Arrange the Shims on the Wood Box
Tip: Make your own box if you can’t find a pre-made one. Visit the lumber department at your local Lowe’s, pick up wood boards, have one of our specialists cut them into the sizes you need, and nail them together. Just remember to leave the top open.
Place new shims (make sure they don’t have any holes or paint on them) side-by-side along the top of an open, wooden box.
Write a Holiday Greeting
Print out a holiday greeting of your choice. Then, use a pair of scissors to cut closely around the words. Next, place this stencil wherever you like on top of the shims.
Mark Drill Holes
Once you’ve decided where the holiday greeting will be, take a pencil and draw dots around the stencil to mark spots where you will drill holes in the shims so lights can shine through.
Tip:Make sure the dots you draw are inside the frame of the box, not on it or outside of it.
Drill Holes for the Holiday Greeting
Use a 5/32-in wood drill bit (or one that is slightly bigger if you’ve picked up wider string lights) to drill holes where the pencil marks are.
Make sure you drill all holes before you begin painting your shims to avoid any cracks in the surface.
Paint the Shims
Use a paint brush to paint the shims any colour you like. Remember to wait for each coat to dry before applying the next one.
Tip: Want an unfinished or vintage look? Stick to a single coat.
Put the Lights in the Box
Move the shims off to the side and use a 1/4-in drill bit to create a groove in the bottom left corner of the box frame. Then, place the string lights into the box and pull the plug through the groove you just made.
Attach the Shims to the Box Frame
Place the shims back on top of the frame. Use finishing nails and a hammer to attach the shims to the wooden box frame.
Track Chalk Over the Holiday Greeting
Flip your stencil around and use a piece of chalk (or a chalk marker) to trace over the letters. Turn it back around and use painter’s tape to attach it to the shims.
Use your pencil to trace over the letters, imprinting the chalk onto the shims. Then, remove both the tape and the stencil, and use your chalk to darken the letters or fill in any gaps.
Let Your Holiday Sign Shine
Place your sign near an outlet, plug it into a socket, and enjoy the holiday cheer!
Make your own Christmas decorations this year by making your own Christmas ornament vase.
Decorate your walls for Christmas with a mirror that also reflects the feelings of the holiday season. Use an existing mirror or buy one to re-use year after year.