Introduction: Trash-to-Treasure Marquee Letters

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Turn discarded styrofoam packaging into beautiful 3-D marquee letters! I used for scrapbook paper patterns to print out from my home computer to cover these.

Step 1: Watch the Video Tutorial Here!

Step 2: Stuff You'll Need

Printed patterns from


Styrofoam Cutter

Large print out of a letter

Americana Decoupage

Americana Multi-Surface Satin in Metallic Gold

Gold Glitter

Small spray bottle

Metallic gold paint marker

Step 3: Here's How

1. Print and cut a large letter

2. Trace it on the smooth side of the styrofoam

3. Using your styrofoam cutter, carefully (and slowly) cut out the letter

4. Print your patterns from

5. Trace the face of the styrofoam letter face down on the back of the printed pattern and then cut out

6. & 7. Paint the edges of the styrofoam letter with the metallic gold paint

8. & 9. Coat the edges of the letter (over the paint) with Americana Decoupage and then cover with glitter

10. Mist both sides of the paper letter with a spray bottle to relax the paper and then decoupage to the face of the styrofoam letter

11. Place something flat on top for a few minutes while it dries

12. Edge the letters with a metallic gold paint marker *Keep your glitter from getting everywhere by adding another layer of Americana Decoupage over the glitter