If you haven’t yet noticed, marquee signs are all the rage, and I can see why. They can be used as home decor, a night light, and are a unique alternative to traditional artwork. As we know, I’m no artist (I’ll leave that to my mother), but I am a decent crafter, and I’ve been dying to try making my own marquee sign. It was a relatively quick and easy project, that turned out great.
Here is my inspiration:
This adorable sign is from the blog Rambling Renovators, which is one of my favourite blogs to read and be inspired.
For my sign, I opted for a black, white and gold colour scheme, since it matched my New Year’s Eve tablescape, which you can check out here, and I knew I could keep it up throughout the winter, since the colours weren’t too holiday specific.
I started with a canvas from the dollar store ($2.00), and bought some gold glittery scrapbook paper, which can be found at Michaels or the Dollar Tree. I prefer the Dollar Tree, since their line ups aren’t insane, and it’s almost always cheaper. I first painted the canvas in black and white stripes, and then traced the letters, cut them out, and glued them in place.
After that was done, I simply used a drill to make tiny holes in the gold letters where I wanted my lights to poke through. I did mess this up, since my letters overlapped the wood frame of the canvas, so to get the lights to shine through the edges of the S and the W, I had to use a much larger drill bit.
So, note to self “don’t have your letters so close to the edge next time.”
Adding the lights was easier than I had expected. It looks like a mess at the back, but that’s okay. The key is to make the drilled hole very tiny, so that each light stays in place, but it can’t be too small, since it might rip the canvas when you poke the light through. I did have to use some white duct tape on a few of my lights, because they kept slipping out. I used two strands of white lights, purchsed for $5.00 each at Walmart. Battery operated lights could also be used, but I wanted mine really bright, so I opted for the plug in variety.
Here’s a close up of the lights poking through the canvas.
Here’s where it currently sits, along with some other wintery items.
Here’s what it looks like at night. It gives off a warm glow, which can’t be captured in pictures, so you’ll just have to take my word for it 🙂
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