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A is for……    

carnival light

The first name of our soon to be born little boy! We are pretty up front with the details of our lives, but we are keeping his name a secret. We are 99.9% sure we are giving this “A” name to him as his first name! So of course some customization is in order. He’s a baby after alll!

I am super loving this project because it’s quick and saved me a bunch of money. I love marquee letters. Carnival letters? Whatever you want to call them, I dig them. Urban was selling then for $179 a pop, and I was tempted to grab some (now on backorder ’til 12/12). When I started spelling out words/names, I realized how much the bill was going to be and stopped myself from investing in reproductions and focused that money towards original art. Then pinterest does what it does best and gave me an idea (or better yet, some instructions) on how to make my own! Here is what you are going to need to grab to make your own:

  1. I got the letter at Joe-ann’s, though I would have preferred the largest “A” they were all out so I snagged the medium one for $4.99.
  2. The lights I got at Target, on sale for $6.48. I grabbed these ones for two reasons. 1.) The bulb is plastic. 2.) there were 10 lights on the strand.
  3. Primer (if you plan to paint your letter (or number!)
  4. Spray paint (you’ll need the primer, trust)
  5. x-acoto knife
  6. Pencil

how to make a carnival letter

I won’t go into great detail because the pinner linked above does a good job. Only difference is we primed and then spray painted our “A” which made the x-acto a little tough, but nothing to cry about. I am so excited about the results! It looks great and after keeping in on for hours, it did not over heat!

how to make a marquee letter, diy marquee letter

Did you knock anything off your pinterest to do list this week? I would love to see! Please share below!

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  1. Love, love, love this!

  2. This turned out just perfect! Baby A’s parents have got some skills!! :)

  3. What a great idea! Love it! Can’t wait to hear the name. Now I’m curious. :)

  4. I love this idea!! Quick question-what material is the letter made of? It must be something pliable if you can use an x-acto knife to cut it. :)

  5. I love this! Baby A is a lucky boy! This will be so fun for him to stare at. :)

  6. This is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Wow, what a great idea! I might be making some lamps for my baby room :)
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  8. I just discovered your blog and I think is amazing!!! I love it!! congratulations for it!

    kisses from Spain


  9. Thank you for sharing our tutorial. Your letter turned out so cute!

  10. Oh my this is sooo darling! You did such a great job, and I’m sure baby “A” will love it~ ? If you have a minute, I’d love for you to link up to Sweet Sharing Monday –

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  13. I LOVE this! Wow! This would be so perfect for my son’s room. Definitely adding it to my to-do list!

  14. A is for Adorable! Love it, Lana!
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  15. Do you know the brand of the light bulbs? I’m having a hard time finding those!

  16. Did you cut the hole from the back or front when placing the light bulbs? Thanks

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  26. Angeles says:

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