Circus Sign

I want an old style circus light in the sitting room above the door. It would be good for it to be removable so that it can be taken to festivals etc.

Here’s my Pintrest board…..

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/Iceni_Design/circus-sign/

Here’s a video idea with cardboard….

Here’s a more wooden design…

I like the raised letters with the lights but I’d want it in a single board to lift on/off.

I’m currently wondering if I can replace the cardboard with for-sale signs to make it more durable. mount it on thick ply.

I like this font, I’m thinking that the main letters will stand out and be lit, while the flourishes will be painted in gold paint.

https://www.1001fonts.com/showboat-font.html

I’m thinking that the height, including the backing board, can’t exceed more than 310mm.

For the backing board I like the multiple rough plank look, in a matt black with a decorative frame. This can be done with ply or a solid wood.

My next step will be sourcing the lights and trialing the 3D letters. I think I’d prefer to 3D print them if possible…. another argument for me getting a 3D printer!! I can’t bend wood that tight, I don’t have the metal work skills and cardboard will be to flimsy.

I’ve ordered these lights for £6, I chose USB powered as then I can plug them into a main adaptor, battery pack or easily sort out a google home switch.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001191985614.html

I’ve found a better more simple font to use as well…

https://www.dafont.com/circus.font

There are 40 bulbs are the string and I’m going to string them around the outside of the sign rather than within the letters. I’m figuring that I leave a border around the letters deep enough for a frame and the lights. I drill holes for the lights in the backboard with slits from the outer edge to fit the wires. The ligths would be held in place with hot glue and the slits covered in moulding to frame the outside.

I want to stand the backplate off the wall by a few mm to allow for the wiring and the USB connection .

Line the printed out bits of A4 against a meter rule and tape them together…. I can print out as many of these as I need to get the different cut-outs for the different colours.