Kicking off the graduation season with a big fun DIY project that makes a huge impact. These marquee numbers are definitely something you can make yourself and then share with friends as kids graduate throughout the years.
A DIY tutorial to build large self standing marquee numbers. Make a statement with these marquee numbers for your event.
It’s party time and that means big decor with lots of lights and what’s better than giant marquee numbers? They are a perfect fit for almost any celebration and you can customize them for any occasion.
I made these marquee numbers using 3/4″ plywood so they are sturdy and solid. Plus I took advantage of the natural 4′ plywood width and made my numbers 4′ tall. Go big or go home right?
Below I’m sharing the tutorial so you can make these marquee numbers too. The plans include three numbers – 2, 0 and 1 – but you can easily modify for other numbers.
- Graduation year
- Milestone birthday
- Anniversary celebration
- 3/4″ plywood (1 sheet for 2 numbers, each number is 48″ x 30″)
- jig saw
- framing square
- 7/8″ Forstner bit
- paint roller
- string lights
- 5/16″ staples
- 1/8″ plywood (underlayment) – 2 full sheets
- pneumatic staple gun
- wood glue
- 2 1/2″ spax screws
- extension cords
- portable battery power
Step 1: Using the plans here and a pencil and framing square sketch out each number on a piece of 3/4″ plywood (48″ x 30″). Then use a jigsaw to cut out each number shape.
Step 2: Mark the placement of each light socket then drill a 7/8″ hole using a forstner bit.
Step 3: Apply the first coat of paint now before you attach the light sockets.
Step 4: Determine which end of the light string goes at the top and bottom (male or female) depending on how you are attaching all the numbers. Then secure each socket into a hole with a staple on either side. Also staple down any excess cord.
Step 5: Rip the 1/8″ underlayment into 5 1/2″ wide strips. Then cut the strip to fit each portion of the number. Begin with the longest side and work your way around securing the underlayment to the plywood letter using wood glue and pneumatic staples.
This step goes relatively fast but still it’s a bit tedious cutting each piece of trim to fit. I promise it will be worth it in the end!
To give the marquee numbers a base with stability cut a 2×10 to 30″long then attach to the plywood number using 2 1/2″ spax screws. (I’m using a 2×6 here because these will be sitting up on a table secured with a clamp at the back.)
Lastly line up the numbers and plug everything it!
Thanks for joining me for this marquee numbers project. Please leave any questions in the comments below and be sure to follow me on social media for sneak peeks, tools and project inspiration:
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