Christmas Marquee Sign

Christmas Marquee Sign

Posted by DecoArt on Nov 18th 2016

Make your own Christmas Marquee Sign using glass ornaments.  It's a fun sign that can be displayed inside or outside with your holiday decor.  This fun sign is easy to make with a pre-made slatted wood tray, glass iridescent glass ornaments, and DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics.

Items Needed:

  • 18in X 11in Slatted Wood Tray
  • 20 Iridescent Glass Ornaments
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Merry Christmas Vinyl Stencil
  • Paint Brushes


Start by gathering your supplies.  I purchased the tray and ornaments from my local craft store.

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I painted just the inside of slatted wood tray with the Americana Multi-Surface in Cottonball using 2 coats.  Since the tray is raw wood, it does take several applications of paint for full coverage.  This white color will be the color of my Merry Christmas Text.

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I made a Merry Christmas vinyl stencil using my Silhouette Cameo.  I choose a thick font and sized it to fit inside the tray.  I painted 3 coats on the outside and inside of the tray over the vinyl using Americana Multi-Surface in Baby Blue.  Make sure to allow the paint to completely dry before applying additional coats.  Once the paint was completely dry, I used a weeding tool to remove the vinyl stencil and then lightly sanded for a distressed look.

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I painted the Iridescent Glass Ornaments using a makeup sponge to dab on Americana Multi-Surface in Sliver.  This step is optional but I like how the sliver mutes the iridescent glass and gives the ornament a shiny sheen.  I removed the metal hooks and placed the ornaments on to paper straws to dry.

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I spaced the 20 ornaments along the edge of inside the tray.  Then, I used a hot glue gun to glue the ornaments down.  I left the marquee sign like this, but you could drill holes in the tray and place white Christmas lights through the tray and into each ornament so they light up.

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I was going for an icy color palette with this Christmas Marquee Sign using glass ornaments, but you can customize the colors to your holiday decor.

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I just love how this faux Christmas Marquee Sign turned out!  It goes perfect with my non-traditional holiday colors this years.  Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.