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Holiday Lighted Sign

Craft a merry greeting.

Source: Martha Stewart


Skill Level: Advanced

Time: 4 to 5 hours, plus drying time


Watch a video of Martha completing this project.


  • 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper

  • Tape

  • Carbon transfer paper

  • 24-by-36-inch piece of 1/2-inch medium-density fiberboard (MDF) (can be cut to order at The Home Depot)

  • Pen

  • Drill with 27/64-inch bit

  • Sandpaper

  • 3-inch-wide strips of 1/2-inch MDF: 2 pieces 36 inches long, 2 pieces 24 inches long

  • Wood glue

  • Clamps

  • “L” brackets

  • Screwdriver bit

  • Eggshell paint (any color)

  • 6-inch foam roller and tray

  • 2 1-inch screw eyes or picture-hanging hardware

  • Drill bit for screw eyes


  1. Download word template of your choice at and print on 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper. Tape the carbon transfer paper and template on top of each other on the MDF board. Template papers will need to be tiled and overlap to create the word. Mark X’s on each dot on the template.

  2. Drill holes through each X on the MDF board. Tip: Place a second piece of MDF board or other scrap board under the one you're drilling for support.

  3. Sand the MDF for a smooth surface.

  4. Build a frame for the sign with the strips of MDF sized to the width and length of the box. Glue to the back and sides of the sign with wood glue, then clamp on both ends. Let sit for 2 to 3 hours. 

  5. Secure sides of box with “L” brackets, and screw them into place.

  6. Paint the board with color of your choosing. Let dry. 

  7. Remove caps from light bulbs and push lights through holes. Replace caps on lights.

  8. Drill pilot holes. Attach two screw eyes to the top of sign for hanging from a signpost, or attach picture-hanging hardware to the back to hang on the wall.

  9. Hang and enjoy! Great for indoor or outdoor use.

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