From a Plain Bulletin Board to an Illuminated Christmas Miracle!

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3 Hours

I had a vision...

My mantel needed a focal point for Christmas, so I was going to create this night scene on a painted black backdrop with mini lights posing as twinkling stars in the night.

However, as I worked further on the project, that all changed. (they always do...)

It became bigger... and BETTER!

Rather than boards, I grabbed an old bulletin board I had in my stash instead.

I then messed with an easy-to-use stencil in such a (good) way that created a NEW design, and the mini lights would now highlight the sign in a much more meaningful way...

Here's how it turned out and how it looks on the now Christmas mantel!

Hard to believe that's a bulletin board, isn't it?

I started with a 24 x 36 bulletin board I had in my stash. It got a coat of my fav black (Fusion Mineral) paint and then it was onto the next step.

A Christmas Trees stencil was used to create the image as it was originally intended for.

But... I had this brainstorm that had to be played out...

You get that, right?

I Imagined the trees compiled into one BIG tree... would it work?

Oh yes, I did ask that many times over.

Stencil is from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils HERE

Well look at that! I loved the outcome! It's pretty already!

However with a little chippy wood and a string of mini lights, it was time to add extra details to truly bring out major festive bling.

Holes were drilled into each of the stenciled trees, then white mini lights were pulled in from behind.

Again and again and again.

Then I stood up, stood back and gasped... it was really working!

They don't always...

And here is where this illuminated Christmas Trees sign ended up!

That's quite the bulletin board, huh? Wonder what the office supply place would say to this outcome...

Does this inspire you to illuminate a DIY sign of your own?

(visit the original blog post HERE for the full tutorial and stencil details)

Suggested materials:

  • Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils   (
  • Fusion Mineral Paint   (
  • 24 x 36 bulletin board   (thrift store find)
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Donna at Funky Junk Interiors
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  • Sunny Sunny on Dec 01, 2018

    I love this Christmas tree lighted sign! But was wondering, what is on the sides? Is that wood, like a frame but only in the sides? Love the whole look, too!


  • Dronerg Dronerg on Dec 10, 2018

    Have to say this is fab. Love the fireplace too. Is that a DIY project?

  • Sunny Sunny on Nov 11, 2019

    OMG!! Love this! 😍. I make wood pictures and have been wanting to try lights in them, but never fully understood how. You explain it perfectly! However, after looking at your blog, too, I do have one question. Did you glue the lights at all, or do they stay in place without gluing? Love your entire fireplace setting, too. Thank you for the inspiration!!


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