Cookie Cutter Marquee Chalkboard Art

Cookie Cutter Marquee Chalkboard Sign #fabulouslyfestive #Christmas #ChalkboardArt

We’re getting down to the wire here with Christmas projects aren’t we?!

But sometimes you get an idea and you just have to roll with it!!
Even if it means your house isn’t clean when your in-laws get here. Ahem.

I’ve been wanting to make a Marquee sign for ages but couldn’t come up with a plan that I was jazzed about.
That is, until I found these little “JOY” cookie cutters! They are super cute cookie cutters of course – but they make a really fun Christmas Marquee Sign too!

Joy Light Up Chalkboard Art (2)

I knew since the letters were small they’d need to be on a wood backing of some sort. This frame ended up being perfect to show off the letters – plus give room  for a bit of chalkboard art!

You wouldn’t have to use a frame though – a piece of pallet wood or a bit of beadboard would look great too!

Cookie Cutter Marquee Art

I am no where near a chalkboard expert – but I like the simplicity of this. Anyone could do it!

Joy Light Up Chalkboard Art

So here’s what you’ll need for your own Marquee Cookie Cutter Sign!

  • Cookie Cutters for letters  (I found these at Jo-Ann Fabric Store)
  • Wood backing for letters
  • Frame (optional – this is a 10″ x 15″ but you’ll want one to fit your letters/cookie cutters)
  • paint for frame
  • light set (this is a 20 light set)
  • chalkboard paint
  • Tools for cutting out wood/drilling holes

Start by cutting out your wood base piece. You’ll want to have room for your cookie cutters plus a little space around for chalkboard art.
I used a piece of plywood that is smooth on one side.

wood sign base

Place your cookie cutters on the wood and trace the shapes with a pencil. Make sure your letters are close enough together so the light strand will reach all the holes.

tracing cookie cutters

Mark the locations for the light holes. Keep in mind you’ll want them spaced far enough apart so the lights aren’t super close together.
Drill the holes for the lights.

drilling holes for lights

Once your holes are all drilled, paint the wood base with chalkboard paint.

chalkboard painted sign

Once your paint is dry, place the cookie cutters back over the holes. Trace the shapes again – on the inside of the cookie cutters.
Paint the letters with a light or contrasting color.

painting letters white

While this is drying, paint your frame if you need too. I painted mine red and added some little paint polka dots.

polkadot frame

Pop the chalkboard in the frame. Glue the cookie cutters over the painted shapes.

gluing letters on sign

Add some little chalkboard designs to the frame. I just browsed through Pinterest a little while looking through Chalkboard Art to get ideas. If you want you can lightly draw your designs on with a pencil, then go over them with chalk.

Chalkboard Christmas Designs

Last step – flip the frame over and carefully rest it on the cookie cutters. Place a light from your strand into each hole. Glue them in place if you need to.

That’s it!! A super cute and easy piece of Marquee art for Christmas!

Joy Marquee Sign

I love the bright colors of the cookie cutters against the chalkboard backing.

Cookie Cutter Marquee Sign

The lights are super bright too! It’s a little hard to tell but they really look so bright and pretty!

Light Up Chalkboard Sign

If you are needing more Christmas craft ideas, make sure you check out the Jo-Ann Catalog! I have a coupon for you too – so you can pick up all those last minute supplies! You can right click on the image and save it to your computer, then print it out.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabrics – all ideas and opinions are my own! :)

I hope you like the Marquee Art!

Joy Chalkboard Marquee Sign



  • Reply December 18, 2013

    Jaime Jenkins

    That is so cute!! Love the red and the polka dots!

  • Reply December 18, 2013


    This is one of the cutest Christmas decor things I’ve ever seen–what an imagination you have! I hope I can find these cutters where I live because I really want to make one of these. Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial.

  • Reply December 18, 2013


    Genius even without the cookie cutter- one could use the same idea to make light signs for different occasions

  • Reply December 18, 2013


    Wow, I love it and so creative too! You are amazing!

  • Reply December 18, 2013


    Will wonders ever cease? I had to reread it twice. That is absolute genius.

  • Reply December 18, 2013


    How adorable! You always have the cutest ideas! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Reply December 18, 2013

    Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe

    Oh, Bev! This is SO cute and clever! Of course cookie cutters are perfect for marquee letters. You’re so smart!

  • Reply December 20, 2013


    I LOVE this! It’s soooo adorable, and you are soooo creative!

  • I love this, Bev! I wanted to stop by and let you know that this is one of my features for tonight’s Project Inspire{d} ~ have a very Merry Christmas and thank you so much for sharing!

    Mary Beth

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