Marquee Love Letters – STRINGING THE LIGHTS:
It’s finally time to wrap this thing up! After breaking down the build of our DIY Marquee Love Letters into 5 different and digestible parts, we finally reach the end of the road and it’s time to string the lights! But before we do, here’s a list of each of the parts of this build that have lead us to this point just in case you missed it:
- Part 1 of 5 (Supplies)
- Part 2 of 5 (Cutting the Letters)
- Part 3 of 5 (Painting the Letters)
- Part 4 of 5 (Adding the Border)
- Part 5 of 5 (Stringing the Lights)
By the time we got to this step, Kevin and I both felt pretty proud that we reached this point (along with all fingers intact!)… we just couldn’t wait to add the bulbs and light this baby up! So without further ado, here are the final set of instructions to complete these DIY Marquee Letters!
Step 1: Divide the Letters
If you bought the same strand of outdoor lights that we talked about purchasing in part 1 with our list of supplies, then you’ll have exactly enough bulbs on the first strand to fill in all the holes of the “L” and the “O” with 1 bulb leftover to connect to the “V” later.
The other strand will cover the “V” and the “E”, so put that aside for now with those letters and let’s focus on the “L” and “O” first.
Step 2: Start with the Female End of the Light Strand
Since we are focusing on the “L” and the “O” first… We started at the top of the “L” using the end with the female plug. Since you are starting at the top of the “L” you will not be using this end to plug into the electrical outlet because you won’t have enough slack to reach. This first step is important because you need to make sure you have the correct plug for the electrical outlet at the end of the “E”.
For a better idea, this was the layout that we followed (Strand 1 = #’s 1-25) & (Strand 2 = #’s 26-49):
Step 4: Inserting the Light Bulbs
All you need to do is unscrew the light bulb from the base:
Then insert the base into the hole in the back of the letter:
Screw the bulb back into place on the front side and tighten. We had one bulb leftover at the end of the “E” so we just tucked it into the back and then plugged in the lights.
[disclaim]P.S.: TRAVEL: Because Kevin and I live in Atlanta, but our wedding was in Mount Pleasant, SC, we had to make sure that we could pack these babies up and carry them on a roadtrip with all our other wedding decorations. We assembled everything in Atlanta, but waited to connect the “O” and “V” with that random bulb from strand 1 until we were on site (number 25 from the layout above). That allowed us to pack the “L” & “O” together and the “V” & “E” together in another friend’s car. An alternative would be to wait until you arrive on site to insert all the lights at once, but we were too excited to wait until the wedding so this was our solution! We just had to pack carefully to make sure none of the bulbs got squished/broken in transit!. [/disclaim]
We. Finally. Finished. Phew!
After all of that hard work we were truly thrilled with the results. I couldn’t tell you how happy we were to have created such a cool little sign to include in the backdrop of our wedding. Thankfully I have a great husband, who is more than willing to help out with any of these crazy DIY projects I scheme up! Now to just figure out where we’ll be putting these in our new house!!!
I tried to be as detailed as possible for each step, but feel free to ask questions and I’ll fill you in on any details I may have missed! Let me know if anything is confusing and I’ll try my best to clarify. We broke this build out into a few days with a couple hours here and there whenever we had spare time… but the juice was definitely worth the squeeze in this case!!! 😉
DIY Marquee Love Letters ♦ How-To Instructions: