Wednesday, April 8, 2020

How to make a Marquee Letter Shelf

Have you seen the cute letter rail shelves around the internets?  I have and love them!  So it's about time I made one.  If you'd like to make one too, I have a tutorial for you!  Check out how to Make a Marquee Letter Shelf.  


How to make a Marquee Letter Shelf  |   She's Crafty






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I love the look of marquee letters, as you can tell from my post here.  I've seen others make letter shelves, like the Lolly Jane girls.  After moving some things around, yet again, in our playroom/game room/computer room, I had a large wall that needed some decoration.  And I love typography, so I thought a letter shelf was the perfect solution.


How to make a Marquee Letter Shelf  |   everything is going to be ok



Tutorial for making a Marquee Letter Shelf



  • Buy all supplies (or use what you have in your garage) including 8ft piece of 1x3 select lumber and  molding  -  I found 4 ft pieces in store that were not primed
  • Spray paint the corner brackets and screws black


How to make a Marquee Letter Shelf  |  wood and molding glued together


  • Glue molding to one side of the wood with wood glue, hold tight with clamps and let dry.  The molding creates a ledge that holds the letters onto the shelf.  


How to make a Marquee Letter Shelf  |  wood and molding stained with early american stain


  • Stain wood - I like to brush it on with a sponge brush then wipe off with a clean rag.  Also if you wear gloves, your hands won't get stain all over them.  
  • Attach corner braces to the bottom of the wood shelf with short screws
  • Using a level, hang the letter shelf on the wall.  I was lucky (very lucky since I didn't even try) to get the center of my shelf into stud.  But if you don't have a stud, use dry wall anchors.  


How to make a Marquee Letter Shelf  |  8 inch acrylic marquee letters


  • I like the look of 8in acrylic letters .  The best price I found was on ebay.


How to make a Marquee Letter Shelf  |  8 inch acrylic marquee letters on wood shelf


  • Choose your message and place the letters on your shelf.



How to make a Marquee Letter Shelf  |  8 inch acrylic marquee letters on wood shelf with molding to hold letters on


You can see how the molding creates a lip on the shelf that keeps the letters from sliding off.  


How to make a Marquee Letter Shelf  |  molding to hold letters on 1 x 3 wood


I was so excited to change the message to a greeting for my son when he got home from college!  I can see lots of fun sayings to come in the future!  


How to make a Marquee Letter Shelf  |  everything will be ok



This message is one that I could use and I'm sure everyone can use at this time and I am so happy with how this turned out.  My letter loving heart just loves having a place to write messages on my wall!  It was so simple to make a Marquee Letter Shelf, I wish I had done it a long time ago!



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  2. I love this project! You are my pick for a feature on the You're The Star blog hop this Monday!
    Congratulations,
    Kippi
    https://kippiathome.com/

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