DIY Wedding Project: Step-by-Step Giant Marquee Letters

12 Feb 2015

Try these easy to make wedding decorations for your finishing touch

It’s the newest craze, and here you can learn how to make big marquee letters for your wedding day. Day Dreaming Wedding Blog takes us through how you could save some cash and make your own!

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Whether it’s you and your new hubby's initials, or words such as 'love' or 'cake', these letters are a great touch, adding a feature spot in your decor... but it can be an expensive choice when bought straight from the shop.

So we’ve created our own simple, easy and cheaper alternative with the use of hollowed-out paper mâché letters and painted wooden balls instead of lights.

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What you need

  • 3D paper mâché letters - to spell out your chosen word or initials. I got mine at Sticky Tiger, they’re 20.5cm high and cost £1.99 per letter.
  • Wooden balls - I got mine on Ebay, they’re 19mm and cost £6.85.
  • Paint- I bought acrylic craft paint off Ebay for £1.25. Pick three colours, for the outside and inside of the letters and the balls.
  • Craft or Stanley knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paintbrushes

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How to

  1. Cut around the edges of your letters with a craft knife.
  2. Once all letters are hollowed out, start painting. I started the inside first with the dark blue colour I chose.
  3. Once that is dry, paint the outside and leave the letters to dry face down.
  4. Next paint the wooden balls. This was probably the trickiest bit. I simply poured the balls onto a plastic bag and using the brush rolled them in paint until they were all covered.
  5. Once dry, I used my hot glue gun to stick the balls to the inside of the letters. TIP: Plan where you want to place the balls before sticking them down to insure they all are central and equally spaced.
  6. Wait for the glue to set and you’re done!

 

The Costs
£18 for the four letters

Article courtesy of Day Dreaming Wedding Blog! 

 

 

 

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