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Babe Cave Neon Sign

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Amanda Lynn Hendrix

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Amanda Lynn Hendrix

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A simple carving for a DIY neon sign

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Material Description Price
Maple Plywood (Rotary)

Maple Plywood (Rotary)

Thickness: 3/4 in, Dimensions: 8 in × 12 in

$6.00

$6.00
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1

Carve Design

30 minutes

Carve the chosen design – my design is for a home gym that my friend affectionately dubbed the “Babe Cave”, but you can obviously adjust to whatever you’d like! The key is to carve using a 90-degree V-Bit and to carve about 1/8" into your plywood or scrap wood.

2

Paint Sign

5 minutes

This step is optional, but I painted my sign black so the lighting would stand out a bit more. You could also stain it, or paint the same color as the wall to help it blend in.

3

Drill Holes

Drill entry and exit holes at the beginning and end of each word in your design. This is what you’ll thread your wire through when attaching.

4

Attach EL Wire

You can find EL wire on Amazon for about $10 – I attached using DAP’s RapidFuse adhesive. I found it was the best glue for the sign as it didn’t make a mess, it set quickly, and was essentially invisible once it dried. Attach the EL wire all along the channel you carved, then cut off the excess!