DIY lighted holiday chalkboard sign, "All is calm, all is bright" tutorial by Ana-White.com
3 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 24x30" chalkboard panel (I purchased a 24x48" one and cut it down to size)
1 pack of cordless LED christmas lights (I used a 20 pack but 30 might have been nicer)
4 - 1x2 @ 24"
2 - 1x2 @ 30"
2 - 1x2 @ 25-1/2" (cut these to fit)
1 - 24" x 30" chalkboard panel
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Insert the chalkboard panel inside the frame.
Draw the words out in chalk (I used a chalkboard marker) and space stars close enough together that your string lights can hop between the stars. Drill out the stars with a spade bit sized big enough for the lights to pass through. Secure lights to back with tape.
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It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.