DIY Plywood Marquee Letters

Plywood usually spells practical, but can it ever be fun? This project certainly has us rethinking that notion. Boring no more!

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DIY Marquee Letters


Think that fun and custom home accents need to be pricey? If so, you’re in for a shock. Take a look at this amazing marquee sign made by the talented Allison at Two Thirty-Five Designs. It’s all made from humble plywood and simple string lights. With a few power tools and a free weekend, you could make a sign all your own. Read on to find out how.


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– Plywood (2 sheets – thickness depends on if you are going to attach it to the wall or lean it)
Outdoor string lights (1 strand per letter)
Corner Sander
Screws (if you plan to attach to the wall)


I set up a projector and used a photo editing software to trace my letters, according to the size that I needed.


After tracing, I cut out each letter with my jigsaw, sanding any rough edges quickly with my hand sander.



DIY Marquee Letters - closeup


I measured out the strand of lights on each letter, marking exactly where I wanted all the lights to be, making sure the cord was not pulled to tightly. Also, plan beforehand how you will make each plug attach to the next plug/letter.


Using my drill and drill bit, I drilled out a hole per light for every mark I made on each letter.


Carefully unscrew each bulb and run the base through the backside of the letter/each hole, and screw back in each bulb as you go.



DIY marquee letters - installed on wall


Depending on if you mount your letter, lean or whatever your preference is, you can tuck and/or tape the extra cord behind the letters. I mounted mine with 2 1/2″ anchor screws into a stud and tucked the excess cord behind the letters.


DIY Marquee Letters - Completed Work


Thanks, Allison! Did you like this? Find even more great DIYs at Two Thirty-Five Designs.