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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Make Sides for Marquee Letter

Get out one 2"x10" strip of cardstock. Before it’s glued onto the foam core, we need to mark where each edge of the letter will be, so the cardstock can be folded before it’s glued. Line up the cardstock strip with the top of the letter L. Mark on the cardstock where the edge will be.

Turn the cardstock strip to line up with the next edge of the L. Keep the first mark lined up with the first edge. Mark on the cardstock where the side will make the next turn.

Keep turning the cardstock and marking the edges. It will take a few strips of cardstock to go all the way around the L. Use the quilting ruler and the back of the exacto knife to score the cardstock strip along the marks. Crease the cardstock strip along scoring lines.

Repeat the marking, scoring and folding process with additional strips of cardstock until you have enough to go all the way around the letter.

Assemble Letter

Place glue on one edge of the foam core. Stick the first cardstock strip onto the foam core. Press into place and secure along the bottom with clear tape.

Overlap the first cardstock strip with the second. Attach remaining strips to the letter, overlapping the end of the final strip with the start of the first strip. Glue together and secure with tape. Let dry, then carefully peel off clear tape.

Spray Paint Letter

On a drop cloth in a well-ventilated area, spray paint the front, sides and inside of the letter. Add a second coat of spray paint until the letter is evenly covered. Let dry.

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