Do you love the look of neon signs, but don’t want to spend the money to have one custom-made?
Well, you’re in luck! In this blog post, we will teach you how to make your own DIY neon sign. It’s a fun and easy project that can be completed in just a few hours.
Check out some of our favorite plans below:
13+ DIY Neon Sign Plans
1. Fake Neon Sign
Fake neon signs have been around for a while, but they’ve always looked… well, fake.
But with today’s technology, it’s now possible to create realistic-looking neon signs that are actually quite easy to make.
2. “NEON” Led-sign
Neon signs in a graffiti style are all the rage these days.
You’ve seen them in trendy restaurants and bars, and they always seem to add a touch of urban sophistication to the décor.
But what you may not know is that those neon signs are actually quite easy to make yourself – and we’re going to show you how below:
3. Neon Fallout Sign
A Fallout video game neon sign is a great example of a modern neon sign- great if you love this weird, retro video game.
4. El Wire “Neon” Sign
5. Neon Pig BBQ Sign
BBQ restaurants use neon signs in their windows to attract customers- and this one is positively scrumptious.
6. DIY Led Neon Sign – Daft Punk
Daft Punk, a well-known French electronic music duo, is popularly portrayed in neon lights.
7. DIY LED Based Neon Open Sign
Open signs are a common type of neon sign used by businesses.
Neon signs can be used to light up dark corners or areas that would otherwise be too dim.
8. Neon Toys. the Neon Sign for a Car
A DIY neon sign is a great way to make your space more creative and personal. It’s also a great project to work on with friends or family.
9. Neon Style LED Sign – No Soldering
10. Faux Aged Neon Pub Sign
Neon signs are not just for restaurants and bars. They can be used to create a memorable and unique experience for your business.
11. Sonic the Hedgehog Neon Sign
This type of sign is ideal if you want to illuminate a small space or area where there is no light. The material that it’s made from reflects light in many directions with an intensity that depends on the material’s thickness. You can purchase neon signs from any hardware store or from an online retailer and have it customized with your business name and logo for an easy way to advertise your business!
12. Led Neon Sign With Wall Grid
Neon signs are an excellent way to grab the attention of people passing by your store or office. They can also be used as a creative way to display your company’s logo or slogan, which will make it memorable and recognizable.
13. DIY Neon Light Art
When you have a neon sign outside of your store, it also creates an inviting atmosphere for customers to walk in and explore what you have on offer.
14. How to Make a Realistic Faux Neon Sign – Super Bright!
Neon signs are cool because they can be used for different purposes – business advertisement, decorative lighting etc.
15. DIY Logo Sign With LED Lighting
How to Make a DIY Neon Sign
All you need is some basic tools and supplies, and a little bit of creativity. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
Why make one instead of buying it
as before you may have had to go out and spend a hundred or more dollars on an electric sign, you can now make your own for around thirty. Not only is this more affordable, it also gives you the creative freedom to design whatever you like.
How to make one
What You’ll Need
- EL wire in the color(s) of your choice to buy:
- Wire cutters
- A soldering iron and solder
- A screwdriver
- Tape measure or ruler
- Clear acrylic sheet, at least 24″ x 24″
- Ruler or a straight edge
- Exacto knife or a saw
- Painter’s tape
- A power drill and bits (optional)
Step One: Decide on the Design of Your Sign
The first step in making your DIY neon sign is to decide on the design. This can be anything you like, from a simple word or phrase to a complex illustration. If you’re not sure where to start, you can find inspiration online or in magazines.
Step Two: Draft Your Design
Once you have decided on a design, it’s time to draft it out. Draw your design onto the clear acrylic sheet using a pencil. Be sure to measure and mark the dimensions of your sign, so that you can cut it accurately later on.
Step Three: Cut Out the Sign
Using a saw or an Exacto knife, cut out the design from the acrylic sheet. If you’re using a saw, be careful not to cut yourself!
Step Four: Solder the EL Wire
Now it’s time to solder the EL wire to the acrylic sheet. First, measure and cut the wire to length, then strip off the insulation. Use a soldering iron to attach the wire to the acrylic sheet, making sure that it is securely attached.
Be sure to leave enough slack in the wire so that it can be easily hidden behind the sign.
Step Five: Tape the Wires in Place
Once the EL wire is attached, use tape to secure it in place. This will help to keep it from moving around and getting tangled up.
Step Six: Drill Holes for the Mounting Screws
If you want to mount your sign, you’ll need to drill holes for the screws. Use a power drill and a bit that is the same size as the screws you are using. Drill the holes in the corners of the sign, then screw in the mounting screws.
Step Seven: Hang Your Sign
Now that your sign is finished, all that’s left to do is hang it up! Use some screws or nails to attach it to the wall, and you’re done!
How to hang it
Once you have your sign completed, you’ll need to find a place to hang it. If you’re lucky enough to have an office with a door, you can
- A power source (or battery pack)
- Command hooks (optional)
How to Make It
Now that you know what you’ll need and to Find EL Wire.
EL wire can be found at most craft stores, as well as online retailers like Amazon. It comes in a variety of colors, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. you will cut the wire to the desired length using wire cutters.
Be sure to leave enough extra wire on each end so that you can easily connect it to the power source and/or battery pack.
Next, use a soldering iron and solder to connect the two ends of the EL wire together. Make sure that the connection is secure to get started
Once the wire is connected, you can begin to form your letters. Use a pencil and protractor to draw out the desired shape of each letter, and then use scissors to cut it out.
Be sure to leave enough space between each letter so that the light will be visible.
Once you have all of your you have finished creating your letters, use pliers to twist the end of the EL wire around a screwdriver.
This will help keep it in place while you are attaching it to the power source or battery pack.
Finally, use tape measure or ruler to determine how far apart each letter should be spaced on your sign.
DIY neon signs are all the rage right now, and for good reason – they’re affordable, customizable,
What are some popular styles?
You might want to create a neon sign with a certain phrase or just your name, there are endless possibilities when it comes to style. Popular styles include
What are some popular examples?
If you’re looking for some inspiration, take a look at these popular examples of DIY neon signs.
- “You Are Here”
- “Bless This Mess”
- “Stay Humble & Kind”
- “Life Is Beautiful”
- Your Name or Favorite Phrase!
Now that you know how to make
Where to hang it
Where to hang one’s neon sign is an important decision. Some people may want to hang it in their living room, so that they can enjoy its colorful glow while relaxing on the couch. Others may choose to hang it in their bedroom, to help them get a good night’s sleep.
If you’re a shop or restaurant owner, you can hang your neon sign on the wall or in the windows for all your potential customers to see. Office workers may want to hang their sign in their personal office or cubicle to add a touch of their personality and to help maintain motivation.
Benefits to businesses
If you’re making one for your business there are several benefits:
- They can be used as a form of advertising
- They can help create a fun and festive atmosphere
- They are a great way to show your customers that you’re up with the latest trends
- They can be used to light up dark corners or areas that would otherwise be too dim
How long will my neon sign last?
Neon signs typically last around 10,000 hours of use.
Do I need a special power source?
You will need a power source that provides at least 12 volts of direct current in order to power your sign.
Can I change the colors on my sign?
Yes, you can change the colors on your sign by using different colored EL wire.
What’s the best way to hang my sign?
You can hang your neon sign with either command hooks or nails/screws. Be sure to use a level to ensure that it is hung straight.
How often do I need to replace the battery in my battery pack?
The average battery life for a CR2032 battery is about two years. However, this will vary depending on how often the sign is used.
Hi, my name’s Elena Coolidge. I’m a DIY enthusiast who loves building fun woodworking plans. These DIY plans are fun hobby projects for enthusiasts or even more advanced builders that want to build things like bunk beds, end tables or even a duck box!