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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Clear Ornament Arrow Marquee {Monthly DIY Challenge}


It's the second Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for another Monthly DIY Challenge! 

Each month a group of my favorite blogging friends and I challenge each other to create something using an agreed upon theme or object.  This months challenge was to use clear ornaments and (gasp!) I didn't make something Christmassy.   I forced myself out of my comfort zone to create something I've never done before, a wood marquee. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • Clear ornaments (I got mine at Michaels when they were half off and used a 20% off your total purchase coupon, score!) 
  • 2x4 sheet of 1/2 plywood
  • Tools (Jig saw, straight edge, tape measure, 1/2 spade drill bit, drill, sand paper)
  • Stain (I used minwax Jacobean)
  • Christmas lights

This project was pretty straight forward, so I'll let the pictures do most of the talking. 
After I marked the placement of my lights, I drilled holes into the plywood using a 1/2 spade drill.  This was the perfect size and allowed the tip of the ornament to fit fairly snug into the hole. 
I added scrap pieces of wood to the back of the arrow to allow it to sit off the wall and make room for the wires.   I also added a D ring picture hook to one of the scrap pieces to hang the arrow on the wall.
Once I made sure my lights fit, I attached the clear ornaments to the wood by applying Gorilla glue around the tip of the ornament.



I hung the light on the wall next to the bar in our basement and love how it looks. 
Do you notice that white eye sore on the wall?  When we gutted our basement a few years ago we planned on building a "L" shape bar, but later realized it just wasn't going to work.   We ended up changing our plans and just doing a straight bar, but never did anything with the outlet.  As much of an eyesore as it is, having an outlet in the middle of the wall came in handy for plugging in my new light.


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28 comments:

  1. Love this! Never seen it done with ornaments before, very creative!

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  2. Oh my gosh, this is AMAZING! I'm so jealous of your wood-working skills. I almost maimed myself trying to make my marquee sign. I totally want this in my house! Lurve!

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    1. Aww, thanks Erica! You could totally make one of these!

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  3. Yay for marquee signs!! I love the arrow and love that it's something you can keep up year round! I wish I could keep my sign out 24/7. I still might.

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    1. Thanks Bre! You could keep your sign up year round. Friends may look at you funny, but you can still do it! :)

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  4. First off, you're amazing for cutting that arrow yourself. Second off, it is the PERFECT piece for your basement bar area. I love it! Great job on this one, Katie!

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    1. Thanks Bre! It's the first time I ever used a jig saw and I think I might be hooked!

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  5. Love the arrow and the instructions are so easy to follow! Michelle @ Dandelion Patina

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  6. Brilliant! This is SO, SUPER creative Katie!!! Fabulous my friend!!!

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  7. Wow Kristi! Can you give me some lessons on using the saw?? You are brave, lady!! So beautiful!!
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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  8. What a cool light--I love it! One of these days I'd love to make a marquee light. Thanks for sharing how you did it--I'm pinning this in case I ever get to this "someday" project.

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  9. Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board. Looks amazing and love that you gave a twist to the clear bauble challenge.

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  10. You have some serious wood-working skills, girl!! I love your marquee arrow!!

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  11. I have seen a lot of DIY marquee and I love that you made yours to look like wood rather than faux metal! I would actually make this! It looks fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. What a fun marquee light! Love this DIY! It looks amazing!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  13. I love this challenge and love your project! Thanks for sharing on Show Me Saturday!

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  14. It is a great idea and design.
    I will rave! !
    Thank you I will love you always nice blog.
    "ARIGATO" This is a word of appreciation of Japanese.

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  15. Your arrow marquee is so cool! I love it!
    ~Bonnie

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  16. I love this idea! I'm thinking of marquee initials for my kids' rooms. Thanks for the tutorial. Pinned for later :)

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  17. So Creative! Wow, I need to make time to do fun things like this...#pinned #pinworthywednesday

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  18. Such a fun idea! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    I would love for you to share this post {and others} at my Show Me Saturday linky party! Our next party will be the first Saturday in January. Hope to see you there!
    ~ Ashley

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