There are a lot of things to love about the holiday season (like time with family and friends or delicious food), but one of my favorite things about Christmas is the decorations. I love the glittery silver and gold and the soft glow of candles and of course Christmas lights! Christmas Marquee lights are all the rage right now and they can have glitter and christmas lights!
Christmas Marquee Lights look amazing on a mantel and you can pull them out year after year. If you’ve wondered how to make Christmas Marquee Lights, this post is for you!
Christmas Marquee Lights Supplies:
- 1 large wood board (50 x 24 inches)
- 4 wood planks (2 x 1 inches)
- wood screws
- indoor christmas lights
- white acrylic paint
- loose gold glitter
- Mod Podge
- chipboard letters
- duct tape
How to Make Christmas Marquee Lights:
- First you’ll want to cut your wood planks into four pieces and use them to frame the outside edge on the backside of your marquee. This will help hide the Christmas light’s wires and make the sign appear more finished when viewed from the side.
- Cut your planks into two pieces that are 46 inches long and another two pieces that are 24 inches long.
- Use the drill and wood screws to attach the planks in place, keeping the planks flush with the edge of the board.
- Next you’ll want to paint the front and sides of your sign with two coats of white acrylic paint.
- Use the same white paint to paint the side edges of your chipboard letters and allow the paint to dry.
- Once the letters are dry, paint the front of each letter with a coat of Mod Podge and sprinkle glitter on the wet glue.
- Gently turn the letter over to shake off any excess glitter and set the letter aside to dry. Don’t forget, you can do another coat of glue and glitter once the letter is dry if you missed an area. (The chipboard font that I chose didn’t have an ampersand option, so I made that letter out of glitter cardstock).
- Arrange your dry letters on your painted board and use a strong glue to glue the letters in place.
- Now it’s time to drill! Since it’s hard to mark the spots where the holes should go with a pen or marker (drawing on top of glitter doesn’t work very well), I got a box of screws and turned them upside down to mark each spot where I wanted a hole. I would suggest that this section be a two person job; one person drills the holes while another holds a shop vac hose near the hole to vacuum away the shavings as you go (my husband Todd was my helper).
- Once your holes are drilled, you can start to push your lights through your holes on the back side and tape each one in place with duct tape.
- Plug your lights in, and watch your new Christmas marquee lights shine!
I have to say that this is probably my favorite Christmas decoration I’ve ever made. It sits right next to our tree and at night when we turn on the fireplace, it brings such a glittery glow to our living room- it really feels magical. Think of the possibilities! I’m already thinking of what word I can do next…….Hmmm… I may have another one to make in my future! In the meantime, I will relish these this Christmas season.
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