A light bulb moment: DIY a Vintage, Marquee Heart without power tools!

Here’s another brilliant Valentine’s Day craft from Kathleen George – a Vintage, Marquee Heart made without metalsmithing skills or gasp, even a piece of metal! I’ve seen some bloggers make their own own marquee signs from metal, but that seems overwhelming to me. Kathleen’s Vintage, Marquee Heart has all of the nostalgia, and none of the heartache. The hardest part might be adding the tag board frame around the heart, and if you want to make it super simple, I think you could even skip this step.

An easy way to make a Marquee Sign. CraftsnCoffee.com

To make a Vintage, Marquee Heart, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 12” x 1” sheet (a larger sheet will be fine, too)
  • Acrylic craft paint in red
  • Glitter in red
  • Mod Podge, gloss finish
  • Battery operated light string (A short string is best so that there’s not a lot of excess wire. Kathleen purchased her lights at 1000bulbs.com)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Optional:
    • Tag board in red
    • 3” of heavy-gage wire
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; sharp pencil; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; stiff bristle paintbrush; Exacto® knife; newspaper; ruler

To make a Vintage, Marquee Heart:

No metalsmithing here -- make a Marquee Heart the easy way. CraftsnCoffee.com

Marquee Heart by Kathleen George.

1. Cut out the pattern for the marquee heart and pin it onto the foam sheet. Trace around the pattern with a sharp pencil, scoring the foam.

2. Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap. Cut out the heart. Use a scrap of foam to sand smooth any rough edges.

3. Determine how many lights you’d like to use, and how far apart you want to space each one. Kathleen’s lights are spaced about 2” apart. Using a sharp pencil, poke a line of holes around the heart. The holes will need to go all the way through, from the front to the back.

4. Cover your work surface with newspaper. Paint the heart using red acrylic craft paint. Let dry.

5. Brush on a generous coat of Mod Podge and sprinkle on red glitter while it’s still wet. Let dry.

6. If you’re going to skip the tag board frame, go to Step 7. Otherwise, cut the tag board into 2-1/2” wide strips. Draw a line on each strip, 1-1/2” down from the top edge. Line up the bottom the heart with this line, and glue the tag board strips all around the edges of the heart. ½” of the tag board will extend beyond the front of the heart, and 1” will extend beyond the back of the heart.

7. Working from the back of the heart, gently insert a light into each hole. If the light string is longer than you need, gather together with a twist tie. Form a 3” length of wire into a u-pin, and pin the wire bundle to the back of the heart.

8. Glue the back of the battery pack to the back of the heart.

9. Hang the heart on two pushpin tacks.

Easy, faux Marquee Heart. Make it in an afternoon! CraftsnCoffee.com

This marquee heart would make a sweet addition to a wedding, too.

Isn’t it fun? Last Christmas, Jen from Tater Tots & Jello made the cutest NOEL Marquee Sign using STYROFOAM Brand Foam, so you could get really creative with this idea. If you’ve always wanted to see your name in lights, you can DIY it!

How was your week? Cold? Crafty?

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Happy crafting.


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9 Responses to A light bulb moment: DIY a Vintage, Marquee Heart without power tools!

  1. Birgit says:

    That looks way cool! 🙂

  2. JoAnn Burnett says:

    I love this idea and without power tools is even better! Looks so professional! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Debbie Kaste says:

    Very cute and very clever. I could see this heart idea made up for a wedding too!

  4. Great idea! This would be an awesome accent piece to a room

  5. Katiria says:

    What a good idea! I think we can all agree that a homemade decoration is always appreciated because it’s so unique.

    • Sharon says:

      I agree! And this DIY version is much cheaper than readymade. With Kathleen’s technique, you really could make any unique shape/design that you like. Would be a cute idea for your son’s room, yes? Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

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