How to Make Marquee Letters

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in crafts | 18 comments

I know a lot of people dream of having their name in lights…

…but the thought of my name being in lights kind of makes me start to break out in a cold sweat.

I think I’m blushing just at the thought of having to possibly be on a stage.

If I begin to attract attention, I want to hide…immediately!

But to have an adorable fake marquee sign…

…without ever having to get on a stage…

…well that makes me smile. 🙂

So here is how to make marquee letters…

…no electrical skills required!

How to Make a Marquee Letter

How to Make a Marquee Letter


paper mache letter

exacto knife

round wooden balls with flat backs

gold spray paint

white spray paint


How to Make a Marquee Letter

Using the exacto knife, cut out the inside of the letter.

How to Make a Marquee Letter

Spray paint the letter gold and the balls white.

How to Make a Marquee Letter

Use glue to attach the balls to the inside of the letter.

How to Make a Marquee Letter

And that is how to make marquee letters!

No acting skills are required!

Life to the full!


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  1. I love it! And it could light up if you used ping pong balls, punched a hole in the back of the frame & the balls and strung small Christmas tree lights through.

    • Gail fabulous #2 idea!!!

  2. I love these!!!

  3. pinned….love those!!!!

  4. This is so creative! I love how it turned out:) -awesome, Melissa!

  5. I love this! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams starts on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  6. Awesome Melissa, pretty sneaky but really awesome. I saw suggestion to put lights in back. Love it both ways. I think that would be really fun to make. Or use styrofoam balls cut in half with lights inside from back. Or maybe just leave the heck alone and do it like you did, huh? Great post.
    Doing anything fun this weekend? Hope so. Enjoy immensely.

  7. Forgot to tell you, pinning

  8. Love your easy, stylish projects!

  9. Yes, I’d love to have my name up in lights 😉 Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Monday party!!

  10. I love this, but I have one (possibly stupid) question. Did you make the letter, or buy it somewhere?

  11. Bravo!… Clapping! and Pinning obviously! 🙂

  12. Seriously, how fun is this?? You are so creative Melissa! Love it.
    Pinned 🙂

  13. Very cute! My youngest would love this in her room… she SO wants her name in lights!

  14. Fake it till ya make it baby!!! Love this idea! Pinning!!

  15. Impressive! I never would have guessed that the lights were wooden balls.

  16. Fabulous idea…have a after the birth baby shower coming up…this will be a reality…Yessss!

  17. Are these 8 or 12-inch letters? Thanks!

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