After much thought, I decided to go with this light up marquee sign. I knew I could re-use it after the birthday celebration for my sporadic movie nights at the house.
The project started with a strand of globe string lights that I had leftover after our outdoor wedding. I got foam board and red poster board at the dollar store.
I started by cutting the inner rectangle with rounded corners out of the red poster board. This gave me the red frame for the main piece.
I traced my poster board topper onto an old scrap of foam board and cut it out with an exacto knife, using rubber cement to paste the two together.
Before I glued the red frame onto the foam board, I put clear contact paper on the foam board. This provided a slicker surface that I knew I could remove tape from later, without damaging the surface of the foam board directly. Then, I used rubber cement to attach the red frame to the foam board.
Now, we're ready for the lights! I used a drill to make holes large enough for the stem of the bulbs to go through the foam board. I practiced drilling through the foam board on scrap pieces first. The size drill bit you use is dependent on the size of the bulb. Make sure there's not a lot of pressure on the bulb, and be careful not to break the glass.
To create the words, I printed out the letters I needed in a large Arial narrow font. I cut out each letter separately, and simply taped it onto the sign. When I want to change the words, all I need to do is remove the current letters (the tape will remove easily from the contact paper) and add new letters.