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DIY Marquee Light Tutorial

DIY marquee light tutorial - the gingerbread house

I saw an amazing DIY at the Hobbycraft press show I attended last month. They had DIY marquee letters in their wedding section and with my son turning 5 later this month I thought I would make a little DIY marquee light in the number 5 for his birthday party. It was a really simple craft but so effective, I know he’s going to love it!

Materials needed to make a DIY Marquee Light:

gold spray paint
3D papier mache cardboard number
white battery operated LED tea light candles
center punch

DIY marquee light number

Easy DIY marquee light tutorial:

First decide if you want to decorate your number or leave it plain. I spray painted mine gold and left it to dry overnight.

DIY marquee light Look at your number or letter and decided where you want the bulb, lightly mark on the other side where you want to place the candle. Make sure the bulbs are spaced at regular intervals along the cardboard number.

DIY marquee light Carefully cut the back of your cardboard with a scalpel. You will need to make a large enough hole to insert the whole candle.

DIY marquee light tutorialRemove any pieces of cardboard bracing you find inside. Your number should look something like this-

DIY marquee light tutorialAs the cardboard was so think I used a center punch to make the hole for the candle bulb to push through.

DIY marquee light tutorialCarefully push the candle flame through the front of your cardboard letter.

You should find that the candle is wedged in place inside the number but you can hold it in place with a couple of glue dots if necessary.

DIY marquee light

Switch the candles on and enjoy your very own marquee number. I love it and can’t wait to make something else soon!


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    Maria Molly taylor
    March 7, 2015 at 7:23 am

    That is really cool, will have to. Try something similar. I’m a big fan of those battery operated tea lights as I have cats and they’re safer with them around

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    aunty caca
    March 7, 2015 at 10:53 am

    I think big cousin would love this for her birthday! ! Xx

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      March 7, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      It’s pretty cool isn’t it? You could do her whole name!

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    March 9, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Love it! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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    March 10, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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    Emma T
    March 10, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Love this, so simple but effective. I’ve only seen similar with fairy lights.

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    March 13, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    That is incredibly cute, I love it and it’s definitely something I’ll be trying out!

    Thanks for linking up to Tuesday Tutorials.

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