DIY Eiffel Tower Marquee Light

Over the holidays season, my office had a decorating contest. Our department came up with the Christmas in Paris theme. Been in love with all the letter marquee lights on Pinterest. What a better way to display Paris than making an Eiffel Tower marquee light. With the inspiration from Anthropologie (here), you can now create your very own with this DIY project.



  • Cardboard Boxes (Enough to make the Eiffel Tower frame and extra to create 3d effect)
  • Box Cutter
  • Pencil
  • Clear Bulb String Lights (I had bought mine from World Market)
  • Metallic Spray Paint
  • Black Spray Pain
  • Ruler
  • Hot Glue Gun


Step 1: Find Cardboard boxes that are about 4 to 5ft in height and 3 to 4ft wide.

Step 2: Using a ruler and pencil, freehand the shape of the Eiffel Tower. I had searched on google for Eiffel Tower to help draw the shape. Use a box cutter to cut out shape

Step 3: With the extra cardboard, cut out 1inch strips, enough to build the 3d frame. Use a hot glue gun to glue the strips to the main frame.

Step 4: Using a pencil, freehand circles where the lightrs will go. With a box cutter or scissors, X out. You do not have to be exact, cut enough so the you can punch a hole.

Step 5: Unscrew the bulbs and insert the string light from the back side of the frame.

*Note: There are 30 bulbs in a pack, I used about 25 and just kept the extra remaining string tucked in the back of the frame. You can use the extra bulbs in case one goes out.

Step 6: Once the holes are punched in, remove the string light in order to spray with metallic paint. Option to spray two coats. Let dry for 1 hour.

Step 7: Reinsert the string lights and screw the bulbs in. Plug in and Enjoy!