D.I.Y. Marquee light sign

I am so so so excited to present todays tutorial!!!...A lit marquee sign!

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Materials needed are as follows: Paper mache letters (mine are 12") Box cutter or exacto knife Spray paint Ruler and pen Scissors Drill String Christmas lights (I used two strings) 3.5 inch nails and hammer (to hang!)    

Materials needed are as follows:

Paper mache letters (mine are 12")

Box cutter or exacto knife

Spray paint

Ruler and pen

Scissors

Drill

String Christmas lights (I used two strings)

3.5 inch nails and hammer (to hang!)


 

 

I purchased my paper mache letters at Joann Fabrics! They had them in a few different sizes (8", 12", and 24"). I originally wanted the 8" but they didn't have two "O"s so I went with the size up.  I'm actually happy I ended up with this size because the wall I wanted to put it on was totally blank anyways so it could be used as a big feature!!

I purchased my paper mache letters at Joann Fabrics! They had them in a few different sizes (8", 12", and 24"). I originally wanted the 8" but they didn't have two "O"s so I went with the size up.  I'm actually happy I ended up with this size because the wall I wanted to put it on was totally blank anyways so it could be used as a big feature!!

First, I took my letters (and I knew I wanted a small border on each letter to add depth to each one) and I took my level (ruler) and pen and traced around my border and where I was going to be cutting to hollow out my letters.

First, I took my letters (and I knew I wanted a small border on each letter to add depth to each one) and I took my level (ruler) and pen and traced around my border and where I was going to be cutting to hollow out my letters.

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I used my box cutter to cut around the outlines I made on each letter.

I used my box cutter to cut around the outlines I made on each letter.

Next, I removed the "insides" from the paper mache letters. This part gets a little tricky because it's sort of like cleaning out a pumpkin. ha! Some scissors will help to get into the edges to clean up the shavings that are hanging on the sides.

Next, I removed the "insides" from the paper mache letters. This part gets a little tricky because it's sort of like cleaning out a pumpkin. ha! Some scissors will help to get into the edges to clean up the shavings that are hanging on the sides.

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After cleaning out the letters I spray painted my letters white (I'm going to be making an ombre effect!... I love ombre anything). I did a few coats a white with drying time in between.

After cleaning out the letters I spray painted my letters white (I'm going to be making an ombre effect!... I love ombre anything). I did a few coats a white with drying time in between.

To make the ombre I used a gold spray paint!  I started by aiming the paint at the bottom of the letter and working toward the upper half of the letter and putting less and less pressure while you spray. This will then cause an ombre effect! (I practiced on a piece of paper before hand to get the "technique" down) Turns out it's super easy and looks so cute!!

To make the ombre I used a gold spray paint!  I started by aiming the paint at the bottom of the letter and working toward the upper half of the letter and putting less and less pressure while you spray. This will then cause an ombre effect! (I practiced on a piece of paper before hand to get the "technique" down) Turns out it's super easy and looks so cute!!

I borrowed my boyfriends dad's drill for this project!

I borrowed my boyfriends dad's drill for this project!

Then, I measured out where I wanted to drill my holes for my lights to fit through! **Tip!- If I were to do this project again I wouldn't have made as many holes! ha!

Then, I measured out where I wanted to drill my holes for my lights to fit through!

**Tip!- If I were to do this project again I wouldn't have made as many holes! ha!

Just about finished! Almost last step, Just string your lights through the back of the letters. This part could get a little messy too since some of the lights are going to over lap. No fear! It will still look great and some painters tape will help lots! **Note, with how large my letters are how many holes I made in each letter, I had to use two strings of lights!

Just about finished! Almost last step, Just string your lights through the back of the letters. This part could get a little messy too since some of the lights are going to over lap. No fear! It will still look great and some painters tape will help lots!

**Note, with how large my letters are how many holes I made in each letter, I had to use two strings of lights!

And... Done!!!! And now it's hanging above my bed and it's so so cute and fills my, what was once, a bare wall!

And... Done!!!! And now it's hanging above my bed and it's so so cute and fills my, what was once, a bare wall!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! And I hope this inspires someone else to make their own!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! And I hope this inspires someone else to make their own!