It’s about time for a fun, new project from the office makeover, right? I thought so, too! With all the traveling and side projects I’ve been doing lately, it hasn’t left much time to work on the projects I’ve had up my sleeve, so it felt really good to bust this one out yesterday! Marquee letters are wildly popular right now, and I couldn’t wait to plow through this office makeover so I could DIY some for myself.
I knew from the start of this makeover that my office was going to be the new headquarters for Love Grows Wild. I create in here, write in here, get inspired in here, and frankly I eat and sometimes sleep in here too, but that’s besides the point. I had been brainstorming some kind of DIY sign that had my blog logo on it, but then it hit me… this is the perfect time to do those marquee letters I had been dreaming about! I thought this project would be a little intimidating, but it was honestly super easy to do, and I finished everything in just a few hours, including paint drying time and taking step-by-step photos for you guys to enjoy.
- cardboard letters (I found these at Joann’s)
- clear globe string lights (I used these from Amazon)
- X-acto knife
- pencil and paper
- spray paint of choice (I used Rust-Oleum Semi-Gloss White)
Use an X-acto knife to cut along the seam of the back side of each letter.
Pull off the back piece and remove any cardboard pieces from inside the letters.
Determine where you want each light to go on your letters, and draw a small dot for each bulb.
This was probably the hardest part of the whole process, which isn’t that difficult, just takes a little bit of planning and measuring. My set of lights had 25 bulbs, so I spaced them out about 3″ – 4″ apart. Using a ruler helps to make sure your lights are evenly spaced. Note: I used 22 of my lights on 3 letters, so if you’re using larger or additional letters, you may need to purchase a second string of lights.
Unscrew a light bulb from the backing and trace around the smallest end of the bulb with a pencil and paper.
Use the template you just created to draw a circle over each dot you drew on the cardboard letters. You want it to be just big enough for the bottom of the bulb to fit through.
Use an X-acto knife to cut an asterisk inside each circle, then punch through the circle using a pen or screwdriver (something about the size of the circle). Make sure your lightbulb will fit snugly inside.
Spray paint the letters and let them dry completely. Place a light bulb in each hole and screw on the backing, connecting the letters as you go. (I started with the L, then the G, then finished with the W). Tuck the wires inside the cardboard and use the clips on the lights to secure the wires, if necessary. If your lights do not have clips, you can tape the wires in place as well.
I wanted these letters to go on top of the new bookcase I just finished, but I was worried about them falling over. I used some of these Command strips on the bottoms of the letters to make sure they won’t budge if one of the boys’ runs headfirst into the cabinet below. Rambunctious things like that just tend to happen in this house, so one must be prepared for the worst! Is your house as cray-cray as mine is?
If you wanted to hang your letters on the wall like these from my pal, Amy, you could easily do that with a few nails in the wall since the backs of your letters are open.
I can’t even begin to describe how much I adore these marquee letters in my office. They’re big and bold, but blend in nicely with the room because of the white paint I chose.
They’re gorgeous in the day time, but even more lovely when I turn the lights on at night.
Not to get too sappy here, but seeing these letters all lit up and beautiful reminds me that even with all the long hours and late nights that this job entails, I’m working towards making my dreams come true with every post, every project, every recipe, and every photo. Thank you for being part of my community of awesome readers and believing in me!
So tell me what YOU think! Do you like marquee letters? Where would you put them in your home?
Are you making this project? I’d LOVE to see it! Post a photo of your creation on Instagram and use the hashtag #MyLGWProject. It may just get featured!
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