I have this thing for marquee letters. I have two different words in our house, and I’d be happy to have one in each room. Our cake topper also has a marquee letter on it, because I love them that much. I knew I wanted to do some sort of marquee letter display for our decor, as they’re easy and fun and a statement decoration. I originally wanted to buy these great big ones at Hobby Lobby, but Bridesmaid M1 talked me out of spending $90 a letter (bridal brain is a real thing, I’m telling you!), and I realized that the large ones wouldn’t really have a place in our venue since they’re SO big.
But look at how dreamy this is! / Photo via Once Wed
I saw another inspiration photo of smaller letters that spelled out LOVE and just adored the idea from the first sight. I loved the idea of having them as a photo spot or even just on the side and glowing in the background of some photos. This couple made theirs out of plywood and aluminum sheeting, which is above my crafting ability, but I still loved them.
Photo via Evan and Katlyn
I was kind of hooked by the idea of making my own, even though I knew I could buy letters from a store and just string them. My issue was that I wanted a size between the large ones that cost $90 and the smaller ones like our ampersand we used for our engagement photos. While wasting time on Facebook one day, I came across this video from Buzzfeed.
Video from Buzzfeed Global YouTube
Minus the whole “potential to burn everything down with cardboard and lights” thing, I loved these. It looked easy enough, and so I attempted it. I didn’t take any photos of me doing it because the video explains it so well, but this is what I ended up with. I used LED lights that don’t get very hot since I’m a worrier who’d rather not have a fire at our wedding. They’re not as bright as some of the examples above, but they won’t catch fire either.
Personal Photo / The L lights up like the rest—it’s just the angle, I think.
They’re about a foot and a half tall each, and while not perfect (I need to cut off some glue drips on the O), I am really happy with how they turned out. It’s exactly what I wanted, and it really only took me an evening with my glue gun.
Anyone else like marquee letters as much as I do? Or made your own before?