Saturday, September 8, 2012

{Fairy Lights & Shiny Things}

If you happen to follow me on Pinterest, read my Five Favourites For Friday, or know me personally, you would know I have a love of fairy lights and shiny things! 

I have so many fairy lights sitting in the cupboard for Christmas time (and a few around the house that I turn on every now and then) so when I came across this brilliant tutorial for DIY Marquee Lights by Sugar&Cloth featured on Grey Likes Nesting, I knew I just had to give it a try.

Last week, there was a bit of excitement around here as Cairns finally got their own Masters hardware store.  I love this store!  Well, at Masters they have a range of wallpaper, including designs from the Laura Ashley range.  You might say - yeah, but what has that got to do with marquee lights?  Well, I'm glad you asked!  Masters let you take a 20cm SAMPLE of their wallpaper range.  How cool is that? (I won't tell you how many different samples I've already taken!)  So I used one of these samples to use in my marquee lights.

I also bought one of those cardboard letters from the discount store and used some battery operated lights that were sitting in the cupboard.  All up I spent a total of $3.00, which was for the cardboard letter.  So not only was my marquee letter easy to make, it was also so cheap.  Gotta love that right?

(supplies:  cardboard letter, fairy lights, pencil, eraser, ruler, stanley knife, coin.  And glue, not pictured)


First I cut the backside of the letter off, and then covered the remaining with the wallpaper sample.  I used just normal glue to stick the two together.  After waiting for the glue to dry, I then followed the instructions to cut holes for the fairy lights from the tutorial here.  Shove the bulbs through the holes and WooHoo:


My own little Marquee letter, made by me!  Finally a DIY I've done that isn't a total disaster!!



Linking up with the Say G'day Saturday linky party held by the wonderful Natasha of NatashaInOz.

4 comments:

AntKaybe said...

Good job. What did we do for craft ideas before Pinterest?

Kim H said...

Oh lovely! That looks fantastic. I'm hopeless at DIY crafty stuff. It never, ever turns out. Ever!
x

Pippa said...

Looks great! Love the idea, you could do so much with it, everyone deserves their name up in lights! :)

Peaches & Maple said...

I cold, straight love this idea!! Hope you're having a gorgeous weekend, gorgeous :)
Cas x