DIY Home Decor | Neon Letter Bookends
Sunday, 9 April 2017
| WHAT YOU NEED |
| HOW YOU MAKE THEM |
The neon light trend isn't going anywhere and I was keen to get some of that into my home in a subtle way, without committing to an art piece [though, after this DIY, I think that's not too far away!]
To create the effects of a traditional neon light, I threaded my lights to hide the backings, or shapes the light strip with wire at joining points in the letter. To do this neatly, I drilled holes in each of the connecting points, large enough to thread my light through. You will also want to think about where the wires may join, or need to be stretched between letters, where the on/off switch will be placed and where any wires may or may not be visible.
For the 'A', I had the light threaded in through the bottom right hand corner, the light held in place to change direction in the top right, again in the top left and threaded through at the bottom left. The light was then threaded back in and to the back across the middle.
The 'Z' was even simpler - a point to thread in at the top left, held in place at the top right and bottom left and thread out at the bottom right.
Mark the letter where these points need to be in pencil before grabbing a drill and making your holes:
To keep the light in place when it needs to change direction, simply cut a short length of wire to bend around the light and thread each end through the hole:
Keeping the wire taught, repeat at the next point of direction change and until the light is threaded out. Here, hold the light in place with tape to make sure the lines you have created stay put and to neatly tidy any excess strip.
As my letters are being used as bookends, the wires can be hidden and tracked using wire organisers behind the books: