Interiors

Super Easy Marquee Light

Oh boy, I feel my muscles in places where I never thought to have muscles. I have spent eight hours on Sunday to set up all the things I have purchased on Saturday. Eight hours of unpacking boxes – honestly, hoarding such a huge pile of cardboard in my living room kind of makes me feel bad – reading Ikea manuals (which proved to be not as difficult as I thought), setting up things and placing them in the right corner.

Everything worked well except for one kitchen cupboard containing several drawers…don’t make me start on that! So now I have a half-equipped apartment and I feel so much closer to that space than before. Next Monday I’ll be blogging from my new place! I can’t stop telling you how excited I am, although there will be lamps missing, a part of the kitchen and my sofa, but that’s not stopping me now.

I almost didn’t have enough time to craft my favourite project of the month (of the year, probably). This one has been haunting my thoughts for quite a long time now: A marquee light. There are some awesome and elaborate DIYs for that out there, with wooden letters, metal rims, and proper lightbulbs, but I honestly don’t have the means at the moment to craft this. So this is basically a starter marquee light, and one that will be getting a special place in my new kitchen.

You need:

  • Cardboard letters
  • White spray paint
  • String of lights (for these three letters at least 30-40 lights)
  • White ping pong balls
  • Sharp knife
  • Scissors
  • Super glue
  • Pencil and ruler

marquee-1It’s easier than it looks: Start by measuring your letters to place each ‘light’ at the same distance to the other. Start at the edges from the letter and continue from there. Mark the spots where you want to place the lights.

marquee-3Now the crafty part: Cut out the back of the cardboard letters by help of a sharp knife and a pair of scissors. Pay attention to working with the right side!

marquee-2With the knife, cut into the spots where you want to place the lights, so that the string of lights fits through the produced hole.

marquee-4Spray-paint the whole thing (probably several times) and let it dry.

marquee-5Time to assemble: Start at the top of the E and with the first light of the string of lights. Poke the light of the string through the hole. Take a ping pong ball and with the knife make another two little cut where the label is to create another hole. Poke the light through this hole, then glue the ping pong ball with the light to the surface of the letter.

marquee-6Repeat this with the other holes, sometimes leaving a light aside if the distance between the holes is too long. Continue with the other letters. Attach the rest of the string to the back of the last letter with tape if necessary.

This looks amazing. Seriously, I had my doubts in the process of making this and it doesn’t look perfect (you can see the seams of the balls and the lights) but it even looks wonderful when the lights aren’t turned on. And it’s incredibly how easy this was! This will be getting a special place in my kitchen, and I guess if you glue it to a surface you can even hang it on a wall. I surely love it, but tell me what you think! I hope you are inspired!

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    Trang Do
    24th February 2016 at 9:24 am

    Wow! It looks so amazing! Great talent!!
    Xoxo,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      24th February 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Thank you so much!

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    Blue Ducklings
    25th February 2016 at 8:29 am

    Looks amazing. Sounds like it was a hard work ?
    Xx Blue Ducklings
    http://www.blueducklings.wordpress.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      25th February 2016 at 8:38 am

      Thank you! Do you mean the setup? It was 🙂

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    Annie Abbey
    25th February 2016 at 5:36 pm

    This is such a cute idea! I would love to do one of these for the holidays! Such a fun looking DIY!
    xx Annie
    http://www.somethingswellblog.com/

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      25th February 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you very much, I’m glad you like it 🙂

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    Lisa Favre
    29th February 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I like this! I keep on researching DIYs for when I move to my new apartment. Totally going all out on that one!

    Lisa Favre
    http://marblecrumbs.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      29th February 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks, glad you like it!

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    Yole
    6th July 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Beautiful

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      8th July 2016 at 10:47 am

      Thank you! 🙂

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