DIY Marque Lights
In the spirit of looking ahead, I’m using Spring Break to get ready for Open House. This always sneaks up on me when we get back, but this year I’ll be ready!
I tell my husband there are 2 major nights of my school year-Back to School Night and Open House. Back to School Night is where I have to impress my current crop of parents. Open House is where I have to impress the upcoming crop of parents-they tend to visit the next grade level’s classrooms and ‘shop’ for teachers. I’ll admit, I go all out with a movie theme. We have a red carpet, popcorn, photobooth-it’s quite the night.
One of the Pinterest projects I’ve wanted to make for this event were marque lights. You can now purchase metal marque lights that actually light up, but they can get pricey! At even $5 a letter, I would have to spend $30 to spell out my room number! I was determined to make them for less, and I did-for about $1.50/letter!
I grabbed these ‘hallow’ paper mache letters at Hobby Lobby for about $1 a letter. Look for a sale or coupon-depending on the number of letters you need, you can save quiet a bit that way!
I used a very sharp Leatherman knife to cut the top of the letter off-this was very easy, but it took a lot of time as I wanted to go slowly for a clean cut.
I was pretty shocked to find out that the letters weren’t actually hallow-they had pieces of tagboard inside to keep their shape. Luckily the tagboard wasn’t glued in and I could just pull it out and toss it in the recycling bin.
After all the tops were cut off and I had cleaned up the cut edges, I began to paint the letters red. You could do any color, but my movie night is all red/white/yellow. I put on two coats of regular tempra paint.
I also painted the back of the letters as I will have them set on a table that parents and students can walk around. If you are attaching them to a bulletin board (super cute idea!!), then you wouldn’t need to do that.
After the paint was all dry, I grabbed a package of yellow dot stickers from Rite-Aid. It was about $2.99 for the package. I thought about painting on the dots, but I know they wouldn’t be anywhere near perfect. That could actually be a neat look, but I wanted the dots to really look like lightbulbs.
Putting on the stickers was super easy and fast, and once done I had my marque lights! While not perfect and not lit up with electrical juice, they were super cheap and will last forever! Stay tuned for more Open House Movie Night ideas coming soon!