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  • JonathanP168 commented on Creativeman's instructable Make Your Own Illuminated Signs6 months ago
    Make Your Own Illuminated Signs

    You deserve the thanks my friend. I got the idea from you. I was originally going to try to make my design with rope lights! That would have come out awful!

    Somewhat. I found a box that had the dimensions that I wanted, and took it apart. I didn't use any acrylic. I just cut a hole out of a side of the box and taped the sign around the edges of the square whole, from the inside of the box. I made a uniform lightboard of 200 lights, instead of lights only behind each letter, which will allow me to change out the sign easilly without adjusting the lightboard. I attached the lightboard to the back ob the box with zip ties. Then taped the box back together.The one thing that I will do differently with my next light box is use LED strips instead of x-mas lights. It took A LOT of time to poke 200 holes in cardboard and push 200 lights through those holes. I have blisters on my thumbs to show for it! I feel like the LED strips would save a l...see more »Somewhat. I found a box that had the dimensions that I wanted, and took it apart. I didn't use any acrylic. I just cut a hole out of a side of the box and taped the sign around the edges of the square whole, from the inside of the box. I made a uniform lightboard of 200 lights, instead of lights only behind each letter, which will allow me to change out the sign easilly without adjusting the lightboard. I attached the lightboard to the back ob the box with zip ties. Then taped the box back together.The one thing that I will do differently with my next light box is use LED strips instead of x-mas lights. It took A LOT of time to poke 200 holes in cardboard and push 200 lights through those holes. I have blisters on my thumbs to show for it! I feel like the LED strips would save a lot of time and be brighter. I'll post more pics of the process later.

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  • JonathanP168 made the instructable Make Your Own Illuminated Signs6 months ago
    Make Your Own Illuminated Signs

    There's a much easier way to do this without having to carve out any letters. If you are doing a small sign that can be printed on letter or legal size paper, just print it with a black background, double sided. Make sure the 2nd pages image is reversed. If you are doing a larger print, create your design in whatever photo editing app you have, then create a mirror image on a 2nd page. Save it as a pdf and email it to Fedex Office to print. Once you get your images, put them back to back to help make sure the letters on both sides are lined up perfectly. Holding it over the lightboard while it is turned on helps do this. Once you have them lined up, use a glue stick and glue the 2 pages together. Now you are done creating the sign!

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