Some of you know I went to a fun blogging conference called SNAP! in Salt Lake City, UT earlier this year. One of the vendors (I completely fell in love) with was FloraCraft. They had some of the coolest projects on display, and I just HAD to try my hand in making a Fun Marquee sign using StyroFoam. Well I finally added it to the “TO-DO” list and have created this tutorial to share with you How to Make a Marquee Sign with StyroFoam.
There are so many funny projects you can do with a Marquee sign. If I had a game room in my house I would probably have fun signs all over it! There are a lot of different ways you can make a marquee sign, but with this technique, I think you are going to find this tutorial to be the easy way.
How to Make a Marquee Sign with StyroFoam
Supplies I used for this project (affiliate links included below):
- 1 piece of foam
- Styro cutter plus (you don’t have to use this, but it makes things EASY!)
- spray paint
- battery operated light string
Step 1: First I created my letter I wanted to make. In order to do this, I actually created it in PicMonkey so I could use their fonts, and then I transferred it over to make it a PDF. If you want to make a letter A, you can download this same letter I used by clicking here.
Step 2: After I had my letter printed out, I then cut it out around the edges, as well as the inside of the A. I was able to cut the center by carefully folding the letter in half and creating an opening I could use to cut around the inside edges.
Step 3: After I had my letter cut out, I attached the letter to foam and used small pins to make sure it stayed in place.
Step 4: It was then time to use the StyroCutter Plus. (*be careful) It heats up to 410 degrees 30 seconds after being plugged in. Make sure you do not touch your skin (or anything but the foam) with this tool.
Step 5: Carefully cut around the foam creating the letter.
Step 6: After you have your letter cut, it is time to create the holes and then paint. I used a pencil to push through the foam (carefully). Before I did this, I did lay out my lights and measured the separation needed, as well as how many holes I wanted to create. I marked these off with a sharpie marker, then created the holes.
Step 7: In a well ventilated area I then used some fun pink spray paint I had and painted over the foam in a smooth, even, sweeping motion. Make sure to stay at least 18 inches away from the foam or you could incur distortion in the surface of the foam.
Step 8. After the paint has dried, insert your lights and share your display!
My daughters room looks super cute with this Marquee sign. She loves to have her lights on at night while we are tucking her in bed and saying her prayers.
This is such an awesome project, and I love that I was able to make this in a quick afternoon. If you have plans to make a Marquee sign soon, make sure to give this StyroFoam technique a try!