Luckily for me, I had most of these materials on hand when I wanted to make a display sign for my business. I designed my marquee sign as a frame, so I could use interchangeable posters depending on the season.
Here is what you'll need for this DIY project:
- large sturdy frame
- built in mat liner or extra reinforced mat board liner cut to fit
- 1x2 boards
- drill with 1/2 inch paddle bit
- plastic bulb string lights (purchased my at Big Lots)
- 2 large panels, 1 for poster to stick to, and 1 for back of frame (I got a big sheet of paneling from Lowe's and had them cut it for free)
- hot glue gun
- air nail gun (or small screws)
- picture hanging tabs and wire
- custom printed posters
- White paint & foam brush
Let's get started making your marquee display sign!
Step One: Gather all of your supplies. Measure how large your opening needs to be for your poster. We measured the length of our lights and created equal space on the mat with a pencil so we would know where to drill the holes.
Step Two: Drill hole using half inch paddle bit from the front so you will get a cleaner hole.
Step Four: Never lay the frame down on the bulbs. Situate it at an angle where you can hot glue the tape around the cord to keep the bulbs in place.
Step Six: Cut your second white panel to fit flush with your 1x2s on the back side of your frame so that your sign will look neat and clean from the inside of your store.We used an air nail gun to staple it in place. We also used a foam paint brush and quickly painted the edges of the 1x2s white so that it all matched from the side.
Congratulations on making a really cool (and cheap) sign!
Here is a look at our sign from the outside of our Soap Shop in Chattanooga! Good Fortune Soap makes natural handmade soaps, organic skin care, and invites you to make your own perfume!