Welcome to the third edition of the HD Monthly Gift Challenge! In this challenge I am joining up with 12 other bloggers to come up with a creative gift for someone using a designated Home Depot item.
*Home Depot does not sponsor this challenge in any way.*
If you missed the last 2 challenges, we chose copper fittings for our first challenge and wood dowels for our second. I made a DIY Space-saving Copper Pipe Lamp with Charging Station and then a DIY Learning Toy for Toddlers for my 15 month-old. I’m really enjoying this monthly challenge, and I love seeing what the other bloggers come up with too! If you’d like to check out all the projects so far, just take a look at our challenge board on Pinterest!
This month’s item was pegboard to be given to any recipient. I made a nursery gift for a friend who is having a baby soon. Pegboard is such an awesome DIY material and the ultimate tool for organizing any space. I really wanted to go beyond storage with this project, so here’s what I came up with!
Here’s what you need to make your own pegboard marquee sign:
2′ x 2′ piece of pegboard (My HD had 2’x4′ pieces and I had them cut it to the same length as is was wide, so that it was square)
2 strings of lights (100 lights each string)
2 6 foot long 1x3s
Tools: carpenter’s square, drill, Kreg Jig or wood glue and brad nailer
You will want to start with creating the layout of your letters on the back of the pegboard. I used graph paper and a pencil to space out the letters and get an idea of how things would look before transferring it to the back of the pegboard. I then used a sharpie to draw between the holes I would use for each letter. Of course you will be drawing on the letters backwards, as this is the back of the sign.
For any letters or shapes you make that have diagonal lines, you will have to drill a few extra holes. I just placed a ruler from, say, the top of the “W” to the bottom and marked off each row where the ruler laid and those became the holes for the lights. Be sure to drill from front to back, as pegboard tears when you drill into it.
Next, make the frame for the sign with the 1×3’s. Cut 2 pieces the same length as the pegboard. Then cut the other 2 pieces the length of the pegboard plus the 2 sides you just cut; these with overlap the first 2 pieces and create the square frame.
Next, I cut little squares from the 1x3s and attached them to each corner with my pocket hole jig. I would recommend using 2 pocket holes per piece for better stability; that’s what I will do next time.
I recessed the wood squares down into the frame just enough so that the pegboard would sit flush with the top of the frame. I used brad nails to secure the pegboard down into the 4 corner blocks I placed.
Then I taped off the frame and painted the pegboard. I used Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Artissimo, mostly because it’s what I had lying around that was a navy-esque blue. I painted 3 coats then removed the tape. I used a light gray stain on the frame called Driftwood.
Last came the most tedious part of the process; gluing in almost 200 lights. I applied a bead of hot glue around the plastic base of each light and held it in its designated hole for about 60 seconds, or until the glue was firm enough. Here’s a close up of the craziness.
And here she is, all lit up at night. I love the soft glow it gives off, perfect for a nursery!
Thanks so much for checking out my project today! Below you can see each project the other bloggers made from their pegboard. Just click each picture to read about their projects on the their blogs!
Have you ever using pegboard in a creative way? What did you create with it?
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