new light is saving me money on my electric bill. Because it’s LED, it doesn’t require electricity (or batteries for that matter).
I’m going to buy some more to add stars above the words in the near future as well as a strand to make a Christmas tree on my outdoor wood wall. These are actually outdoor lights so they can be used indoors or out. I think it will be so stinkin cute. No, I don’t think, I know it will be.
What kind of sign would you make with your solar powered lights?