New Year’s Eve 2013 Sign

Celebrate New Year’s Eve on a bright note with this lighted 2013 sign you can make in a few hours as an exciting decoration for your party.


Step 1: New Years Eve 2013 Pattern and print it out. Tape the individual pattern pages to each other and to the extruded polystyrene insulated sheathing to assemble the complete pattern.

Tape template pieces to foam insulation board

Good to Know: Use plenty of painter’s tape — without covering the lines or circles — so the printed template pages remain attached to the foam during cutting.

Step 2: Use a jigsaw to cut out the design. Vacuum off any loose foam.

Cut around 2013 pattern with a jigsaw

Step 3: Use a pencil to poke through the circles on the template and mark the sheathing to show where to drill for light placement.

Mark hole locations in foam board with a pencil point

Step 4: Remove template. Use a drill equipped with a 1/4-in [.635 cm] drill bit to drill holes through the foam where marked.

Drill holes to insert lights

Good to Know: Drill a hole in a scrap of polystyrene sheathing to check that the hole size fits the lights you’ll use. Adjust bit size to fit the lights. For 1/4-in [.635 cm] holes, the eraser end of a pencil can be pushed through the holes to clean them out.

Step 5: After drilling the holes, spray-paint the face and edges of the 2013 cutout.

Good to Know: The spray paint may eat at the surface of the polystyrene foam a bit, but this adds texture to the sign.

Step 6: After the paint dries, insert the lights through the holes from the back side of the sign. Begin at the bottom edge of the “2” and work around the outside edge — catch the inside holes as you go and backtrack as needed. Some lights won’t fit into the sign because of the distance between holes. Cover those bulbs with tape. Use tape to secure the lights in place.

Push lights through holes from the back


Skill Level: Beginner

Estimated Cost: $47 [$46]

Time Estimate: A few hours


  • Blue painter’s tape, #53140
  • Jigsaw with a blade at least 3 inches [7.62 cm] long
  • Drill equipped with a 1/4-in [.635 cm] drill bit


  • Christmas or holiday lights, totaling 200
  • 1-1/2 x 48 x 96-in [3.81 cm x 1.22 m x 2.44 m] polystyrene insulated sheathing, #41881
  • Valspar spray paint, Gold Abundance, #68617

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