DIY Marquee Pillow

diy-marquee-pillowMarquee signs are ALL the rage right now! Whether it’s a word, monogram, sign, or symbol, it seems like everyone is ready to jump on the marquee bandwagon. And why not? They can be easily customized to your home decor and a fun accent.

Today I’m going to show you how to make a Marquee Pillow. I use the term marquee loosely as this technically does not use large bulbs in the signage, but it is a lit signage all the same. And it is easier to create than you might think! You easily use any color and create any word. Or even a monogram!

herringbone-pillowYou need a few key supplies: A pillow, mesh tube ribbon, and a string of mini LED lights.

You will also need a couple of different types of epoxy (Beacon’s 3-in-1 and E6000), red glitter glue, and washi tape.

mini-led-lightsThis strand of LED lights is 34″ long and super bright. You can find them in the floral department at Old Time Pottery and similar stores. The end with the battery pack twists to turn on and off.

Thread the lights into the end of the mesh ribbon. The lights are on a wire so this will be very simple to do. Once the lights are in trim the ribbon and glue the end shut with the Beacon’s while trying to keep the round shape the tubing. This is mainly to prevent fraying.

glitter-glueGlue the other end of the ribbon to the battery pack with the Beacon’s adhesive. Use the red glitter glue to “color” the battery pack. Apply it to the top and sides, making sure to avoid where the two parts come together to twist to turn the lights on and off. Allow several hours to dry. This will allow the battery pack to blend in better on the pillow.

washi-tapePlace a long strip of washi tape across the pillow to line up where you are going to place your word. Washi tape is not super sticky so it won’t pull the fibers of the pillow when you take it off later.

Practice spelling out the word on the pillow with the ribbon so you have an idea of how large your letters need to be.

tube-ribbonThe next step in the process will take some time but, trust me, it is totally worth it!

Use the E-6000 to apply the ribbon to the pillow. Work in small increments, about 4-5″ at a time and keep pressure on the ribbon. Wait until each section is mostly dry before moving on. It takes time. It’s a great time to catch up on your DVR! But when the E-6000 is 100% cured you will not have to worry about people brushing against the pillow or evening resting on it. That ribbon will not move at all!

glitter-glue-pillowMake sure that the battery pack is twisted so that it is just shy of turning the lights on. Glue the base of the battery pack to the pillow. The ribbon will flex to twist the battery pack to turn the lights on and off.

You can also add any accents to the pillow that you might like with the glitter glue.

Remove the washi tape and allow several hours for your pillow to completely “cure.”

The pillow is pretty fun with the lights off and a unique accent for your home decor.

But won’t your guests be in for a fun surprise when you turn the marquee’s lights on!

love-marquee-pillowAnd here is a side-by-side look at the marquee pillow. It’s a fun and unique accent for your home and can easily be customized to your own needs and color scheme.


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  1. says

    What a unique way to personalize your decor!
    Thanks so much for linking up at #Purebloglove link party! The party starts every Thursday night at 8 p.m. est! It runs through the week end. I’m hosting at Can’t wait to see what you bring next Thursday. We love your ideas!

  2. says

    This looks so incredible! Pinned and tweeted. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm and party with us! It is so super fun to see what you have been working on! Lou Lou Girls

  3. says

    This is so cool and original and easier to decorate with than a giant marguee sign. I’d love to feature this, but can’t find Craftastic Monday on your party page – if you could add it, you’ll be one of the features highlighted next week. Thanks for sharing this at the Craftastic Monday Link Party at Sew Can Do!

    • says

      Thanks so much, Cheryl! It’s definitely easier to make a marquee sign on a pillow than a giant one out of wood or cardboard! 🙂 I have added your party to my page. Thank you for the feature!!


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