In this post: A simple marquee letter DIY – using an easy to find raw metal letter from a popular craft store, a drill and some mini LED string lights.

You guys, I have wanted a marquee letter forever! So when I saw these adorable raw mini metal letters at Michael’s last week, I had an awesome idea – a mini marquee letter DIY. And it’s so easy too, since the metal letter is already made for you.

Mini Marquee Letter DIY Hack

marquee letter A


mini marquee letter diy supplies


1. With a water based marker, mark where you want your light bulbs to be.

2. Using a drill bit that’s a little bigger than the LED light bulbs (we used 1/8″), drill holes where marked.

drilling marquee letter holes

drilled holes

3. Put each bulb through a hole from the back and hot glue in place.

4. Shove all the extra wiring and LED bulbs in back. Of course if you don’t like the hot mess (below) you could neatly place the wires in back.

lights in back of marquee

Don’t you just love it?!

Approximate Price breakdown:

  • Metal letter $9
  • LED Christmas lights $5

Total approximately $15


Totally something you can do too, yes? 

diy marquee letter aka design

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  1. I know I need a new prescription for my glasses, really, I do! Where are the prices listed? And I’m going to put my neck out there w/saying I looked 4 times, slowly.

    1. Oh my gosh! I’m so sorry! I just wrote the price for another post and thought I’d done it for this one too! It’s there now.

    2. The whole planet was teetering for a moment … Or it’s Charleston humidity! 🙂 LOVE the Site!!

    1. You’re right it would be great in a kid’s room. Psst. Wanna know a secret? Hubster did the drilling for me!

  2. These are great! I’m in the process of re-doing our girls’ rooms and these would be a great addition! Are the mini lights battery powered or do you plug them in?

  3. Hello
    Where can I find the metal letters you used? I have been looking around everywhere and cannot find anything like it!


  4. i have been searching everywhere for this idea with metal lighted letters. They are so expensive. You have solved my problem. I hope some place has the small Christmas lights somewhere at a low price. I cannot wait to get started. Thank you so much!!! Caroline