I’ve mentioned before that I love all things retro and vintage, so I’m crazy about marquee sign letters! I’ve seen tutorials for other DIY versions that involve strings of lights, but I didn’t want to have to deal with cords and outlets, so I came up with this paper mache crafts idea. My marquee sign letters are portable and can be used standing as part of a display or hanging on a wall. They would make fun party or wall decor.
Ready to make your own? I’ll show you how!
- Paper Mache Letters
- Black Paint
- Distress Crackle Paint in Pewter
- Card Holder Ornaments
- Tea Lights
- Self-Adhesive Velcro
- Sawtooth Hanger
2. When it has dried, paint the front and sides with the crackle paint. A thicker application will result in deeper cracks.
3. Remove the top from the ornament and use E-6000 to glue the ornament to the tea light. (Note: I spray painted my white tea lights silver. I recommend just ordering the silver tea lights!)
4. Decide where you want to place your lights. Press the self-adhesive Velcro on the base of the tea light and on the finished letter. (Use E-6000 to adhere the Velcro if you plan to hang this on the wall.)
5. Glue a saw tooth hanger to the back of the letter if you plan to hang it.
It looks great as is, but when you’re ready to light it up, just pull off the tea light, turn it on, and reattach with the Velcro. Replacement batteries are also available, and with the Velcro, it’s easy to change the batteries as needed!
These paper mache marquee letters would look awesome at a wedding reception with the bride and groom’s initials. Or you could spell out a word (BOO!) to decorate for a party. My letter “C” is for one of my sons who has a birthday coming up. It will be used to mark the table for presents, and later go on the wall in his room. How will you display yours?
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Morena Hockley is the crafty mind behind the tutorials at morenascorner.com. Morena is a stay at home mom to four young children, and crafting is what helps her maintain her sanity. It’s a wonderful outlet and it’s how she gets her “me” time. In a past life, Morena was an elementary school teacher and an assistant principal. She misses teaching, so her blog is in a sense a virtual classroom. Swing by and check out Morena’s Corner!