This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase through one of my links I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.
These light up Christmas signs are loads of fun to make! The best part is you can make them from your old Christmas gift bags. If you don’t have any leftovers, the dollar stores have great selections for just $1.00!
I found this bag at Dollar General. Grab a strand of battery operated lights while you’re there. I think they were around $3.00.
Supplies You Will Need
- Small Christmas Gift Bag
- Strand of Battery Operated Lights
- 1 sheet of printer paper or light colored construction paper
- 8×10 Frame
- Safety Pin
- Glue Stick
- Wrapping Paper (optional)
How To Upcycle Christmas Gift Bags to Light Up Signs
Gather up all of your supplies. The first thing we are going to do is cut one side of the Christmas bag out. You can actually make two signs out of each bag if you like.
Glue your copy paper to the back of the Christmas picture and cut the excess paper off. This will help filter the light and give it a softer glow. Next, you are going to use a safety pin to poke a hole through the picture everywhere you want the light to shine through.
Once you have your holes poked, flip the picture over so you are looking at the back. You should be able to see all of your pinhole marks. Now we are going to tape down the lights to the back. Start at the top and locate your first pinhole. Place one of the lights directly over it and tape it down.
Repeat this process for every pinhole that you made.
After you’re done there will probably be some of the wire parts sticking up that you will want to tape down too.
My bag was slightly smaller than the 8×10 frame I put it in. I used the sides of the bag, like a matte to fill in the gap between the picture and the frame. You could also use a fun design from Christmas gift wrap, a ribbon or an actual matte board if your bag isn’t exactly 8×10.
The last thing to do is put the back on the frame. If the lights will not allow you to put the tabs back in, you can just tape it down, which I had to do in some places.
Set your frame up, turn on the lights and enjoy your new light up Christmas Sign!
Be warned, they are fun and addicting to make. I may have had my husband looking through all the gift bags at the store with me so I could make more for friends.
Thanks for stopping by, don’t forget to check the links below for more great Christmas crafts.
And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter and get more fun and easy craft ideas delivered straight to your inbox.
Chris Butler has helped thousands of crafters learn how to use their Cricut machine without feeling overwhelmed. She is a best selling author and an up and coming designer. For fun Chris enjoys designing SVG Files, hanging out with her family (preferably at the lake), traveling, and volunteering at her church. She is a wife and mom of two crazy fun kids.