My daughter is getting married and saw a set of lighted marquee letters with the bride’s and groom’s initials, used in photos and as an accent at the reception. She asked if I could make them.
Marquee letters are typically made up of a flat letterform that has lighting to make a sign visible at night, with metal flashing around the perimeter. The flashing serves to direct the light outward, while minimizing light bleeding into adjacent letters.
Always up for a challenge, this is how I did it.
Please take my advice: Before you do any project involving power tools and sharp metal, make sure you know how to use your tools, and that you follow safety precautions. Wear safety glasses, and use gloves when you’re working with sharp metal flashing. You’ll thank me later. You’ll want to have both of your eyes, all of your fingers, and no stitches when you’re at the wedding. After all, you have to look good in the wedding pictures!
And vote for me in the Wedding and Lighting contests!
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Framing square
- Assorted clamps
- 1/3 sheet sander
- Bits including spade and standard drill bits
- Tin snips
- Heavy hammer
- Diagonal cutters
- 48" 2"x2" steel angle (2 lengths- Can be used for the metal brake, not needed if you have #12)
- 48” metal brake (not required, but very helpful; see Instructable)
- Metal rules
- Digital micrometer (not required, but very helpful)
- Painting equipment
- Safety glasses
- 1/2” MDF, 4’x8’
- 6” valley flashing, 60’
- 3” steel angle, 2 pieces at least 48” long (used in lieu of a brake)
- 1/2" round-top screws (one screw every two inches of perimeter)
- Paint and painting equipment
- Outdoor light strings with removable bulbs (I used 5 sets)
- Large nylon zip ties
- Masking tape (I used 3/4")