We did a lot of prep work for my sister's wedding last month, and this DIY project was the star of the show. My husband and I made these XOXO marquee letters out of plywood and they ended up being the perfect backdrop for dancing and lots of pictures.
You can make your own marquee letters too!
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3/4 inch plywood
Large printed letters (we used this site. The 3x3 sheet size gave us letters about 2 feet tall. You could also free hand if you're brave)
Drill bit to match the size of housing of the light bulbs
Globe String Lights (one strand per letter is most convenient)
Hot glue gun
Paint and brush
Step 1: Trace letters onto plywood and cut with jigsaw.
Step 2: Sand edges to remove any rough spots.
Step 3: Mark location of holes (for the O, we actually folded the paper O in quarters, then 3rds, and the 12 holes went around like the numbers on a clock.)
Step 4: Drill holes and sand away any tear out.
Step 5: Paint in desired color. Ours are a light pink from Behr called Cupcake Pink, and I did two coats. Let dry.
Step 6: Remove all the bulbs from a strand of lights and use hot glue to secure one socket into each hole from the back side. Make sure that the strands are lined up the right way so that one end can plug in to the one next to it.
Step 7: Only add the bulbs back in when the letters are on location and ready to be plugged in. You don't want to try to transport these with the bulbs installed!
Then plug them in and let the praise begin!
What event do you want to make your own marquee letters for? Let me know if you have questions and I'll help you out!