So I’m pretty freaking excited to be sharing this DIY with you guys. It’s one of those that I saw in stores, but hadn’t seen anyone else make so I kind of grabbed the materials at Hobby Lobby and went for it. And it worked out PERFECTLY. I freaking love when that happens.
I’m sure you guys have seen (and fallen in love with) those lighted marquees right? I started seeing them different places for Christmas and most of them were wall hanging. Well, that wasn’t going to work for me. So I decided to make a lighted marquee for Christmas that was free standing. It’s actually pretty dang simple to make.
You can definitely whip one of these up in time to decorate your house for the Holidays!
First, you’ll need some stuff. Obviously
- Paper Mache Letters. I grabbed ones to spell out Joy but you can spell out pretty much anything.
- Paint in your choice of colors. (optional)
- Foam Brush (optional)
- Exacto Knife
- Christmas Mini Lights in a small strand (Mine has 35 lights)
The first step is to cut one of the fronts off the letters. This is actually really easy. You simply slide your exacto knife in and then eventually the front can be pulled off really easily.
Now if you wanted to, you could totally leave your letters bare and move onto the next step. But I wanted to paint mine our Christmas colors. This year, we’re doing green, blue, and red and it’s hard to find decor like that so you know I’m making a ton.
Anyway, I painted the inside of my letters. You can do that or you can paint the outside. Your choice. Don’t you like when I give you choices?
Then it’s time to poke some holes.
I STRONGLY suggest plotting out your holes before you go poking them. I didn’t the first time and had to remake my O, which delayed my project a whole day.
So, since my lights had 35 lights, I needed 35 holes. I ended up with 34 but that’s no big.
To poke your holes, use your exacto knife to make a criss-cross and then poke your light through like shown above. Eventually you’ll have a nice little row of holes.
Then just poke all your lights in. I strongly recommend sitting your letters up (like they’d be displayed) and then stringing them that way, or you could be like me and think you’re being all smart and get your word all backwards and then have to redo your lights. Not fun.
Some of the time, you’ll need to be kind of strategic about your lights so that they flow from one letter to the next. Just play around with it. Eventually you’ll get it.
(In that picture I’m trying to show you how I was doubling back and stuff but it’s hard to tell.)
Now, you can stop here and YAY you’re done. OR you can add a stand to your letters. To do this, you just need a foam board, a pen, an exacto knife and a ruler.
Use your letter to figure out how wide you want your stand to be.
Then draw a line, and cut along that line.
Then simply hot glue your letters on!
and Ta DA! You have one of the most beautiful holiday decorations ever!