Lighted Holiday Chalkboard Sign "All is Calm, All is Bright"

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:09
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Beginner
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DIY lighted holiday chalkboard sign, "All is calm, all is bright" tutorial by Ana-White.com

Here's a fun and easy to make holiday decor project. Free tutorial for my light up All is Calm, All is Bright DIY chalkboard sign is below!

I made this lighted sign using a $9 off the shelf chalkboard panel and just drew on it with chalk.

I love how the lights on the dark background are like stars in the night sky!  And it's such a unique but easy to customize piece!

I'm sharing below the plans for this lighted Holiday Chalkboard sign - it's really easy to make!

And we also put together a video while I was making it - so check that out too:

The free plans follow! Enjoy!

 

Ana

PS - The cabinet is also DIY - you can get the plans here.

 

Dimensions
Dimensions shown above - this sign is large!

Preparation

Shopping List

3 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long

1 - 24x30" chalkboard panel (I purchased a 24x48" one and cut it down to size)

1 pack of cordless LED christmas lights (I used a 20 pack but 30 might have been nicer)

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch finish nails
Cut List

4 - 1x2 @ 24"

2 - 1x2 @ 30"

2 - 1x2 @ 25-1/2" (cut these to fit)

1 - 24" x 30" chalkboard panel

 

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

Step 1

Attach the 30" long 1x2s to the 24" long 1x2s, with the 24" long 1x2s laying flat.  Leave about 8" spacing in between.  Use glue and 1-1/4" finish nails.

Step 2

Measure the remaining frame side and cut a board to fit (will be around 25-1/2" long).  Attach with glue and 1-1/4" finish nails.

Step 3

Insert the chalkboard panel inside the frame. 

Draw the words out in chalk (I used a chalkboard marker) and space stars close enough together that your string lights can hop between the stars.  Drill out the stars with a spade bit sized big enough for the lights to pass through.  Secure lights to back with tape.

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Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. 

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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