How to make Marquee Letters to Match Your Classroom!

Hiya! Today I am going to show you how to decorate the marquee letters to match your classroom!

Since I first saw these marquee letters I knew if I went back to teaching I wanted to make some for my classroom library spelling out READ.
So I scoured my craft stores and they just happened to have the older style of Heidi Swapp Marquee Letters and some of the washi tape on clearance! 
I came home and found 4 pieces of cardstock that matched my room colors. I always try to use supplies from my craft room before I buy more - it eases the guilt of the amount of stuff up there not being used!

First I traced the letters with the templates they provide. I also made small x's where each light will go.

Then cut them all out.

Then put them inside the letters. Oh by the way I first wrapped each letter in the Heidi Swap washi tape. It was a challenge but I love the look. It would be MUCH easier to paint them!

I then cut slits with a craft knife on each little x I had previously made to make putting the bulbs in easier. It helped but was still tough to get them to go through. My 12 year old was forced to help me! He was good at it, and only complained a little.

Then I stuck the lights into each bulb carefully, the R was a little tricky to get them to fit. Make sure you use the right  set of lights with the corresponding letter!

And voila! There you have it! An amazing set of personalized marquee lights to match my classroom...that I can't get in...which is why these are on my front room floor and not my classroom library!

Here's another view of them! Check back for my classroom reveal to see them IN my classroom library where they belong!

That's all for today folks!

You can grab these marquee letters at craft stores or Amazon by clicking the picture which is an affiliate link below:


How to Customize your Teacher Lightbox

Have ya'll seen the lightbox epidemic on Instagram? I was hesitant at first ... but then it was on sale for half off at Michael's and I got an additional 15% off with my teacher discount. How could I resist? I knew all along that if I got one I would have to customize it! Enter my projects for Monday Made it!  To order a lightbox from Amazon click the picture below. (affiliate link)

So first up I decided to paint my lightbox. I just masked it off and used leftover paint from last week's Teacher Toolbox.

 Quick and easy project and makes my lightbox unique! 

You could also use washi tape - they have large washi at Hobby Lobby, and Michael's  or duct tape around the edge!

So the whole reason I wanted to get a lightbox was to create my own sayings to go in it! I DID buy some letters and even the divider for smaller letters but I really wanted to create my own!
I used the "lightbox" to measure to create a template and went to town!!!! I am having so much fun making my own designs!

First up my TPT store logo!
How cool is that? Neat to have in the background if I ever work up the courage to do Periscopes or Facebook live!
Then Happy Birthday! I can use the individual letters I bought when I purchased the lightbox to put student names in the bottom!

And next, Welcome to ENTER YOUR GRADE HERE.
Yes folks I will be in Sixth grade this year (still coming to grips with that)! But how neat is that!?!?

I plan on creating some holiday ones and others as I come up with ideas and time!
How would you like the Happy Birthday and Welcome to ________Grade for FREE?!?!?
Just click on the picture below or HERE to grab them from my TPT store. Please if you download leave me some feedback - it motivates me to make more freebies!

That's all folks! I have been working on book basket labels and name plates and a super awesome project made possible by Target Teachers from all over who follow me on Instagram!!! Stay tuned for more projects!