DIY Backlit Marquee Letter

Hi there! Are you recovering today from a long weekend? Hopefully everyone had a fun, safe weekend without any firework incidents. ;)

I have had my heart set on one day owning a big, metal marquee letter from sometime now. My husband and I both love typography. We are what you might call “font nerds”. Comic Sans and Papyrus offend us, we love a good font joke, and typography art just makes us feel swoony. Do you know what doesn’t make us feel swoony? The prices of most of the marquee letters on the market. 

When I stumbled upon a wall full of galvanized metal letters at Hobby Lobby, I did a happy dance in aisle {especially because they were half off that week}. I quickly came up with my own take on an illuminated marquee sign. This may win for the easiest project in the history of Like a Saturday. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15To create your own backlit marquee letter, you will need a metal letter {mine was $15 at Hobby Lobby, but have seen similar at other craft stores and online}, a string of Christmas lights, and either duct tape or electrical tape. I used a strand of LED lights that I had on hand. These hardly put off any heat, so I don’t have to worry about the metal getting too hot. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

ampersand 1.jpgFlip the letter over and position the end of the strand so your plug is where you will need it to be. Start taping the strand of lights to the inside of the letter. You will want to place a piece of tape in between the lights. I wrapped and taped the strand to the outside edge of the letter, and then came back and did the same on the inside edge. I still had some lights left, so I taped those to the center portion. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

This is what mine looked like on the backside once I was finished {lit and unlit}. I just had a little tail sticking out of the bottom so I would be able to plug it in.

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

See? Seriously easy! For now, our illuminated ampersand is living above our bedroom dresser. An ampersand seems like a fitting character for over here, since we have several wedding mementos on the dresser {like a few wedding photos and our cake topper birds}. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

 

Are you a typography nerd, too? What ways have you incorporated it into your decor?

 

 

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DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15