DIY Marquee Lights (Deathly Hallows)


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I’ve been procrastinating on this project for too long – I cannot decide on a subject (there are just too many ideas!) However, upon receiving the news of the passing of Alan Rickman, I knew I had to make this – DIY Marquee Lights with the Hallows.

Note: I did not use the bigger round bulbs that you’ll normally see on marquee lights, but that does not mean you cannot use them!

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You’ll need
Black art card
Ruler
Scissors/ Penknife
Cutting mat
Battery operated string lights
Hot glue
Masking Tape

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Decide how big you want your marquee light to be, use a ruler to help draw out your designs. My hallows sign is 40cm tall and 32cm (base) across.

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Carefully cut out your design. The trick to cutting thick cards is to cut as many times as needed. I make about 10-20 cuts for each line – this might sound like a lot of work, but definitely more efficient than forcing the blade to cut deeper. You get neater cuts too! (Source: Personal experience)

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I did half (about 20 holes) by making a small hole with an awl and enlarging it with a pair of small scissors. I found a small electric hand drill in my tool box and finished up the other half with it – life-saver (done under 15mins!)

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Assemble your pieces together. I first use a very small amount of regular (UHU – my favourite!) glue along the sides. After the pieces are put together, flip it over and use hot glue to further secure them. I switched to thinner black cards for the curved sides.

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Five
Insert the bulbs and secure them using  small dots of glue. There are 40 holes on my sign, I used 3 battery operated string lights and dug out my christmas lights to fill in the last 10.

I like the flexibility battery operated string lights provide without having to worry about a power source. I’m going to get one more to replace the christmas lights!

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Done! Isn’t it pretty? I’m using it as my new night light, but it will probably have a new home soon!

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We hope you had fun with this project – I certainly did.

Harry Potter was my childhood – I believed many of yours too. So you can probably understand the devastation I felt when I received the news of the passing of Alan Rickman. Professor Snape was one of my favourite character, and Alan Rickman will always be the best actor for it. #ripalanrickman

Ending off with a quote that all #potterheads live by:

After all this time?

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