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Neon sign which reads 'Joy' sitting on top of a mantel with other Christmas decorations


When it comes to decorating your home, the vision can sometimes not match the budget. However, this D.I.Y. light art project is a great alternative to expensive neon wall art and best of all, is super easy to do.

To create a gallery-like feel in your home all you need is a mesh panel, some spray paint, multi-coloured LED rope lights and a little creativity. You can write a word or create a shape and hang it anywhere in your home, all for much less than a traditional installation would cost. However, this isn’t one to be rushed  a little patience and attention to detail at the beginning of the project will make all the difference at the end.

This D.I.Y. project is a great way to create something completely unique that can be hung in your living room, or used as a beautiful night light in a child’s room. It can also be customised to suit the aesthetic of your home, with specific colours highlighted.

We’ve used rope light for this project, but should you wish to create something more abstract, you can also use fairy lights or other decorations, like ribbon or string.


1Gather your tools and materials

Below you'll find all the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.

2Spray your mesh

Place the mesh on the sheet and put on your safety glasses and face mask. If you would like to protect your hands from the spray paint, you can also wear gloves. Spray the mesh until completely covered and then leave to dry. 

3Get creating!

It's time to get creative! Once the mesh is dry, “draw” or “write” your word onto the mesh grid.

4Secure it

If you need something to keep the rope light in place, use cable ties to secure. We're writing “Joy”.

5Position the artwork

Once you've created the artwork, it's time to pop it in a spot where your friends and visitors can see. Make sure your chosen spot is near a power point.

6What will you create?

Explore our range of rope lights and fairy lights for your next masterpiece!

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.