DIY Patriotic Star FrameJuly 1, 2016
1-Patriotic Themed Frame
We got this from a local supplier – If you cannot find something locally, we can supply in many design options. Please contact us at 1-866-492-4330 with your specific size and design request.
2-Packs 4” Black zip ties (100/pk)
2-#45622R-B Premium Grade 5MM Red, Pure White, and Blue 70ct. LEDs
Additional Supplies – Needle Nose Pliers (tightening/cutting zip ties) & Extension Cord (powering lights while working – Always install/work with the lights on)
Before starting each color, you will want to open the set of LEDs – Stretch the set out, which will make it easier to work with.
Your starting point will vary based on your exact frame – It is best to determine your “path” before starting, as it is easiest to make one continual “line” instead of having to back track, which results in doubling up on lights you have to hide/cover. You will want to start with the first bulb on the set, following the male plug.
You will need to zip tie each bulb to the frame, as this will keep them “standing up”, and all spaced evenly. The bulb will be on the front side of the frame, positioned so if the frame was hanging the bulb would be pointing out at you. You will then zip tie, the wires coming out of either side of the bulb socket to each other, making sure the frame is in between the wires – FIG. 1 & 2
You will want to continue along the frame, zip tying each bulb at an even spacing. Once the frame is completely lit, you may or may not have extra bulbs. We had 4 extra bulbs that we ran down the bar on the left side of the frame – Which worked out for our frame, but for your design it might not. (FIG. 3)
I personally did not want to see those 4 bulbs, so I used the 5MM No Glow Caps to hide them. (FIG. 4)
These caps aren’t just for “extra” bulbs – You can use them to cover any bulbs you don’t want to see – Look at the difference it makes when the lights between the stars are covered. (FIG. 5)
Once you have all the bulbs where you want them, you can now make sure your zip ties are tight (a needle nose pliers is real handy for this, and saves your fingers!), and can cut the “tails” off. You will also want to zip tie your plug connections in place, so they don’t hang or come unplugged.
Now all you need to do is hang it, plug it in, and enjoy!