by laura janning

DIY Ticket Sign

September 3, 2012

The real Oscar worthy performance in my Media Room is this ticket sign. With a couple of  script changes we turned this project into a real show stopper.
Here's the supplies and steps needed to make your own sign.

Supplies Needed:

Finished Ply Wood ( for this project I used 2 sheets of 2ft x4ft)

Jig Saw
Screw Driver
Strips of 1 x 2 wood to go between the boards of the sign

Red Paint

Black Paint

Battery Operated Lights
Hot glue gun

Stencils template for TICKET

Black Vinyl Lettering for (2) ADMIT ONE and for numbers on each side of the sign

#6 x 1/2 inch wood screws to secure your back board to the sign
Sanding Block-Fine Grit
Picture Hanging wire and hooks

Step 1:
Cut out and trace your TICKET letters onto your sign. I cut these letters with my silhouette machine. Size, font and position is up to you.  My letters were 12 inches long for this sign and the font used was Times.

Step 2:
Determine your measurements for your corners and draw out on your sign
Step 3:
Using your jig saw cut your TICKET letters and corners out. Don't forget your safety glasses!
Step 4:
Sand down your letter edges and your corners so that they are smooth.
Step 5:
Cut the corners on your second board , sand the edges and paint it black.
Step 6:
Cut and secure 8 pieces of your 1 x 2 board. The length of each board depends on the dimensions of your sign.
Step 7:
Paint your sides and your top board. This was a custom color match that I had in our workshop so I don't have the name. 
Step 8:
Apply your vinyl letters for ADMIT ONE above and below the TICKET lettering. You will want to use smaller lettering on the top and  bigger letters below. I also added a set of numbers on each side of the sign in black vinyl.
Step 9:
Secure your battery operated lights with your glue gun on the back side of you ticket sign. For this sign  I used 2 strands of 24 lights.
Step 10:
Before attaching your boards (with the black painted side facing in), make sure that your battery wire and compartment are on the outside of the two boards. This will allow easier access if you ever need to change your battery. Using #6 1/2 inch wood screws, secure your two boards together.
Step 11:
Secure the battery compartment on the outside of your sign with hot glue. I put mine on the bottom. Attach your picture wire and hooks to the back and you are ready to hang on the wall.
This is one sign that is sure to be a best seller!

sharing at:
Between Naps on the Porch
Uncommon Designs 
Savvy Southern Style
Stone Gable
tatertots and jello
Funky Junk Interiors


  1. very cool- i love the light behind it!

  2. Laura, that is so cool. It looks fabulous. Love the carved out letters and the added lights. Great job.

  3. Laura that is just awesome. I have been thinking about getting a cricket but was worried I would not use it enough to justify the purpose. BUt when I see great projects like this, I want one! :) Hope you have a safe Labor Day! xxoo

  4. WOW, girl you are so talented!

  5. That is one of the best signs I have seen!!...You never cease to amaze me! Such an incredible sign..So well deserved the Oscar and a standing ovation!

  6. Laura, That is SUCH a great sign. Wouldn't that be fun in a media room - above the door? Lovely job and project- xo Diana

  7. And the award goes to ... Laura!

  8. Oh my goodness, Laura, I didn't even realize this had lights in it! Aren't you clever... and handy! I love it.

  9. Wow! What a really cool sign! Perfect for your movie room.

  10. You do know how awesome this sign is right? Pinned.


  11. Wow--this is such a great sign, Laura--I can totally imagine this in a home theatre!

  12. This sign looks fabulous! So classy with the lights!

  13. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE,LOVE this sign! It would go perfect in our family room, that is decorated in theatre decor! WOW, did I say I love it? Because I really do! That is totally a homerun!!
    Thank you so much for sharing on TT&J. I am now a follower! Thank you!
    visiting from gumballsandcottoncandy.com

  14. This is so clever and so well done. Did you have to use a smaller jigsaw blade to cut narrower corners?

  15. Wow!!! What an amazing sign! I love it!!! Very creative, very beautiful!
    Saw you sharing at Funky Junk Interiors SNS.
    Debbie :)

  16. This is just so cool, and man, are you good with a jig saw!

  17. Now that is some impressive jigsaw cutting!!! Very fun sign!

  18. OK, WOW, wow and WoW!!! So cute and clever!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!


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