Want to express yourself creatively with light? Make a mood light, perhaps? Could you use a night light? Make name signs or multi-word messages? Using readily available materials, Illuminated signs are easy to make. Any of these and more uses can be accomplished with the simple methods in this instructable.
Step 1: Gather Materials and Tools
To make a light, I used common corrugated cardboard, a piece of yellow paper, a small piece of acrylic sheet plastic, tape, glue, etc. For tools, the usual paper cutting implements, i.e., straight edge, box cutter, scissors and so on. I use a table saw to cut the acrylic, but it can be cut by scoring lines deeply on your cut line, and then snapping the plastic. Special tools are made for this, but a utility knife will work....USE CAUTION IF SCORING PLASTIC THIS WAY! The light source for these signs are mini christmas lights, available everywhere. They are low amperage, low watt, low heat lights and come in different sized strings, and colors.
Step 2: Decide On What Your Sign Will Say
The possibilities are endless, of course, but for this instructable I will use CREATE.
Step 3: Cut Out Word
To make the word create, I used the word processor, picked a font, and for the size I wanted I chose 250 points. This is printed on some card stock I had available. Then I cut out the word using a box cutter and a scalpel.
Step 4: Paper Is Painted Black
I just spray painted the cardstock black as shown. Paint dries very rapidly.
Step 5: Glue To Acrylic Sheet and Back With Yellow Paper
Here,the word is glued to a piece of clear acrylic I had cut from a larger piece taken from a picture no longer used. It is light plastic, about 1/8th or so thick, very easy to cut to size on the table saw. I made this piece 4 x 11 inches. Yellow paper is then glued with the spray adhesive on the back of the cut out word.