Nottingham Light Night - The Crafty Gentleman installation at Handmade Nottingham

I’m lucky enough to live in Nottingham; one of the most creative cities in the UK. (Don’t believe me? Nottingham has more indie/creative businesses than any other UK city outside of London!). I love this city. It’s been my home for more than four years now. I moved here straight after Uni, with no friends nearby, no family, no-one. But I consciously threw myself into the creative scene, and quickly grew a strong network of friends, fellow blogger pals and like-minded creatives.

One such pal is the lovely Rhea, owner of the Handmade Nottingham shop. Rhea recently asked if I’d be up for creating a showcase window display for her shop (as part of Nottingham Light Night). Of course I jumped at the opportunity!

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Nottingham Light Night

My DIY window display was part of the annual Nottingham Light Night festival. The festival sees venues across the whole city putting on spectacular displays. Think: interactive light exhibitions, projected lights on iconic buildings and LOTS of glow sticks. It’s always an awesome event!

Rhea had seen my DIY light up pumpkin a few months ago, and wondered if I’d be keen to make a Nottingham Light Night version for her window.

Making my Nottingham Light Night window display

This project was one of the biggest woodwork projects I’ve ever done. It was so much fun to make! I love tackling larger, in-depth projects like this. In total, it took me about 2-3 days to design and create it.

There were five main steps to make my Light Night display:

  1. I sketched out the design onto a large piece of chipboard.
  2. I drilled holes and added hooks to hold the neon cables.
  3. To help the lights be more visible in the daytime, I painted some colour detail onto the board.
  4. I threaded the neon cables through the holes and secured them in place.
  5. Finally, I cut out the vinyl silhouettes (with my trusty Cricut Maker!) and stuck them on.

If you want to learn this process in more detail, check out this similar project.

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Handmade Nottingham launch night!

To celebrate Nottingham Light Night and the installation of my light-up window display, Rhea threw a launch night at her shop. There were glow sticks and late night shopping, with my light up display flashing in the window! Here’s a few photos from the unveiling…

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Thanks so much to Rhea and Handmade Nottingham for inviting me to decorate the window! It was awesome to be a part of Nottingham Light Night, and contribute to this wonderfully creative city. 🙂 – Mike.