I saw a few ideas for cheap alternatives to fancy expensive neon lights over on Pinterest, so I thought I would have a go at making my own version. And I thought I’d share some of the other ace ideas I saw, that probably make my own makes look totally rubbish!
All you need to buy is some EL Wire – which you can get pretty cheaply from Amazon. It’s a thin neon cable attached to a battery pack and, whilst the effect isn’t as dramatic as neon tube lighting, it makes a pretty effective night light. I attempted two versions – a neon cloud and a star.
For the cloud, it was a little more complicated. I bent some thick copper wire into a cloud shape using pliers (I tried a flamingo first and decided that was waaaaaay over ambitious) then glued the cable around the cloud using my trusty glue gun. It was a little tricky, but I liked the effect in the end. The only problem was that the cable turned out to be faulty and now only flashes, turning my littlest one’s bedroom into a slightly annoying (and a bit scary) thunderstorm effect cloud. So she hates it.
Take 2, the star, was really easy. I measured out a star shape on Amelie’s bedroom wall, then hammered nails into each of the points and corners. Then all I needed to do was start from the bottom nail and wrap the wire around the star tightly to produce the effect I wanted.
Having had a little look on the web at some other DIY neon lights, here are my favourites:
Shrimp Salad Circus, another super cool blog, came up with this lovely cactus version. Cacti are still a massive trend in the crafting world and we love them. Laura upcycled some kiddie shoes with cacti embroidery and it was all kinds of awesome.
Are you feeling all neon now? I want more! I think a neon sign would be great, if I can just think of something non-cheesey to write.