Saturday, November 22, 2014

DIY Light Up Vintage Santa Cutout

DIY Lighted Vintage Santa Cutout From My Front Porch To Yours
Last month when I saw this large Vintage Santa Cutout over on Antique Farm House I knew I had to have him so in my cart he jumped. 

DIY Lighted Vintage Santa Cutout From My Front Porch To Yours
When he arrived he was just as great in person but I felt needed something more.
DIY Lighted Vintage Santa Cutout From My Front Porch To Yours
The Christmas tree I knew could come to life with a few simple steps.
DIY Lighted Vintage Santa Cutout From My Front Porch To Yours
To bring the tree to life all I needed was a string of white lights, a drill, Gorilla tape, a small screw, and a 5/16 drill bit.
DIY Lighted Vintage Santa Cutout From My Front Porch To Yours
First thing I had to do was to take off the stand on the back of the cutout. 
DIY Lighted Vintage Santa Cutout  Pilot Holes From My Front Porch To Yours
Then I used a small screw to make pilot holes for the large drill bit. I was afraid if I started out with just the large drill bit it would tear up the design.
DIY Lighted Vintage Santa Cutout From My Front Porch To Yours
The pilot holes made it very easy to drill the full size holes.
DIY Lighted Vintage Santa Cutout From My Front Porch To Yours
Here is what I had when drilling was complete. A vacuum cleaner comes in handy at this point!;)
DIY Lighted Vintage Santa Cutout From My Front Porch To Yours
Next I flipped the cutout back over and used a sanding block to get rid of any splintered wood.
DIY Lighted Vintage Santa Cutout From My Front Porch To Yours
The next step was to configure the light layout. I ended up having approximately one light in between each light when inserted into the holes.
DIY Lighted Vintage Santa Cutout From My Front Porch To Yours
Since some of the lights were a little wobbly I used my Gorilla tape and secured the lights on the back of the cutout. After that I reattached the stand.
DIY Lighted Vintage Santa Cutout From My Front Porch To Yours
With a few easy steps I was able to add some unexpected Christmas magic to this Vintage Santa Cutout. He will be a wonderful new addition to our Christmas front porch this year!
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25 comments:

  1. Wow ! He is so fabulous ! Love the addition of your lights !

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  2. Ahhh-Maaaz-Ing!!!! I love it! This is one of the greatest Christmas decorations I have ever seen! (Heart melt).
    Michelle from simplysantabarbara.blogspot.com

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  3. The lights really made it so much more special!

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  4. I saw him too last month and thought what a great Santa he is. All vintage and everything. You Rock him out Girl this is great with the lights. Love it even more.
    Kris

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  5. Oh now he is one CUTIE!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  6. He is fabulous! What a great idea adding the lights.

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  7. Oh my gosh! I just adore your vintage Santa cutout and you made him so much better by adding the lights!

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  8. How clever!! He will be a nice addition to any house for Christmas!

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  9. Just love your idea Pamela...the Santa is fantastic!

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  10. Pamela! Antique Farmhouse is on of my fave websites...I have such a weakness for their things, You can find them everywhere in my home!! I love this Santa! And you did a great thing adding those lights...very clever of you!!

    Jane xx

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  11. Pamela....he is going to look fabulous on my front porch.....seriously though, this is so darn cute and unique!

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  12. What a fabulous idea. Real wow factor. You did a wonderful job. Enjoy your Santa!

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  13. i love this! what a great way to make this fabulous vintage santa even better! thganks for stopping by my blog & leaving a comment.
    happy thanksgiving- MJ

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  14. Love that you added the lights. He is wonderful! Great job!

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  15. Pamela, how beautiful that is and the lights add that extra special touch. Love it! have a great day, Lisa

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  16. Oh my word, how fabulous is he. Love it. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

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  17. Love how you improved the tree! Joining you at A Stroll Through Life - Inspire Me Tuesday - #105

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  18. Well, look at how smart and creative you are. That is just too cute!

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  19. Pamela he's a beauty and I love how you added the lights!!

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  20. What a great find! I would have grabbed him too! Your addition of the lights is right on! Perfect! Fun new addition to Christmas.
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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