I had been seeing these marquee letters ALL OVER on pinterest. I first saw one around Christmas time and knew instantly it was one of the projects I pin that I actually was going to make sure happened.
Before I tell you how to make this happen for yourself I have to give a shout out to my little sister Carrieli and my good friend Emma who did the majority of the work on this eye-catching letter. I skimmed several different tutorials to see how people made their’s, and found out there was a wide range as far as quality & price goes. Some people made very sturdy, time and money consuming letters from wood and outdoor lights. Me on the other hand being on a time and money crunch decided to go the cardboard and Christmas lights route. Before this Marquee P Will’s office had this lamp…. he loved(s) that lamp. But now it’s hiding in the attic. I will give him props for his taste in the lamp stand, but not the lamp shade. It was olive green and khaki gingham. Not attractive and definitely did not match the office. Will happens to be an ambient lighting sort of guy anyway, so I knew this Marquee P was the perfect solution – cool lamp relocated until a better looking lamp shade materializes, AND hubster still gets his ambient lighting.
What you Need:
- a large piece of cardboard (I took mine from a paper box)
- Scissors or Xacto knife
- Hot Glue
- Spray paint
- White Christmas lights.
- paper clips or twisty ties
Here’s how to make assemble it:
- Draw out your letter. This is where Carrieli helped me. She is very gifted. Draws us pictures at Christmas and handmakes cards all of the time. I would had to redraw this letter about 5 times, but Carrieli drew it up in one quick try. This one is about 18 inches tall.
- Cut it out. the base letter and then measure and cut out the strips that make it three-dimensional. My edge pieces stick out 2 inches.
- Glue on the edge pieces.
- Paint it. Emma handled the painting and the light bulb placement.
- Count how many lights you need to fit into the letter and then make the appropriate number of holes, evenly spaced around the letter. Since we had a lot of small lights Emma did two rows of lightbulbs sticking through.
- Use paper clips or twisty-ties to hold all of the extra cord together behind the letter, so it doesn’t show anywhere and you have a clean, professional looking marquee letter.
- Ta Duh! It’s not very heavy so you can use the clusters of cords on the back side to hang the letter up. Ours has an extension cord running to it so that we can easily plug it in.