Make Your Own Mini Marquee Letter

Vintage marquee letters are definitely on trend right now, but they can also be hard to find and very expensive. With battery-powered lights, foam core, and some spray paint, you can make your own mini version in an afternoon.

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This project demonstrates how to make a letter "L," but you can apply the same techniques to any shape or letter.

Materials Needed:

  • 12"x12" piece white foam core
  • 3 2"x 10" strips white cardstock
  • pencil
  • craft knife
  • self-healing cutting mat
  • clear tape
  • tacky glue
  • 24" quilter's ruler
  • 1 30-light strand batter-powered string lights
  • drill
  • drill bit matching the diameter of string lights
  • blue spray paint
  • drop cloth
  • electrical tape

Measure and Mark Foam Core Shape

Use the quilting ruler and pencil to make a vertical line 4" from one edge of the foam core. Turn the foam core a quarter turn and make another line 4" from the adjacent side of the foam core. When finished, the shape should look like a capital letter "L."

Using the craft knife on a self-healing cutting mat, cut along the pencil lines and create a letter "L" by removing one corner of the foam core.

Mark Light Locations on Foam Core

Count the number of lights on your light strand. (We used a 30-light strand.) Mark on your foam core letter where each light will be placed. Tip: To create the traditional marquee letter effect, plot lights into straight, evenly-spaced lines.

Drill Light Holes in Foam Core

Put the foam core L-shape on top of a scrap piece of foam core. Drill through the L on the mark for the first light. Continue with remaining marks for lights.

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