How to make marquee letters

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  • Marquee-style letters are so on-trend but can cost you a pretty penny if you buy them from an interiors shop.

    That’s why we’ve created this DIY marquee letters craft that’ll make you the envy of all your friends – just don’t let on about how you made them…

    We chose to spell out the words, ‘happy hour’, for our DIY marquee letters, to jazz up an old cabinet for a dinner party, but the beauty of this craft is that it’s totally up to you what letters you choose. So whether that’s a loved ones’ name, a funny quote or something that inspires you, you’ll know they’re personalised to you and your family.

    This craft involves some simple painting techniques and some d├ęcoupage, which involves layering pieces of tissue onto the letters and setting with a thin layer of PVA glue to give it a glossy appearance. It’s a great skill to learn and once you’ve masteredit, it can be applied to all sorts of different crafts. Next, why not try making this d├ęcoupage mirror?

    You will need:

    – Paper mache letters
    – Orange and pink acrylic paint – Paint brush – Paper napkins (of your choice)
    – Glue
    – Paint brush

    Step 1

    Paint the first paper mache letter with orange acrylic paint and leave to dry, before applying a second coat.

    Step 2

    Tear up the paper napkins into small pieces. Apply a thin layer of glue to the surface of your next letter and stick the napkin pieces to it, brushing a thin layer of glue over each piece. When the surface is completely covered, allow the letter to dry.

    Step 3

    Paint the next letter with 2 coats of pink acrylic paint, as before. Decoupage the next letter, and continue alternating until all the letters are decorated.

    Craft by: Suzie Attaway