It’s easy to make your own set of marquee letters at home with just a few supplies. These marquee letters are the perfect party decoration to add some fun and personality to your next get together. You can also personalize them in any colors or words that you like!
DIY marquee letters material checklist:
1. Use a craft knife to carefully cut along the top of each letter horizontally, so that you are taking off the very top “lid.” Do this for each letter. Discard the filling inside and the cut top pieces.
2. Spray paint the inside and outside of each letter. You can use the same color on the inside and outside, or you can choose to switch it up and paint the inside one color and the outside another.
3. Carefully remove each bulb from your string of lights, and measure how large the holes need to be in your letters so that the bulb can fit through the hole and screw into the socket in the back of the letter. Decide how far apart you would like each light to be, and mark the back of each letter so you know where to drill. Make sure to count how many bulbs you have, and don’t make more holes than you have bulbs! Drill the holes in each letter. Remove any dust and debris from the letters after drilling.
4. Insert the bulbs through the holes starting with the last letter, making sure that your letters are in order. Screw the bulbs into their sockets, and test the lights to be sure that each bulb is working properly. You can use twist ties, wire, or a strong tape (or a combination of these) to hold the wires in place so they aren’t seen from the front of the marquee letter.
Aren’t they cool? I chose to spell out the word “CELEBRATE” with my marquee letters so it can be used for multiple occasions.
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Laura is a wife, mom of four, and the owner and creator of Make Life Lovely, a creative blog filled with creative craft tutorials, DIY projects, party tips, holiday ideas, home decor, and more. A former elementary school teacher, Laura loves getting crafty, planning parties, going on adventures with her family, and eating frozen yogurt.