A DIY from Dream Jobbing finalist, Kristen Joy.


  • Foam board
  • Frame size of your choice (I used a 20 x 20 Ikea RIBBA frame)
  • Favorite wrapping paper/fabric (if you want to make a mirror with bulbs on it use metallic wrapping paper)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Ruler
  • X-acto knife
  • Outdoor patio bulb lights
  • Permanent marker
  • Zip ties
  • Scissors
  • Picture hanging kit
  • Hot glue gun

DIY Finalist: Kristen Joy - Home & Family


1) First, you'll need to measure the foam board to match the size of the glass in your frame. Simply pop the glass out and trace the glass on the foam board. Using the X- acto knife, cut out the foam.

2) If this is a re-purposed frame, you can measure the inside of the back of the frame), and then measure, trace and cut the foam.

3) Now, it's time to insert the foam board into the frame to make sure it fits. If not, NOW is the time to fix it! DIYs don't always go as planned, but luckily most of the time there's an easy fix available.

4) If the foam fits, it's time to apply the wrapping paper.

5) Roll out your wrapping paper, and then lay the board on top of the wrapping paper, making sure to leave a little extra on each side.

6) Now it's time to bust out that adhesive spray, I recommend Elmer's Glue brand. Make sure that your floor is properly protected, or opt to do this outdoors. Spray one side of the board with the adhesive. Then carefully lay your piece of wrapping paper on the board, smoothing it out on all sides. Cut off any extra paper.

7) On the back of the board create your image.

8) Once you've drawn out your image with a permanent marker, it's time to cut! Make 3 cuts in the shape of an asterisk, a little bigger than the size of a quarter.

9) Then, take your permanent marker or anything else you might have handy to pre- punch through the holes. After you've done this, make sure to cut away any extra foam that might be in your way.

10) Now it's time to assemble to lights! Start from the bottom with the female end. Carefully place the lights through the holes.

11) As you work your way around to the male end make sure that the lights are evenly spaced. Once you are finished, take a zip tie, gather any excess lights and secure them.

12) Grab your frame and carefully insert the foam board. Get out that glue gun and apply a thin layer of glue around the inner perimeter. Think of the caulking in your bathtub, you want the foam to stick to the frame -- like birds of a feather flock together, like peanut butter on the roof of your mouth, it needs to STICK!

13) Now it's time to showcase your work! No matter where you put this marquee light art piece, it will always be a show stopper.

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