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Decorate Marquee Letters with Duck Tape!

Create unique marquee letters in the saying of your choice using Duck Tape! This is one of the most simple crafts you’ll ever do – easy home decor.

Skills Required: Beginner. You’ll need to use a craft knife to make cuts, but it’s not hard. If it’s your first time using a craft knife, just be careful and work slowly.

Scroll down to the bottom of the to get a video of another way to alter a marquee letter, using Mod Podge! In the video they also alter a lampshade and make a frosted candleholder (all with Podge).

DIY marquee letters

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.

How to make marquee letters

Decorate Marquee Letters

Gather These Supplies

Duck Tape marquee letter supplies

Yep, this is all you need! 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.

Duck Tape marquee letter supplies step 1

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.

Duck Tape marquee letter supplies step 2

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.

Duck Tape marquee letter supplies step 3

Cut an “L” shape in the corners of your letter and fold the tape over.

Duck Tape marquee letter supplies step 4

For the holes, cut an “X” and then fold the tape back. Do with all of the letters and all of the holes.

Duck Tape marquee letter supplies step 5

Replace your insert and assemble your marquee letters.

Create unique marquee letters in the saying of your choice using Duck Tape! This is one of the most simple crafts you'll ever do - easy home decor.

You’re done! Place them in your studio like I did.

Create unique marquee letters in the saying of your choice using Duck Tape! This is one of the most simple crafts you'll ever do - easy home decor.

Here’s a close up – you can’t see the seams of the Duck Tape! Love that.

Create unique marquee letters in the saying of your choice using Duck Tape! This is one of the most simple crafts you'll ever do - easy home decor.

Then light then up whenever you are feeling sassy. What phrase would you make – and what Duck Tape pattern would you use?


Ready to watch the video of Cathie and Steve altering a marquee letter (along with bonus projects)? Click “PLAY” in the center of the video in this post!

I’ve also got some other Duck Tape crafts you might be interested in – just click on your favorite from the list below:

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!

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Angie Pedersen

Wednesday 8th of June 2016

Looks great! Well done!