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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

E-A-T! {DIY Faux Metal Letters}

Our plans for a kitchen makeover have been put off a few times for one reason or another. I’m sure many of you can probably relate to this. You have all of your plans in place, you’re ready to go. Something breaks {like your fridge, car… or everything in the house all at once}. You walk through the 5 stages of grief {because ALLTHETHINGS keep breaking}. And then you start saving again. You know…general home ownership-ness. :)

Whether it’s because of budgetary reasons, or living in a rental —  I would say most of us are having to live with what we’ve got, or work around certain design elements that we just aren’t in love with. One of the ways I’ve learned to work with what I have, is to add accessories and art that are “me”. I add smaller elements that I love to help a space feel more personal and homey. Creating your own art and accessories is budget-friendly and adds that extra personal touch.

The wall space above my stove was looking a bit sad, so I decided to create something that would spruce up the area now, but also look great when we are able to update the kitchen. I’ve always been a fan of typography {Which probably comes from being the daughter of an art director, and then marrying a graphic designer. Keep your comic sans to yourself, thankyouverymuch.}. I have long admired the zinc letters from Anthropologie, but at $18 a pop… I just couldn’t. I’m definitely one of “those people” that looks at a price tag, chokes a bit and then says “Psshh….I could make that!”. So, that is exactly what I set off to do!

DIY Faux Metal LettersI bought the paper mache letters at Hobby Lobby for $2.47 a piece. Hob Lob also often puts these on sale {40% off I think?}, so if you wait until they do, you can get even more bang for your buck.

DIY Faux Metal Letters -- start with paper mache lettersSpray a good coat of Rustoleum’s oil rubbed bronze onto the letters and wait for it to dry. Spray paint typically takes about 20 minutes to dry before you’re ready for the next coat. Unless you live in the tropics like me and are dealing with 1000% humidity — then give it about 30 minutes.

DIY Faux Metal Letters -- start with oil rubbed bronze spray paintOnce the first coat is dry, it is time to add the main color. I used Krylon’s hammered silver. I allowed that coat to dry, and then lightly sanded the letters to add some more texture. I gave them one last coat of the silver, and then sanded again, but even lighter this time, to create that distressed metal look.

DIY Faux Metal Letters And there you go! If I wouldn’t have told you they were actually paper mache, you wouldn’t even know! I hung the letters over the stove with my trusty command strips.

DIY Faux Metal Letters

DIY Faux Metal Letters

DIY Faux Metal Letters

DIY Faux Metal Letters

DIY Faux Metal Letters

DIY Faux Metal Letters

What part of your house are you trying to work with or around? What are your methods for making a space feel more like it belongs to you?

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