DIY: Neon Sign

 

If you know me, you know that I've been obsessed with anything that lights up since before I was born. In particular, I've always been mesmerized by the vibrancy of neon lights. Which is why when I wanted a sign for my business, I started looking into purchasing a neon sign, but was slapped right in the face with how much they actually cost. I ended up settling for some marquee initials, but still craved the bright glow of neon.

A few months ago while looking for something completely unrelated, I came across a DIY neon sign tutorial from TheSorryGirls on Youtube and just about died right there. I immediately decided I would try my hand at creating the sign of my dreams and I totally fell in love with the process. And don't worry, while it seems daunting, it's actually a lot easier to execute than you'd think!

MATERIALS:

  • Paper (for sketching your design)
  • String
  • T90 14 Solid Wire
  • EL Wire
  • Super Glue
  • Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Electrical Tape (optional) 

STEP 1: 

Start by sketching out the words or design you want for your sign on a big piece of paper. This step took me longer than anticipated, but it was well worth it in the end.

STEP 2:

Take a piece of string and cut it to match the length of your EL wire. Outline your letters using the string to make sure you'll have enough EL wire to complete the sign. If you run out, just resize your design. I also decided to leave a good amount of extra lighted length to account for any mistakes.

STEP 3:

Now to start creating the actual sign! Take the T90 14 solid wire and start shaping it to the sketch you made. I'll be honest, I used the sketch as a guide, but my letters ended up bigger than I originally intended (that is exactly why I accounted for extra length haha!). For the majority of the shaping process I just used my hands, but on the letters I needed to overlap wire, I found it helpful to use pliers. 

STEP 4:

Once you've finished shaping your wire you can start gluing on the EL wire. I decided to turn the EL wire on and test how I would lay each letter before actually gluing it down, which proved to be insanely helpful. Super glue dries very quickly (hello, fingers that always get stuck together!) so only put glue on small sections of the wire at a time and hold the EL wire in place for a few seconds. 

STEP 5:

This step is optional, but I decided to use electrical tape to tape off the excess lighted length so it just looks like a wire. 

STEP 6:

Hang it and light that baby up! Then give yourself a pat on the back for making such a rad sign, you're basically a professional now! 

Don't forget to go check out TheSorryGirls original DIY neon sign tutorial