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Large Marquee Letters for a Wedding

{DIY Marquee letters from plywood

We did a lot of prep work for my sister’s wedding last month, and this DIY project was the star of the show. My husband and I made these XOXO marquee letters out of plywood and they ended up being the perfect backdrop for dancing and lots of pictures.

You can make your own marquee letters too!


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3/4 inch plywood
Large printed letters 
Drill bit to match the size of housing of the light bulbs
 Globe String Lights (one strand per letter is most convenient)
Hot glue gun
Paint and brush
Sand paper

Step 1: Trace letters onto plywood and cut with jigsaw.

Step 2: Sand edges to remove any rough spots.

Step 3: Mark location of holes (for the O, we actually folded the paper O in quarters, then 3rds, and the 12 holes went around like the numbers on a clock.)

Step 4: Drill holes and sand away any tear out.

Step 5: Paint in desired color. Ours are a light pink from Behr called Cupcake Pink, and I did two coats. Let dry.

Step 6: Remove all the bulbs from a strand of lights and use hot glue to secure one socket into each hole from the back side. Make sure that the strands are lined up the right way so that one end can plug in to the one next to it.

Step 7: Only add the bulbs back in when the letters are on location and ready to be plugged in. You don’t want to try to transport these with the bulbs installed! 

Then plug them in and let the praise begin!

What event do you want to make your own marquee letters for? Let me know if you have questions and I’ll help you out!


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Carol TheAnswerIsChocolate

Thursday 23rd of July 2015

These are brilliant! Featuring when my link party opens up tonight.

Angela Neese Rathbun

Thursday 23rd of July 2015

These are great - and so much better than trying to use the giant cardboard letters into a marquee sign for a wedding {trust me - I've been there and lets just say the weight of the lights don't mix well with cardboard as the night goes on}! These are gorgeous, and I'm featuring them this week at The Creative Circle! Thanks for linking up with us, and I hope that you'll party with us again this week so that we can see what else you've been up to!-Angela, Blue i Style


Wednesday 22nd of July 2015

My daughter is getting married next May and I love this!! Going to have to try it!! I am Featuring tomorrow on my link up!! Thanks for linking up on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! I loved having you!! Hope you can join us again tomorrow!! Pinned to My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday Pinterest page!! :-)

Have a Daily

Tuesday 21st of July 2015

Such a cute idea, love it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.hugs,Jann

Ash and Crafts

Sunday 19th of July 2015

It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday link party. I've chosen your post as one of my featured picks for this week's link party. Come by to pick up a "I was featured" button! The party goes live at 6PM PST. I hope you'll link up with us again this week. Sharing your post on Twitter and Pinterest!

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