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DIY Outdoor Marquee Light

We love our backyard! The evergreens WA is known for make for a beautiful view. As lovely, as the trees are I felt like my view needed a little bling! This DIY Outdoor Marquee Light adds a little something to my backyard day & night!
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $35.00 Difficulty: Easy
My husband and I made this one evening during one of our garage date nights. {It's hard to get out for a date night with three kiddos!} It really was the perfect quick & easy date night project!
We started with a scrap piece of 1/2" pressure treated plywood & played around with a D design. *A little tip: Do you have some new construction in your area? They throw away tons of scraps of this stuff! Ask to "dumpster dive" and they may even help you load it into your car!
We drilled some holes for the lights and layered a couple of paint colors under the gold topcoat. After a light sanding to give it a little more character, we popped the string globe lights.
We hung this on our back fence so I could enjoy it out the kitchen window and by the fire pit on warm evenings. Wouldn't you love to gaze at this outside of your window!?!

To see more: http://www.dolendiaries.com/2014/03/diy-outdoor-marquee-letter.html

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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jul 31, 2014

    I am beyond obsessed with this!! I need one! <3

  • Janice S
    Janice S Philadelphia, PA
    on Aug 2, 2014

    Good idea, I'll do mine on the inside!

    • Shelly @ Dolen Diaries
      Shelly @ Dolen Diaries North Bend, WA
      on Feb 22, 2015

      @Janice S We just moved and I'm trying to find the perfect place for ours it might have to be inside!

  • Carol
    Carol Belleville, IL
    on Aug 2, 2014

    Love your monogram on the fence. My daughter made a huge "M", painted green, with Christmas white lights and ornaments attached to top and bottom. She hung it on front of their house for Christmas and all the neighbors want one. I will tell her about your "year round" monogram to put by their pool.

  • Mary Pressley
    Mary Pressley Braidwood, IL
    on Aug 2, 2014

    Thanks for sharing! Great idea. So is the garage date night!

    • Shelly @ Dolen Diaries
      Shelly @ Dolen Diaries North Bend, WA
      on Feb 22, 2015

      @Mary Pressley Thanks! I love our garage time together! It's a real bonding experience!

  • Nancy Rousseau
    Nancy Rousseau Monticello, FL
    on Aug 2, 2014

    It turned out a super-winner! And in that setting, and on your fence...You should be puffed-up proud, you & your date.

    • Shelly @ Dolen Diaries
      Shelly @ Dolen Diaries North Bend, WA
      on Feb 22, 2015

      @Nancy Rousseau Aww thank you! We just moved and I miss looking out at the backyard with our D on the fence. We have A LOT of projects to do in this place before we can enjoy such a beautiful yard again!

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