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DIY Patriotic Marquee Letter

Custom DIY marquee letters could not be any easier! These cuties are Patriotic and great for the summer months.

I’ve really liked the marquee letters that I’ve been seeing everywhere. My favorites were made of wood and they looked like they were a total task to make. Seeing how I don’t use power tools and I don’t think I could get my father to help out fixing up my house to sell and cutting out wooden letters that serve only as decoration, really, it was something that would never be done anyway.

But then I saw some marquee letters at Michael’s. These things were around $15 and had everything needed to get after it. The letter, the lights the bulb covers and they’re small enough to easily sit on a table or nightstand. So I snapped one up with my 40% off coupon and waited for inspiration to strike as to how to decorate it.

And this is basically how that went down… Waiting for some paint to be delivered for the project that never came I had to come up with a plan b. AND this plan b had to happen while I was on vacation (I am actually typing this on the sofa in our suite in San Antonio, TX and about to head out to the wax museum!) Now I’ve never crafted like this on vacation but it worked out. And seeing how it was just Memorial Day weekend, I guess the patriotic nature of it inspired me.

Custom DIY marquee letters could not be any easier! These cuties are Patriotic and great for the summer months.

For this project you will need:

  • Marquee letter kits from Michael’s craft stores (can buy online, too)
  • Bandana
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Brush

Custom DIY marquee letters could not be any easier! These cuties are Patriotic and great for the summer months.

So here is my letter… I went with M because I’m a Murray. And I’m proud of that. Inside you get a shape that you decorate and then push into the letter to decorate. Which is way easier than what I thought I was going to be doing!

Custom DIY marquee letters could not be any easier! These cuties are Patriotic and great for the summer months.

To make things easier on myself I trimmed down my bandana into quarters and selected my favorite part of the pattern to attach. You can certainly use a larger portion of yours to move around and adhere or just plonk the middle down and trim all of that, but there will be more waste that way.

Custom DIY marquee letters could not be any easier! These cuties are Patriotic and great for the summer months.

Cover the front side of the letter (so that it reads correctly and not backwards) with glue.

Custom DIY marquee letters could not be any easier! These cuties are Patriotic and great for the summer months.

And press your fabric onto the front side smoothing out any wrinkles. Trim the excess fabric away using sharp scissors so as to not shred the fabric all crazy-like.

Custom DIY marquee letters could not be any easier! These cuties are Patriotic and great for the summer months.

Using your scissors and jam into the areas for the lights, turning to widen.

Custom DIY marquee letters could not be any easier! These cuties are Patriotic and great for the summer months.

Shove the bulbs through the front side and shove firmly to secure (they won’t come out if properly installed).

Custom DIY marquee letters could not be any easier! These cuties are Patriotic and great for the summer months.

Add the lights as directed in the directions for your specific letter or shape and add batteries. These I borrowed from the hotel’s remote control. Don’t worry they went right back!

Custom DIY marquee letters could not be any easier! These cuties are Patriotic and great for the summer months.

And there it is! I love crafting so it was a lot of fun working on something instead of being upset that I couldn’t tool around the Riverwalk in a fairly ugly rain storm!

Custom DIY marquee letters could not be any easier! These cuties are Patriotic and great for the summer months.

Working on vacation. How’s that for crafty dedication?