BOO! DIY faux easy Halloween Marquee Sign

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!

Fun, Halloween marquee lights made out of Styrofoam brand foam. NO metalworking, NO power tools. And so cute!

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
  • 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.

Here's an easy way to make a marquee sign -- no power tools and no metal working!

“B” is for Boo!

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.

So cute Halloween marquee light. DIY it from a sheet of Styrofoam brand foam without power tools or soldering.

What word or shape of marquee light would you create for Halloween?

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?

Getting ready for Halloween crafting on

I’m crafting this weekend — how about you?

I have more Halloween crafts on my weekend agenda. How about you?

Enjoy the holiday weekend, and happy crafting.


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15 Responses to BOO! DIY faux easy Halloween Marquee Sign

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  2. Linda E. says:

    Thanks Sharon, I will give it a go.

  3. Linda E. says:

    What are the height of the finished letters BOO? It says a sheet of 12 x 24 but the printout letters look smaller. Want to try to make this. Thanks!

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Linda, The diagram is for guidance, but it’s not full-size (I can’t add full-size patterns to the blog). So, sketch out your letters and make them cover the sheet as much as possible. You should be able to get them about 12″ tall, and if you make each letter 8″ wide (or so), the word will span the full 24″. I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions. Be sure to share a photo of your finished BOO lights on our Facebook page. Happy crafting! Sharon

  4. LisaM6 says:

    Love this one too. I have some mice to add to a project like this. This weekend my boys and youngest daughter did the ice bucket challenge. What fun. I am going to try and scrapbook it. Then am going to try and finish a corkboard to send to my daughter.
    Great ideas as always. 🙂

  5. Sar Tann says:

    That is so cool and so versatile! I absolutely love this idea. 🙂

  6. Patty S says:

    really cute!!!!! Kathleen did a great job – as always!

  7. Katiria says:

    I love this idea! I don’t have any Halloween things planned just yet, but my baby shower is coming up maybe I can adapt the sign to say “BABY”

  8. I would cut out EEK! from Styrofoam for Halloween! This would be awesome for Christmas also. Must add Styrofoam sheets to my shopping list!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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