Giant Marquee Letter Sign Tutorial

I have this thing where I always go into freaky project mode right before a deadline.  I dont know why, its crazy.  But my best ideas seem to come right at the end (of course).  In true Mandi fashion, the day before HGTV Mag knocked on my door I had a project idea strike.

Insert a giant marquee letter stage left!

Photo courtesy of David A. Land for HGTV

The full step by step tutorial (with pictures!) is over on right now.  You can pop over and check it out here!

I just want to take a few seconds of your time and thank everyone for all of the amazing support that you guys have given me with this fun announcement.  Reading your comments and seeing your tweets just makes me feel so good, so thank you a million times over!  I value the time that you are here so so much and I am so happy that we are internet besties!

Now, who wants to dance?

Love Your Guts


  • Mindi 13.02.2014 at 16:50

    Very cute!! Keep in mind that if your globe lights are not LED they can get pretty hot & the poster board around the edge can become a fire hazard. I made some marquee letters last year & used metal for the edging. You can buy rolls of metal that is the perfect width for this project by the flashing at Lowes. Be safe 😉 Love your projects!!

  • Cara@theprojectaddict 13.02.2014 at 17:51

    Thanks mindi. I’ve had my lights to make one of these for months but was putting it off because I wanted metal trim. I was planning to cut my own but would much rather just buy it ready to go.

  • Jennifer (FISH) 13.02.2014 at 17:51

    Hey Mandi! We are so happy for you. So fun to see what you’ve done. You’re amazing! So glad we can call you a FISH Friend!

  • Leighanne 13.02.2014 at 19:37

    I wanna dance! #timber :-)

  • jamie 13.02.2014 at 19:44

    I love your guts, this is too good!

  • CArolyn 13.02.2014 at 20:58

    This is so cute! I clicked over to read the directions, and maybe my brain isn’t working today, but I literally have no idea what steps 7-10 mean. I am so confused! are you bending the mdf board?? why are you stapling along a line? what are you stapling it to? I need more pictures!

    • Wendy 17.02.2014 at 17:30

      my brain too! Needed more pictures to help with those steps.

      Very cool to be featured in HGTV but the tutorial is hard to follow.

  • Julie 14.02.2014 at 00:03

    When I opened up my HGTV magazine, I was thrilled to see you, Mindi, in there! I feel as if I’ve known you for a long while (I read, but I don’t comment) and it was a delight to see you elsewhere. I was wondering about the marquee light, because I would have remembered it in your girl’s room. What a great addition!

  • Alyssa McVey 14.02.2014 at 06:42

    Holy freakin’ crap. Look at you! You’ve got some serious talent. Have I ever told you that because of your awesomeness I’m not afraid to actually DIY? Cuz you’re awesome.

  • Rissa 14.02.2014 at 16:43

    Took a look at its missing a certain Mandiness! Please keep your personal touches here too! I know how important the HGTV thing is to you though!

  • Stephanie | glitter and goat cheese 18.02.2014 at 17:57

    That came out amazing!

  • Amy Twitty 19.02.2014 at 04:35

    You’re a flippin genius!! I love you!!

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    I fell upon your blog so completely randomly, and I read “your story.” I cannot tell you what beauty and strength you are and what an inspirational story that was. It brought tears to my eyes and burning within. Thank you so much for sharing that and for sharing your amazing talents. Know that you truly are a light!!! May God continue to bless you and your sweet family! ❌⭕️❌⭕️


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