Nothing quite as awesome as a vintage style arrow in comic book red!
This was a super fun project to do with my
11 year old scout in just a few hours!
Step 1: Gather the inspiration!
I found one I liked for over $200.
I knew I could make one myself...but didn't want a sign I had to plug in...
or find wall space for...or deal with cords and plugs.
Then I discovered Solar Power lights! Yay!
The perfect outdoor feature!
So that was my only cost in this project, about $20.
Here's what you'll need:
You'll need plywood...in your desired shape and size
String of lights (you could even use Christmas lights or any string lights)
And tools...table saw/jigsaw and drill with bits
Step 2: Make and Trace on Pattern!
It was about a foot and a half tall and 4 feet wide...
Make a pattern:
I used some kraft paper and cut it to fit the board...
I folded it in half and then sketched out my pattern.
We went with a much more rounded arrow shape...almost comical.
I cut it while it was folded so it would be symmetrical!
Then traced the arrow pattern onto the board with a pencil.
Step 3: Get Cutting!
The dremel wasn't cutting it well enough...or straight enough
so we switched and cut it with the tablesaw!
(note: jigsaw is now on my list)
Then we sanded all the rough edges...
Step 4: Fill it with holes!
I tried to measure them...and then just kind of eyeballed it! :)
Got a drill bit large enough to fit the green part, but not the bulb cover.
And drilled 29 holes!
(yes, one of our lights is hidden...so the solar panel would sit above the sign)
Sanded it all smooth and set it out to spray paint!