Halo (the game) offers cool game play but no merchandise for parties. I had to think of something for one of my nephews birthday parties. My options were print and cut out pictures of the master chief and his vehicles or whip up something fabulous. So I “whipped” and came up with a sick center piece for the party. It’s the coolest DIY light up sign.
This was my first time attempting this type of project. It took some planning and a little trial and error. What I came up with was a foam board box that I carved the image into and back-lit it with LED’s. In total the signs cost me about $10.00 per light up sign.
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Foam board (3 pack) – $5.74 , check your local dollar store as well.
Self healing cutting mat – $12.99
Brads – $2.99
Velum – $11.91 (you can buy single sheets at your local craft store.)
LED lights – $9.59
Template – $0.00 – I took a piece of tracing paper and found the logo on google and traced it from my lap top screen.
Tape – $3.29
Hot glue gun with hot glue – $7.99
INSTRUCTIONS FOR DIY LIGHT UP SIGN:
For my sign I measured 13″ tall x 10″ wide.
Then measured alternating sections first 4″ then 2 1/2″ and so on until I had 4 sections
Place a straight edge along the lines and score the top piece of paper. Making sure to not cut all the way through.
Cut the outside lines to release the box from the foam board.
Mark which sides you will be tracing and carving the design and place an arrow to indicate where the top is. Not necessary if you are making a one-sided design.
Place your template on to the foam board and trace your design.
Place your board on the self-healing mat. Cut out your design using an exacto knife. Take it slow so you don’t cut yourself and make any mistakes.
Cut through the top of the design and then “dig” out all the foam from the inside.
Pick up your foam board and carefully insert exacto knife through the back of your design to remove the rest of the paper.
If you are making a “metal” looking box use a little template and make a slit for each brad to slide into. Place brads, flip over and push tabs down
Insert brads. Turn board over and close all brads.
Temporarily close the box with tape and place box on the extra foam board. Trace and cut out sides. Place brads here as well.
Take outside or in your garage and spray paint all parts. It took about 4 light coats of spray paint for my project.
Cut velum to fit over carved area. Carefully tape in sections so you don’t have any wavy surfaces.
Decide where the light switches will go and tape them down. Continue to tape lights down around the design. Repeat all steps on both sides for a two-sided design.
Place a small amount of hot glue along the edge and close box. Glue down side of box without the switches.
Place velcro strips along the side of the box and on side panel where light switches are.
Viola you have your very own custom-made light up box.
SORRY FOR THE TERRIBLE PICTURES! I had to take them in haste so there was not time to make them look amazing.
This is a truly versatile DIY craft project. I think the sky’s the limit on design and characters. I believe that you could even print a design on the velum to make something with a little more color. Hopefully I will be making these types of signs in the future for something a little more girly.