The prices I saw on Halloween marquee lights at HomeGoods were scary! So, why not do what Kathleen George did and DIY your own Halloween Marquee Sign? It’s really not scary at all. In fact, because she cut her “BOO” lights from a sheet of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, it requires no metalworking and no power tools. And, you’ll DIY your own marquee light for a fraction of the price. Make your own Halloween Marquee Light this weekend so you can enjoy it all season long. You can do this!
To make Easy Halloween Marquee Lights, you will need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 24” sheet
- Acrylic craft paint in black
- Battery operated mini lights, 9.5 ft., with 20 LED bulbs (Kathleen ordered hers from 1000bulbs.com)
- Masking tape
- Optional: 5/8” wood dowel
- Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; ruler; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; 1” wide, stiff paintbrush; masking tape
To make Easy Halloween Marquee Lights:
1. Using the BOO diagram, a sharp pencil and ruler, draw the word “BOO” on the foam sheet.
2. Cut out the word using the serrated knife. For smoother cuts, wax the knife blade with an old candle or a bar of soap.
3. Smooth out rough edges and curves by sanding with a scrap piece of foam, and by molding with your fingers.
4. Paint black and let dry.
5. On the back, mark where the lights will go with the pencil. Refer to the diagram for placement.
6. Starting from the back, make a hole for each light by inserting the pencil all the way through the foam sheet.
7. Flip it over, so the painted front is up, and push the pencil through each hole again. Rotate the pencil slightly, enlarging the hole so the mini light will fit. Optional: If you’re using the same LED light strand Kathleen used, you’ll want to inert a 5/8” wood dowel into each hole so that the barrel of the light will fit.
8. Starting with the light that’s closest to the battery pack, and working from the back of the marquee sign, insert the first bulb into the bottom of the “B”. Continue, working your way around the sign by following the numbered holes in the diagram.
9. If there’s extra wire between the bulbs, fold it up and tape it together with masking tape.
You can craft all sorts of marquee signs with this technique. You might remember the Marquee Heart Kathleen made earlier this year. How about EEK? Or a marquee sign shaped like a ghost? What would you like to create for a marquee sign?
I have more Halloween crafts on my weekend agenda. How about you?
Enjoy the holiday weekend, and happy crafting.