DIY ON A BUDGET: Bright, Glowy Light-Up Letters! | A Tutorial By Kindred


Hi lovely readers!

Today we’re sharing a DIY that requires *drumroll*… fake greens!  Eeek!  What would invoke such a thing?!  Well, clearly, we’re usually the #1 advocates for using fresh greens whenever possible… but occasionally, just occasionally, fake greens’ll do the trick.  In this case, it’s for what could be a more permanent fixture… a piece to hang over the bed, over the guest signing table, in front of the wedding party reception table (yes, those last two weren’t necessarily permanent but they can then be reused!).  Of course, if you prefer, you can also do this with real greens, but for all you who are looking for a DIY that might last a little over a week, this one’s for you ;)

1 Kindred wedding diy project - light up letter monogram

What you’ll need:
- Fake greens
- Bark wire
- Battery-powered firefly/rice lights on metallic wire (like these)
- Hot glue gun
- Scissors

2 Kindred wedding diy project - light up letter monogram

Step 1:
Shape the bark wire to form your letter — I did about a foot-and-a-half-tall cursive “a”.  Twist the wire to hold it in place where needed, or even use the hot glue gun for extra security.

3 Kindred wedding diy project - chrismas light up letter monogram

Step 2:
Cut small sprigs of the fake greens and arrange them to cover the bark, attaching with hot glue.  You can get as bushy as you’d like with it, but I went for a more delicate look and kept it pretty light!

4 Kindred wedding diy inspiration project - christmas light up letter monogram

Step 3:
Twist in the rice lights and then… (the fun part) switch them on!

5 Kindred wedding diy project inspiration - christmas light up letter monogram


Bright, glowy and green… and fake!  Can ya tell? :)

xoxo,  Kindred

On the lookout for more fun things to do/read?  Go check out everything Kindred has created for readers of TKB since the beginning of time of when they started doing it.  YayYUH!


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  1. lena on May 12, 2014

    GAH–how darling!

  2. What a fun idea! I’m definitely putting this on my list of DIYs to try!

  3. Jessica Ingraham on May 14, 2014

    I got to use these little lights as part of my booth last year and they got so many comments- little lights will always have that intrinsic “magical” quality to them. I love that you paired them with these greens–it’s very elegant.

  4. Hannah Arkelin on July 25, 2014

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing an affordable project for brides on a budget. Looking forward to the next one!

  5. Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} on August 18, 2014

    This looks easy enough and I love that it fits into a budget!

  6. Fotograf Piekary Śląskie on October 25, 2014

    fajny pomysł

  7. Shining Star Photo Booth on December 5, 2014

    What a great idea! I think this fits so well with rustic barn style venues and themes that are becoming so in fashion with weddings.

  8. Stacey Hannan Designs on March 23, 2015

    Wow, what an amazing idea. Brilliant for any occasion.

  9. Lauren at Vows and Valor on May 1, 2015

    Love this idea! This would even make wonderful home decor for those who are not getting married!

  10. Photographers in Chandigarh on April 30, 2016

    I never thought it could be this easy! Thank you!

  11. Vini @ MayaFlowers on June 13, 2016

    Its beautiful perfect for your house, busniesss, cabin or any outdoor area your wedding and anything with LOVE involved!!!

  12. Robb McCormick on April 10, 2017

    This is such a great idea. Thank you for sharing. I will definitely be sharing this with by brides this year!


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