After making the marquee number for Hallie’s baptism dinner (here), I was ready to try my hand at it again. I thought about making a “JOY” marquee for the holidays, but I never got around to it. And then the opportunity presented itself: I was helping with my nieces wedding dinner and I knew a fun monogram marquee would be awesome. I worked with my friend Kristin and since there wasn’t a lot of time to pull it off (especially since Christmas was just around the corner) we simplified the process.

Instead of cutting the letters out of plywood, sanding, priming and painting – we used the paper mache letters from Joanns. The benefit to making them from plywood is the ability to make them any size and any font your heart desires. But we were on a tight time frame and we weren’t picky.

We removed a strip from the back side using a utility knife so we could push the lights through and hide the cords.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee
We measured where we wanted the lights to be placed. The globe lights were purchased from Target and came 25 lights to a strand.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee
Using a speedbor flat drill bit, we drilled the holes for the lights, making sure the hole was just large enough for the base of the light to fit through.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee
We spray painted them a metallic gold color and attached them to a fabric covered board to put in a frame. It hung on an easel at the wedding dinner and also made an appearance at the wedding!
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee
Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee
Photo Credit: Shannon Elizabeth Photography

I’m now searching for the next marquee idea…

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