Marquees are everywhere lately, and who can blame us? They are fun to look at, add shine to just about any spot, and as of now…are EASY to make! With pre-lit marquee letters being sold at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, you can make a custom easy marquee DIY for any occasion. The best part? They are BATTERY operated! That’s right, no more ugly cords hanging down your wall. I made a quick and easy USA marquee for patriotic home decor to help celebrate the Summer. Great DIY home decor for Memorial Day, Fourth of July & Labor Day. Which means…it basically gets displayed all Summer long at our house :).
How to make an easy Marquee – USA Marquee DIY.
- Metal Marquee Letters
- Old Picture Frame (that will fit marquee letters)
- Paint (for stripes)
- Painter’s Tape
- Hammer / Nails (not shown)
Step One: Remove the cardboard backing from your picture frame. If the back is flimsy, you might need to replace it with one that will hold up and be firm. Home depot can cut any piece of lightweight wood for you for this purpose. Using painter’s tape, tape straight lines down the picture frame back. If needed, a level with laser can help ensure straight tape lines.
Step Two: Paint in between the tape to make your stripes, making sure to use smooth, even strokes. Allow to fully dry.
Step Three: Apply the painters tape along the edges of your previous painted lines, and using a coordinating paint color, paint in between your previous stripes. Allow to fully dry, and carefully remove the tape.
Step Four: Reframe your striped frame back.
Step Five: Place the marquee letters on top of your picture frame, and mark where the back hangers are with a pencil. Use a ruler for precise markings. Gently hammer the small nails into your frame back where your markings are. Hang the letters.
You are finished!
Make yours patriotic like mine, personalize it with a name, customize one for the holidays with ‘NOEL’, or use fun words like ‘HAPPY’, ‘UP’, or ‘EAT’. Get creative! You will love your new marquee sign, a unique piece of art for your home for years to come.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…