We made this giant marquee sign last summer and I loved making it so when I saw these Mini Globe Lights I knew had to make a mini version. I actually made this project last month but forgot to take photos. So when I pulled them out of the bag the letters were a little bent after being ignored. They are made out of paper so if they are on a shelf they’ll be fine but from experience I just don’t recommend cramming them in a paper bag. This would be cute for a birthday party or even a Christmas party. Depending on how many letters have it takes 1-2 hours. The key to making this project go smoothly is getting the right glue. See instructions and photos below.
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(p.s.: The letters don’t light up separately, it’s just a photoshop trick.
Step 1: Download and Print the free template onto cardstock. Cut out the letters you need.
Step 2: Cut Strips 2″ Strips of Cardstock
Step 3: Figure out how many holes you need and make sure you have enough lights. You’ll want to leave a light in between each letter for space. Punch a hole. You don’t want these too small or too big. A standard hole punch is slightly too small so after you make the first punch, repeat on edges to make the hole a bit larger. It is ok if the holes aren’t perfectly round, you won’t be able to see them.
Step 4: Take the strips of paper and score where it will need to be bent (around the corners.) Once your folds are in place add the fast drying tacky glue about 3/4 of the way up the strip. Wrap the strip around the letter and hold for 30 seconds until it sticks. Reinforce with a few small pieces of tape.
Step 5: Once the letters are dry paint them. We just used spray paint, let it dry.
Step 6: Put the lights into the letters and plug in!
Credits + Contributors:
All photography by Heather Zweig for Oh Happy Day
Art Directed by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Ashley Rose Kirschling