DIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.com

DIY Sequin Marquee Heart

DIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.comDIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.com

photos by Jared Smith

When I realized how much you all loved my sequin ampersand project, I knew I had to take one for the team and make an even more glamorous version with this DIY sequin marquee heart. Plus I don’t really need that much of a reason to buy a marquee heart in the first place, so the slightest hint of a DIY project on the horizon really sealed the deal for me.

If you’re planning a “Gal”entine’s brunch (or wedding!) anytime soon, you know your name is all over this! In case you’re not a heart gal, you can use this same tutorial for any size or shape marquee light, too. Just promise not to make one for your boyfriend as a Valentine’s gift and then tell him I told you to do it when he drops it like it’s hot….

DIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.com

The marquee heart I purchased was originally red, but I spray painted it gold so that you wouldn’t notice if any parts peeked through between the sequin trim. This is an optional step, but I highly recommend it because it makes the whole project a lot easier and it looks a lot cleaner in the end.

To paint the heart, remove the light bulbs and place a cotton or felt ball in each hole to make sure paint doesn’t effect the light connections.

 

DIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.com

Once the spray paint is dry, start at the bottom of the heart, and glue the trim along the sides little by little, in one long piece.DIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.com

You can cut the end to start a new row at the bottom, and then continue all the way around until the outside is finished. You’ll have some fraying strands where the trim was cut and the sequins fall off before it’s glue down, but just glue a few extra sequins in place individually to cover them up as needed.DIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.comDIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.com

Next, start gluing trim along the inside trim, and be sure to glue the edges together really well so that it doesn’t leave a gap showing the metal frame (like above). You can avoid this by holding the hot glued edges together with your finger until they cool in place.DIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.com

Next, you’ll continue glueing the trim down along the inside face as well. I essentially just traced inside each trim line until the whole the was covered, just cutting the trim where necessary to go around a light base.  but if I did it again, I would probably have made diagonal lines going in one direction that certain places didn’t pucker around corners.DIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.comDIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.com

I really love the way it glimmers when it’s all lit up! The good thing about the particular marquee I used (links to it above and below) is that it’s battery operated so that there are no weird cords coming from it when it’s hung.

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DIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.comDIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.comDIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.com

I’d love to know how many of you made the sequin ampersand project that want to make this one too! Or, better yet, what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever covered in sequins? This could get interesting! Be sure to tag your projects with #mysugarandcloth so that I can reshare them here on the blog and social media!

DIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.com

DIY Sequin Marquee Heart

DIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.comDIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.com

photos by Jared Smith

When I realized how much you all loved my sequin ampersand project, I knew I had to take one for the team and make an even more glamorous version with this DIY sequin marquee heart. Plus I don’t really need that much of a reason to buy a marquee heart in the first place, so the slightest hint of a DIY project on the horizon really sealed the deal for me.

If you’re planning a “Gal”entine’s brunch (or wedding!) anytime soon, you know your name is all over this! In case you’re not a heart gal, you can use this same tutorial for any size or shape marquee light, too. Just promise not to make one for your boyfriend as a Valentine’s gift and then tell him I told you to do it when he drops it like it’s hot….

DIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.com

The marquee heart I purchased was originally red, but I spray painted it gold so that you wouldn’t notice if any parts peeked through between the sequin trim. This is an optional step, but I highly recommend it because it makes the whole project a lot easier and it looks a lot cleaner in the end.

To paint the heart, remove the light bulbs and place a cotton or felt ball in each hole to make sure paint doesn’t effect the light connections.

 

DIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.com

Once the spray paint is dry, start at the bottom of the heart, and glue the trim along the sides little by little, in one long piece.DIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.com

You can cut the end to start a new row at the bottom, and then continue all the way around until the outside is finished. You’ll have some fraying strands where the trim was cut and the sequins fall off before it’s glue down, but just glue a few extra sequins in place individually to cover them up as needed.DIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.comDIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.com

Next, start gluing trim along the inside trim, and be sure to glue the edges together really well so that it doesn’t leave a gap showing the metal frame (like above). You can avoid this by holding the hot glued edges together with your finger until they cool in place.DIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.com

Next, you’ll continue glueing the trim down along the inside face as well. I essentially just traced inside each trim line until the whole the was covered, just cutting the trim where necessary to go around a light base.  but if I did it again, I would probably have made diagonal lines going in one direction that certain places didn’t pucker around corners.DIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.comDIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.com

I really love the way it glimmers when it’s all lit up! The good thing about the particular marquee I used (links to it above and below) is that it’s battery operated so that there are no weird cords coming from it when it’s hung.

 SHOP THIS POST

DIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.comDIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.comDIY sequin marquee heart sugarandcloth.com

I’d love to know how many of you made the sequin ampersand project that want to make this one too! Or, better yet, what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever covered in sequins? This could get interesting! Be sure to tag your projects with #mysugarandcloth so that I can reshare them here on the blog and social media!

Comments

  • Rae

    01.09.15

    This is seriously such a cute idea and it turned out fabulous. This marquee heart looks like something that would retail for a very hefty price tag so it’s awesome to have a DIY for it! Do you have any suggestions on where to pick up marquee shapes?

    rae of love from berlin

  • Melissa

    01.09.15

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I don’t have a lot of crafting abilities, but your details and tips make me believe I can do this. Thank you for sharing!

  • brittanymakes

    01.09.15

    so, so good! and that heart marquee light you used is surprisingly affordable!

    • Ashley said:

      I know! You can use a Michael’s coupon and get it even cheaper ; )

  • jewel7013

    01.09.15

    I love anything that I can add a touch of glow…lights without cords even better, love this!

  • writingmonique

    01.10.15

    Wow! This is gorgeous!

  • Karla

    01.10.15

    This is so perfect. I wonder how it would look with gray.

  • oh, this is SO pretty! I am not a heart girl, but I am definitely a sequin girl, and now I am trying to think where I could place something like this because it is so, so fun! I’m thinking above my nightstand would be a nice spot :-)

    • Ashley said:

      Sequins for life! ;)

  • So pretty! I’m starting a hanging heart wall in my porch, this would be perfect and would match the colours I already have. Love it x

    • Ashley said:

      Love that idea!

  • Heather

    03.10.15

    AHH! I’m in love! Michael’s has an arrow marquee from the same brand, I’m going to do one in all white sequins for my wedding! 9 months to go, hehe.

    • Ashley said:

      I LOVE that idea!

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