How to Make a Lighted Holiday Sign

1-2 hours

Add some holiday cheer with lights and spray painted boards in this easy project

Making your own holiday lighted marquee is a project that the whole family can do together to brighten up your holiday season. This project guide shows you how.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

1
Cut the plywood backing piece

• Mark and cut a line 18 inches from one end of the plywood, which will make the back piece and piece for your letters.
• Be sure not to cut the table beneath the plywood. Cut on foam or just off the edge of the table.

2
Mark and cut the letters

• Find the corner points for each letter and trace them onto the plywood.
• Carefully cut out each letter with a jigsaw or Dremel rotary tool. Then, sand the edges smooth.

Tip: You can also paint the letters directly onto the plywood if you would rather not use a saw.

3
Add the rails

• For the railing, cut the 1 x 2 pine or MDF board to match the top and bottom edges of the back piece.
• Finish the top rail with the nailer or hammer and nails, and repeat for the bottom.
• Then mark, cut and repeat for the two sides.

4
Paint the back and letters

• Paint the back and letters. We used Behr Premium Plus paint and primer for the back and silver glitter paint for the letters.
• Set the pieces aside to completely dry.

5
Attach the letters

• Start with the “O.” Center it left and right, top and bottom. Attach it with wood glue and finishing nails.
• Attach the remaining letters in the same manner.

6
Drill holes in the letters

Drill holes for your lights with the appropriate size drill bit.

7
Insert the lights

Insert the lights from the back and secure any loose wire with electrical tape.