I love Star Wars, and I love making things. Combine the two and we have this homemade Star Wars Marquee sign! Follow along for steps on how to make one for yourself, or the Star Wars fan in your life!
If you like this DIY, check out my tutorial on how to make a Star Wars TIE Fighter bookshelf!
Inspiration for this DIY comes from Pottery Barn Kids. I was browsing their catalog and spotted this beauty!
Unfortunately, the price tag on the sign is $300 and thus way out of my price range.
I made my version of the sign over the course of a weekend, and I was able to make my version for a tenth of the price!
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What You Will Need
The following items are some of the tools and supplies I gathered to create the Star Wars marquee:
- Circular Saw
- Brad Nailer
- Silhouette (for creating the Star Wars stencil)
- Drill (equipped with a 3/4 inch wood spade bit)
- Staple Gun
- Parallel clamps
- String Globe Lights (I purchased them here!)
- 2 – 6″ long cedar fence picket* (~ $2.50 each)
- 2 – 8″ long 1×2 furring strips (~ $1.25 each)
- Black Spray paint
- ECOS Paints Woodshield Stain (Golden Oak)
- ECOS Paints Woodshield Varnish (Satin)
- Contact Paper (for Silhouette stencil)
- Wood glue
*Version 2 of the sign I made use of some scrap 1×6 whitewood boards. The first version of the marquee sign, I used cedar fence pickets that have been sitting in my garage for a few months. They were nice and dry. Unfortunately, while I was in the home stretch for finishing this project my son managed to destroy the sign. I visited my local hardware store to purchase some more cedar fence pickets, but the boards in their stock were very damp.
*You could save a few steps and use a piece of plywood or MDF (33″ x 22″). I glued up boards to create a wood panel because I wanted to make use of lumber from my scrap wood pile.
How to Make a Star Wars Marquee
Step 1: Cut the fence pickets in half and create a panel from the four boards.
If you are not using cedar picket fences, cut 4 – 36 inches long 1×6 pieces.
Otherwise, cut each cedar fence picket in half. Edge glue the boards together. Wait for the glue to dry before moving onto the next step.
Step 2: Trim the edges of the wood panel.
Trim about an inch off the ends of the panel to create a straight edge. The length of the panel should be about 33″ inches long.
Step 3: Cut the furring strips and attach strips to each side of the wood panel.
I recommend that you cut the trim to size. My measurements were:
- 33 inches (2x)
- 23.5 inches (2x)
Step 4: Sand the surface of the panel.
I recently witness the ill effects of not wearing a mask while sanding (it wasn’t pretty). Wear a dust mask and sand the panel until the surface is smooth. Clear the panel of sawdust before starting the next step.
I used my belt sander for the rough sanding and followed up with my orbital sander.
Step 5: Stain the surface of the wood panel.
Stain the top surface of the wood panel. I used ECOS Paints Woodshield in Golden Oak. You will want to pick a color that contrasts well with your second color.
Step 6: Create a Star Wars stencil.
I created a Star Wars stencil with my Silhouette. I imported an image of the Star Wars logo into Silhouette Studio editor and used the trace tool to capture the outline. I used Contact paper to create the stencil. I followed the Shanty sister’s tutorial on creating a stencil with contact paper to get the perfect cut setting on my Silhouette.
Step 7: Attach the Star Wars logo stencil and spray paint the sign.
I carefully transferred each letter to the board, and applied a couple of coats of black spray paint.
Step 8: Seal the Star Wars sign with varnish.
Next, I applied two coats of ECOS Paints Woodshield Satin Varnish.
The sign is pretty large and a little heavy.
Step 9: Drill holes for the globe light sockets.
I equipped my drill with a 3/4″ wood spade drill bit and drilled 24 holes. (Heh, I missed one.)
Step 10: Install the string globe lights.
Push each socket into the holes and secure the wire with a staple gun. Take great care during this step and avoid stapling the wire.
Flip over the sign and install the light bulbs.
Attach hardware to hang the sign or lean on a wall.
DIY Star Wars Marquee Wall Art
I am really happy with how the sign turned out. The lights give off a really nice, warm glow.
Check out my other Star Wars projects here!
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