I always see the Heidi Swapp Marquee Love light kits every time I go into Michael’s but I never purchased one until a couple weeks ago when I got this skeleton light kit for Halloween. It’s so cool! It was super easy to make and I bought the purple bulb caps and some washi tape to add a little more decoration.
With Halloween just two days away I know it’s a little late to be starting any new Halloween-themed DIY projects, but this light kit was so awesome I just had to share/review it. Also, I’m really hoping that there will be new light kits coming out for Christmas and the upcoming holiday season. This was seriously so easy to make and it makes a super cool-looking DIY decoration. Plus, you can tell people, “I made it myself,” for extra creativity points. 😀
In the Heidi Swapp Marquee Love section at Michael’s there were a bunch of tapes, paper, stickers, bulb caps and other embellishments, most of which were also by Heidi Swapp. I decided to get this wide washi tape with a spider web design to add to the sides of my skeleton marquee light. This tape is by Heidi Swapp (~$4-$5) and the width of it fits perfectly against the sides of the marquee. She makes a bunch of different colors (not just for Halloween) so this wide tape is compatible with all of the Marquee Love lights.
The skeleton marquee light kit came with clear bulb caps but I decided to buy the purple bulb caps and use them instead. It added a sweet pop of color and I love the color purple so I didn’t even think twice about buying them.
The kit itself cost about $13 but I got it on sale for 40%-off. I think the whole Heidi Swapp line was 40%-off that day, actually. Michael’s always has some kind of sale going on and they always offer pretty good coupons, so I feel like I never actually pay full price for anything when I go in there. But anyway … The skeleton marquee light kit came with:
- Marquee skeleton shape — Basically the cardboard base of the marquee.
- Tracing template — A piece of paper in the same shape as the marquee that is used as a tracer, making it easy to cut out the shape on a different piece of paper. I traced the skeleton onto small sheets of glitter paper that I already had at home and placed it on top of the original marquee shape.
- Ultra-efficient LED light strand — The light strand that you push through the holes in the skeleton head to light up the marquee.
- Clear bulb caps — The kit came with its own clear bulb caps but, like I said above, I decided to buy the purple ones and use those instead.
All Heidi Swapp Marquee Love kits are basically the same — they all come with the same items inside — it’s just the shape that’s different. The kit requires two AAA batteries, which I had to buy separately.
The glitter squares that I had at home were too small to completely cover the skeleton, so I had to use two different pieces. I decided to switch it up and use two colors — silver and white — instead of just one. I used the tracing template (which is on the left in the above photo) on the glitter paper and then I cut out the new shape. The holes for the lights were kind of a pain to cut out so I used a hole puncher instead and it worked out very well.
Next I decorated the sides of the marquee with the wide spider web washi tape. This tape (also by Heidi Swapp) is made to fit the marquee light kits perfectly, and there are a bunch of different patterns and colors to choose from. Instead of using washi tape you can also put glitter or some other kind of embellishment around the perimeter of the marquee. I went with the tape because it was the least messy option of the bunch.
After placing the glitter paper down I added the purple bulb caps to the marquee. I easily pushed the caps through the holes and this also keeps the glitter paper in place without having to use glue or something else (which gets messy — I am a pretty messy DIY-er to begin with).
After placing the bulb caps I flipped the marquee over and pushed the lights through the back. The string of lights was made specifically for this shape, so you will have just enough lights that fall perfectly along the back of the shape, beginning with the battery pack at the top. The kit also came with a little piece of velcro that you use to hold down the battery pack.
And that’s it! This is the finished product — a super cute and extremely easy DIY Halloween decoration. It was also a lot of fun to make this and you really, really can’t mess it up, so I would say it’s great for beginners and kiddies. I really hope that Heidi Swapp comes out with different marquees for the holidays because I’m planning on making a few to place around the house as decorations.
Here is the finished product all lit up in the dark. Pretty cool looking, right?! I forgot to mention that there were a few different Halloween designs, but I decided to go with the skeleton because I thought it looked the best!
The Heidi Swapp Marquee Love kits cost about $12-$15 and are available at Michael’s and Michaels.com (although not all shapes/designs are available on the website). Happy crafting!! 🙂