DIY Vintage Copper Marquee Lights

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My boys are finally getting their shared room makeover they have been waiting so long for.

Of course I was so excited to show them the first thing I am making for their rooms, their own Marquee letters for their
initials.  They weren’t super excited about the copper color, or the lights until it all came together.

Aren’t project always like that?

You are kind of unsure until it comes together, and you are able to stand back and really check it out.
The boys were extremely relieved because the copper paint doesn’t look “pink” after all…not sure when it did, but ok.
And the lights aren’t “girly” but they are cool.

So, it’s kid approved and now everyone else wants one and can’t understand why I haven’t made theirs yet.
Sheesh folks, give a girl some time!
But I was secretly smiling as the positive feedback came in, and then tonight they stood behind me in the dark hallway
watching me shoot the final photos.

Hopefully they love everything else I am doing in their room.
It’s going to be very different than what they have had up until now. I can’t wait!

Ok, here is what I used to make my own DIY Vintage Style Copper Marquee Light on the fly:


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  • Paper Mache letters, numbers or symbols (I used 24″ letters and I am glad I went with the larger letter)
  • Spray paint in color of your choice, I used a copper color
  • String of clear lights for each letter
  • Ping pong balls (enough for each light that will come through to the front etc…)
  • Accent screws for the corners of each letter if desired
  • Exacto knife or small sharp knife you can use to carefully remove the back from the letter
  • Hot glue/glue gun


I began by painting my letter and then removing the back, but you can do it in the reverse as well.  I just wasn’t sure what
I was going to do with them at first so I ended up painting first.  Next I used the tip of the straight edge to make a small “x”
every 1 1/2″ to 2″ all around the front of the letter, just large enough to carefully pop the light through from the back.  Once
I was done with that, I made a small “x” in each ping pong ball and slid it over the light and into place.  A small dab of hot
glue at the base where the paper mache and ping pong ball meet keeps each in place and from moving around once you are

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Plug your new DIY Marquee Light in and you are ready to enjoy your fabulousness!


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 That wasn’t that hard, and they are quite a bit less to make yourself than buy.   

The wheels are turning now for all kinds of fun outdoor projects too for summer, I know, it’s not even Christmas yet, and yes
I am planning out my patio for summer.  You gotta plan or it will never happen!


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Thank you so much for creating with me today, and I would love to hear how and where you would use some of your own
DIY Marquee Lights should you make one (and I really hope you do!)

Have a blessed & creative day friend- until next time!

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  1. super Tanya, I’ve been meaning to DIY some myself. PINNED. How are things????

  2. I love this DIY! It´s so circus!!!!
    Love from Argentina!

  3. This is such a great idea! I love marquee lights and have been coveting them for some time, but can’t pull the trigger on the price. This is genius. Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is such a cute idea and sooo easy to make. thanks for sharing!

  5. I never would have guessed this would have been so easy to do! Love this idea. Your boys are so lucky to have a creative mom! Thanks for sharing this with us this week at Your Turn to Shine!

  6. Love these! I think I’m going to make some for our wedding reception. 🙂

  7. LOVE this project! You make it so simple, and I know this would look awesome in our house. I especially think my kids would love it.

  8. I was wondering how long you leave the lights on and if you’ve ever had the ping pong balls get soft or melt?

    • Hi Mike,

      We leave them on all night or all day sometimes and have had no issues. Probably since I used Christmas Tree lights which are meant to stay cool even next to dry needles!

      xoxo, Tanya

  9. Thanks, Tanya. I have three more questions for you;: 1) did you spray varnish or anything on the letters to make them sturdy or are they sturdy by themselves?; 2) did you hot-glue the light into the letters or did you just hot-glue the joints between the ping-pong balls and the letters?; and the most important question of them all: 3) where did you get your letters? Thanks! (Just so you know: I want to make a rooftop sign for the passengers on the planes that fly into and out of the airport near my house to see 🙂 )

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  11. Stunning quest there. What occurred after?
    Good luck!

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