There are two ways to make a marquee; buy an oversized paper mache letter at your local craft store or cut a letter out of wood. There are pros and cons to both materials, although the method is the same for both.
Paper mache: Takes no woodworking tools or skills, comes in limited sizes and fonts (our local store doesn’t carry large numbers), inexpensive.
Wood: You can choose any font and size and draw in on a sheet of plywood, must have a jig saw (or pay someone in cookies to do it for you), its heavier and requires more support to hang it.
Step 1: Draw your letter/number on a sheet of plywood (home improvement stores sell “Hobby Boards” that are 2×4 feet making it easier to fit in your car!) and cut out using a jigsaw (draw the number/letter reversed on the back side and cut from the back).
If you choose to purchase a letter, cut out the back with an exacto/utility knife. I left a half inch edge around all sides to keep the letter strong for hanging.
Step 3: Drill holes large enough to fit the base of your lights. I purchased the patio globe lights from Target which have a wide base. Use a boring drill bit to get a large enough hole. Make sure it’s a snug fit. Too large, the lights will fall through. Too small, you won’t be able to screw in the bulb.
With that, your letters are ready to be hung and used for any party your mind can think up. I’ve attached one to a piece of pipe for a birthday/baptism party (here):
Or attach them to a larger frame for a wedding reception (here). You can hang them on a wall or on a lawn stake.
How fun would it be to create each number and use them in your front yard for birthdays?! I’ve got my work cut out for me!
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