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Do-it-yourself Marquee sign!
Nothing quite as awesome as a vintage style arrow in comic book red!

This was a super fun project to do with my
11 year old scout in just a few hours!
 
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Step 1: Gather the inspiration!

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I have wanted a marquee sign for a long time...but they are very pricey!
I found one I liked for over $200.

I knew I could make one myself...but didn't want a sign I had to plug in...
or find wall space for...or deal with cords and plugs.

Then I discovered Solar Power lights!  Yay!
The perfect outdoor feature!

So that was my only cost in this project, about $20.

Here's what you'll need:
You'll need plywood...in your desired shape and size
String of lights (you could even use Christmas lights or any string lights)
Paint

And tools...table saw/jigsaw and drill with bits

Step 2: Make and Trace on Pattern!

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Start with a scrap piece of plywood (we found ours on the street...love free)
It was about a foot and a half tall and 4 feet wide...

Make a pattern:
I used some kraft paper and cut it to fit the board...

I folded it in half and then sketched out my pattern.
We went with a much more rounded arrow shape...almost comical.

I cut it while it was folded so it would be symmetrical!

Then traced the arrow pattern onto the board with a pencil.

Step 3: Get Cutting!

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Then my son used the dremel and we began cutting it out...

The dremel wasn't cutting it well enough...or straight enough
so we switched and cut it with the tablesaw!

(note: jigsaw is now on my list)

Then we sanded all the rough edges...

Step 4: Fill it with holes!

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Next we laid it out and marked where we wanted each light to go.
I tried to measure them...and then just kind of eyeballed it!  :)

Got a drill bit large enough to fit the green part, but not the bulb cover.

And drilled 29 holes!
(yes, one of our lights is hidden...so the solar panel would sit above the sign)
Sanded it all smooth and set it out to spray paint!
mikegabi1 year ago
Sweet!
poofrabbit1 year ago
OOH this has sparked some ideas! Nicely done!
EET19821 year ago
Very cool. Great job!
zamrin1 year ago
Love the idea!