I've been stalking these letters sold by Restoration Hardware forever - but they're just too much $$. They are a great match to the real salvaged marquee letters though - you can also find some handmade ones on Etsy for around the same price.
I happened to be at Hobby Lobby (shocking I know) with a friend and saw a metal letter A...she asked me what I was going to do with it and I excitedly pulled up the photo of RH's letters on my phone. She just shook her head and laughed (I get that a lot)...anyway...
Now it's not exactly like the letters I've been coveting but hey...it was a fraction of the price so I can live with it for now.
Kinda convenient I decided to do this project during the holidays so lights were fairly easy to find. I wanted LEDs originally but the only ones I could find were plastic globes and I wasn't in to that. I also picked up some command hooks to try to organize the mess of wires in the back...
We drilled the holes with a giant drill bit (that's all I know about it sorry...I can get more details if you want though - just message me) About 2" apart. I say about because I jacked up the measurements which caused all of the holes to be slightly off...but when you're blinded by the light I don't think you can even tell ;)
Couple of tips:
-Make sure you measure more seriously than I did
-Take out all the bulbs (they unscrew like light bulbs...b/c they are light bulbs) first - you'll then match the socket from the back to the bulb in the front
-You may need wire cutters / tin snips / pliers to bend some of the metal back around the holes if the bulbs don't fit
-This stuff is sharp - wear gloves if you're going to be manhandling the cut metal
-Start at the bottom of the letter in one corner and make sure the plug is the end you're starting with (so it's easier to plug in)
-For any lights you don't use - take the bulbs out and cover the openings with black electrical tape so they don't short out from dust or debris getting in there
Voila...the finished product! Now I just need to invent an extension cord that has a detachable plug to fit behind my closet organizer...grrrr *details*
I also did a mini-makeover of this wooden name thing I've had since I was a kid - I think we got it at an amusement park. (See, I started young - loving everything with my name or initials on it)...
I used triple thick glaze again to set the glitter - you have to try it if you love to glitter anything, it really works.
Basically you brush on clear Elmer's, sprinkle glitter, let it dry then put on a coat or two of the triple thick glaze and the glitter it set.