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Christmas Marquee Sign

By: Purely Katie
November 18, 2016

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Christmas Marquee Sign
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Make your own Christmas Marquee Sign using glass ornaments.  It's a fun sign that can be displayed inside or outside with your holiday decor.  This fun sign is easy to make with a pre-made slatted wood tray, glass iridescent glass ornaments, and DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics.

Items needed:

  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Cotton Ball
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Baby Blue
  • Americana Multi-Surface Metallics 2oz - Silver
  • 18in x 11in Slatted Wood Tray
  • 20 Iridescent Glass Ornaments
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Merry Christmas Vinyl Stencil
  • Paint Brushes


Start by gathering your supplies.  I purchased the tray and ornaments from my local craft store.

Instruction #1 - Supplies33
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I painted just the inside of slatted wood tray with the Americana Multi-Surface in Cottonball using 2 coats.  Since the tray is raw wood, it does take several applications of paint for full coverage.  This white color will be the color of my Merry Christmas Text.

Instruction #2 - Wood Christmas Home Decor
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I made a Merry Christmas vinyl stencil using my Silhouette Cameo.  I choose a thick font and sized it to fit inside the tray.  I painted 3 coats on the outside and inside of the tray over the vinyl using Americana Multi-Surface in Baby Blue.  Make sure to allow the paint to completely dry before applying additional coats.  Once the paint was completely dry, I used a weeding tool to remove the vinyl stencil and then lightly sanded for a distressed look.

Instruction #3 - Christmas Sign Using Vinyl
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I painted the Iridescent Glass Ornaments using a makeup sponge to dab on Americana Multi-Surface in Sliver.  This step is optional but I like how the sliver mutes the iridescent glass and gives the ornament a shiny sheen.  I removed the metal hooks and placed the ornaments on to paper straws to dry.

Instruction #4 - Painted Glass Ornaments
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I spaced the 20 ornaments along the edge of inside the tray.  Then, I used a hot glue gun to glue the ornaments down.  I left the marquee sign like this, but you could drill holes in the tray and place white Christmas lights through the tray and into each ornament so they light up.

Instruction #5 - How to make a marquee sign
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I was going for an icy color palette with this Christmas Marquee Sign using glass ornaments, but you can customize the colors to your holiday decor.

Instruction #6 - DIY Marquee Sign 38
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I just love how this faux Christmas Marquee Sign turned out!  It goes perfect with my non-traditional holiday colors this years.  Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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