SFGate just had a second article featuring photos of local theatres from years past, mostly closed and abandoned – and that’s not the first feature I’ve seen covering the subject recently. There’s certainly something to be said for old school Hollywood glamour, and if you’ve ever wanted to put your hair in finger curls and see your name in lights, have I ever got a great craft for you: marquee letters. There are a few ways to go about DIYing this, but they all produce a pretty classy way to decorate – without shelling out 200 large.
For genuine, classic marquee style letters you’ll need poster board/cardboard, foam board, a cutting mat and x-acto and, of course, lights. Download the letters you need in a font you like, then trace and cut it out of the foam board. Use a ruler to mark where you’ll put the lights, evenly spacing them out and making sure your string of lights is long enough. Then cut out circles where the lights should go and poke ‘em through. Cut strips of posterboard/mat board/cardboard to complete the remainder of the letter and glue carefully with a glue gun.
If you’re not feeling the lights, you can always cut out your letters on sturdy foam board then cover them in fabric, or decoupage them, or wrap them in yarn, or lacquer them in coins. Or, of course, paint them. Metallics seems to work especially well here.
If you’ve got some kind of insane dedication to authenticity – and a wall handy – you can actually grow moss in the shape of letters but since this involves blending a concoction to paint on a (shady) wall and then waiting, it’s for the more patient DIYers. If you’re not patient, that’s cool too (me either), just grab some craft wire and fake flowers and you can make a monogram wreath instead, just twist your craft wire into the shape of your letter then wrap the fake flowers around the wire.
And if you’ve got an abundance of letters, consider framing them against contrasting backgrounds!
Images courtesy designsponge.com,pintrest.com, 346living.com, twotwenty-one.com, dollarstorecrafts.com and pintrest.com (again).