How to Make a DIY Word Light Sign Out of Wood – FULL TUTORIAL – Thrift Diving

Have you ever wanted to know how to make a DIY word light sign out of wood? This full-length tutorial leaves no details out, as I show you every step of the project–from selecting the font, printing out the large word on printer paper, tracing the word onto plywood, cutting it out with a jigsaw, staining the wooden word, drilling clean holes, and adding lights to your DIY word! Watch this full-length tutorial, and I guarantee by the time you’re done, you’ll feel comfortable and confident making this project!

0:01 Intro and overview of the project
0:55 How to find and download pretty fonts for your word light sign
2:46 How to enlarge print on a free site called
4:41 How to arrange and cut out printed sheets into a large stencil.
5:57 How to position your stencil.
6:55 How to cut out your word sign with a jigsaw.
10:31 Sanding the word sign.
10:40 How to cut holes for the lights and insert the lights.
15:56 How to stain the word light sign with Dark Walnut.
16:37 How to lightly distress the edges of the wood.
16:55 How to attach D-rings for hanging your word light sign.
17:52 Tip for how to accurately measure when hanging things on the wall.
19:00 Adding lights to word sign.
19:28 How to staple wires to the wood with a wire cable stapler.
24:05 Hanging the DIY word light sign and disguising the battery pack.
25:06 How to make a DIY wood picture frame to go around the word light sign.
25:41 Hanging the frame around the word light sign.
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16 ft strand of lights with remote control with 60 lights (for small word light signs):

29 ft strand of lights with remote control with 80 lights (for medium word light signs):

36 ft. strand lights with remote control with 100 lights (for larger medium word light signs):



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Hollis2Hollywood says:

So how long until you make a “simpy” sign with lights? Merch too. I want dibs on the 1st simpy tshirt. lol btw, as always. great stuff. There are ppl who sell stuff like this on etsy n amazon for a lot n i can never find a font i like

D. Durand Worthey says:

Another great and informative video! I swear you could teach just about anyone to do just about anything related to DIY! You are a natural teacher and entertainer! You have a natural gift and look so comfortable and confident in front of the camera! Thank you much for being so incredibly awesome. Next stop, HGTV!

Isabelle Laval says:

Totally love your word art project! I think it would make a great touch for our new home. Thanks for running us through the computer part. I’m over 70 and for me that’d be the hardest part.
Many thanks

أوراق الخريف says:

عمل انيق جدا … استمري

Sulema Rob says:

Wow! So innovative!

mona godfrey says:

I would have put a light into the dot above the i, it would be cute to do!

Anne Megis says:

Love it!!!! I would use the word Aloha!!! Or California, in red!

Lori Jay says:

Fantastic diy!!!

Evelyn J. Amponsah says:

The word Art came out Fabulous, always love it when I get the notification bell. Thxs for sharing.

Sarah Ceja says:

Love it

Bekah Lynn says:

Really amazing!!!

Shannon Schwab says:

I bought similar lights last year at Christmas for a spray I made they were pretty, but battery hogs. I’m wondering if you had the same experience? My lights we on only at night, did not blink, and only on for 2 hours. I got about 4 hours of battery use.

Grecia Helena says:

Omg I just found your channel and I love it . Thanks you explain everything so well . Thanks

Ahyashah Ahmathya says:

Thanks for the tutorial! You totally have me wanting to go buy a jigsaw. ♥️ Question, is there a reason you didn’t use your Cricut to cut out the stencil?

Sara Walden says:

Awesome. Have you ever thought about purchasing a Silhouette Cameo. I have one and it is great for making stencils and cutting vinyl to put words on canvas, wood palet signs and such. Thanks for sharing your design.

Elizabeth G says:

I usually don’t like word art as decor, but this looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

India J. Vincent says:

Omg! Beautiful job. I love the way you disguised the extra cord and battery pack. Genius! Btw, I was watching tv about Hurricane Florence the same time your video was running. So when you said “Rasterbator” I swear I heard something else! Lmao!! I was like, “Wait, what did she say?!?”

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Vic Covarrubias says:

Ma’am I cut as well. . My wife actually cut this style all the time. . .I use MDF.. . Really forgiving on the blade. . . Ide suggest using Bosch 101 ao. . . . . I use the Japanese brand but it’s the exact same. .. I feel well last longer and cut cleaner than you already cut. . .

Lorna's Handmade Soaps says:

Thanks for sharing another great idea.

Susanne LaCorte says:

Great job! Very Creative! I have a question regarding Beyond Paint. I’m in the process of painting a hutch and wanted to know, how would I clean the hutch after my project is complete? It’s going in my bedroom and if I need to dust it down, could I use a damp cloth or dry? Thanks

Lisa Wilcox says:

I am thinking for my shabby chic bathroom, doing l’amour…

Letisha NativeNYer says:

Awesome work!!!

1 year in the Making says:

U should make those and sell them I would so buy

tanya hamilton says:

You are a doll, this is simply beautiful. Because you explained everything so clearly and patiently showed us how to do it is the reason I subscribed. I can’t wait to try this….thanks so much for sharing.

Justyna Kosieradzka says:


Pam Groom says:

SO cool!

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Anita Georgieva says:

WOW love this sign! It’s turn out so well! Definitely, want to try it at my home (when I own one :D)

Ronni Vlogs says:

Who actually watched it and made it

joyce kaishar says:

Loving this project!

caron1310 says:

This is awesome! Thanks for the info on those two websites. I’ve added them to my list of go-to sites.

diordiva says:

so cute!

TiaChii says:

This is SO pretty, and you can litterly use any word or object! Thank you for this diy explanation

Tamilwriters Society says:

Hi. This is hari from India. First of all, this is a cool work and cant believe a women doing this. Bcoz in India no women doesn’t know what is meant by plywood and seeing you literally playing with it creatively, I find you so sexy.

Pierrette Prepetit says:

I love it but I wish I could buy it

Zovesta Storm says:

Whenever I use a jigsaw, everything goes way off my marked line and it comes out terribly jagged. 🙁 Going to try this anyway! Thanks for the tutorial, can’t wait to try it 🙂

Kathleen Orce says:

HI! Would you be able to use hot glue for the wire attachment? Great project, love it!

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