Beautiful Home Gifts That Are Unbelievably Easy to Make

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Beautiful Home Gifts That Are Unbelievably Easy to Make

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Light Up Marquee Sign

The project: Light Up Marquee Sign 

The blogger: A Beautiful Mess

Why we love it: The soft golden glow of Christmas lights aren't just for the tree. Use left over lights to create a one-of-a-kind sign. The best part about this cozy mantel marquee? You can design it with whatever words you like.

What you need: A large wood board (50 x 24 inches); 4 wood planks (2 x 1 inches); wood screws; a drill; indoor Christmas lights; white acrylic paint; loose gold glitter; Mod Podge; chipboard letters; glue; and duct tape.

How to make it: Cut the wood planks into four smaller pieces: two 46 inch-long pieces, and two 24 inch-long pieces. Drill in wood screws to attach the planks back of the marquee board, keeping the planks lined up with the outside edges of the board. Paint the entire front and sides of the board white with acrylic paint. Paint the sides and edges of the chipboard letters with white acrylic paint and let dry. Once dry, you can paint the front of each letter with Mod Podge and gently sprinkle on glitter. When the letters are dry, turn them over and sprinkle off any excess glitter.

Use wood blue to arrange the letters on the marquee board in your desired phrase. Mark the spots where you want the holes for the lights with a marker. Drill holes into each spot where you want a light to come through the wood. After drilling all the holes, you can start pushing lights through the back of the marquee, and taping them in place. Once all the lights are pushed through, all you have to do is plug the lights in, sit back, and enjoy!

For more detailed information, visit A Beautiful Mess.

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