DIY Neon Sign // A very budget friendly & only just a teensy bit annoying DIY project that, once you’ve made it, you’re definitely gonna love, love, love. Head on below to see how to make yourself a good ol’ + affordable neon sign.
We are all very into neon signs and whatnot, ain’t we? There’s something extraordinarily cool (which we all think we are in our own ways, ain’t that right?), almost magical about these things. Also, it kinda has a straight-out-of-a-comic-movie vibe, and well, aren’t those just the superest (I totally know that’s not a word.) Of course, buying a custom made neon sign easily translates as selling some precious, and let’s not forget – very well preserved, thing I own, which is a no-no, cause I just can’t live without ma’ dog, + I only got if for like 20 dollars, so.. You can see how that doesn’t work out.
But, hey, enters Pinterest, which sure does take few hours of your day, on a good day, but it often saves your butt. And your dog. So, after seeing all sorts of Neon Sign DIY’s, it totally felt like something I can do. So, without further ado, let’s get to the What-s and How-To-s DIY Neon Sign.
Actually, there’s just this one more “ado”… I found the most helpful instructions here, since it was the closest neon sign to the one I had in mind and made. And those girls are fun! Of course, my “word” was actually 2 words and a bit longer than the one in the video (theirs is “dream on”)… So I’ve came across some “unique” obstacles, some of which I’ve overcame, and others I’ve spotted when it was too late, but I will share them below, so you won’t make them. No more ados, let’s do this thing!
DIY Neon Sign.
– Neon Rope
Mistake No. 1 The first wire I got wasn’t easy to bend that much.. I’ve chosen a thicker one (I took my neon rope with me when buying the wire for detailed comparison, and still managed to f*ck this part up a little) & gave my best to use it, but it was frustrating and not at all necessary. So, this did cost me couple of hours, but I got slightly thinner wire, much easier to bend.. You just make sure you get a wire that is easier for you to maneuver, even if it’s a little thinner than the neon rope.
– *Masking Tape or Washi Tape which you’ll need in case your word/phrase/object is bigger, like with Arty’s Getaway.. you’ll need it to secure the string to the paper as you “write/draw” it down with it. Otherwise, it will keep kinda unfolding as you go, which is plain annoying. Or hey, an extra set of hands will also do.
– Pen + Piece of Paper to Make Your Blueprint
– Super Glue (I used Neostic, Universal Glue)
1. First, measure the string or what have you in the length of your neon rope (mine is 5 meters / 196 inches), and cut the string.
2. Picture the sign on your wall to get a better idea of its size. I measured 100 cm (40 inches) in length and around 10 cm (4 inches) width on the piece of paper & wrote Arty’s Getaway down. Since all the letters have to be connected with the neon rope, it’s best to write them in cursive.
3. Once you’ve written your word, “write” it over with the string so you make sure that you have enough neon rope for the whole word.
4. Loosely following your written word/phrase/whatnot, bend the wire.
Mistake No. 2 You see the t in the photo? As stupid as this may sound, I’ve failed to notice that I didn’t have to complicate shit and go all the way up and across the horizontal line there in t… It could’ve saved me time, energy, plus a little more of the neon rope so that the battery isn’t just hanging there. But, what’s done is done, and you just try to make sure that you notice & avoid stupid things like this right at the beginning.
Mistake No. 3 Don’t focus too much on how you bend the wire and details as you bend it, not until you actually start gluing the neon rope on it. I did this (obviously) with some letters (for example, with the t’s, again), where I’ve squeezed the wire with the pliers a little more than I needed too. This caused me troubles later when gluing the neon rope (cause you can’t bend the neon rope as you can bend the wire, it’s not quite the same).
5. Okay, start gluing the neon rope with a super glue.
Super Tip* Try to use a smaller, easier word, phrase or an object even. For example, my sister made herself a moon and it’s totally as awesome, and gazillion times easier!