I'm all about the marquee letters trend – but there's a catch. You see, people get surprised when I say this, but I can be kind of lazy. Well, maybe lazy isn't the right word. I like using my time efficiently, how about that?
When I found complete marquee letter kits online (letter, lights, bulbs), I knew that was going to be just the shortcut I was looking for. The letters were really easy to decorate with my Duck Tape, which I LOVED. So what I'm saying is that you too can have decorative marquee letters in minutes using ANY Duck Tape pattern you like! Here's how it's done.
Gather These Supplies
- Duck Tape – any pattern! I used Silver Scroll
- Marquee letters by American Crafts – I used M, A, K, E (comes with the lights and bulbs)
- Craft knife and mat
Yep, this is all you need! I know . . . it's just a few supplies. I love that. I especially love the Duck Tape pattern I chose: Silver Scroll. It's hard to photograph, but there is a metallic look to it. You can choose from a ton of patterns here and pick your favorite! It look less than one roll.
Each letter has a paper insert that comes out – that is what you decorate. Place the insert down on a non-stick surface and start (from left to right) pulling strips of Duck Tape off the roll and pressing them down.
Some Duck Tape patterns line up nicely and this one did. You can't see a seam!
To answer a potential question you might have: yes, you can paint the letters. I wanted mine white for studio, but they are paintable. You will not paint the insert regardless if you paint the letters.
Once the insert is fully taped, you'll flip it over. You'll trim off a lot of the excess Duck Tape – but not all of it . . . because you want some to fold over.
Cut an “L” shape in the corners of your letter and fold the tape over.
For the holes, cut an “X” and then fold the tape back. Do with all of the letters and all of the holes.
Replace your insert and assemble your marquee letters.
You're done! Place them in your studio like I did.
Here's a close up – you can't see the seams of the Duck Tape! Love that.
Then light then up whenever you are feeling sassy. What phrase would you make – and what Duck Tape pattern would you use?
Disclosure: I’m working with Duck Brand as an ambassador for the year. While I am compensated for my time, all opinions are 100% my own and honest – I absolutely love Duck Tape!