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Thankful Marquee Banner

I always feel like “Thanksgiving” gets a little lost in between Halloween and Christmas! But I LOVE Thanksgiving… I love everything that it’s about! I love the focus on gratitude, and the overall feeling of gathering friends and family together and really taking time to acknowledge blessings. This year I wanted to create a beautiful banner that I could hang on my mantel to celebrate the season. I wanted to use my brand new 4” Marquee Letters. They are PERFECT! Choose a word, string it together and hang it, it’s that easy!


These mini marquee letters are designed to be linked together to create words!


Each letter kit includes the paper letter shape, a template used for the inside of the letter, the light strand and mini bulb caps. The battery pack is sold separately, along with the new remote. You will need one battery pack for each word you want to spell.

The letters come all white and are made out of paper. You can totally decorate them with tape, paint, or even paper inserts!


For this “thankful” banner, I traced the templates onto a woodgrain printed paper, and cut them out for the inside of the letters. I also spray painted the letters with gold spray paint.

After I had the letters painted, the paper inserts tucked inside, and the bulb caps in place, I followed the instructions for each letter to insert the lights in the correct order.


Once you have all the light strands popped into the bulb caps, you can link up the letters with the clips…


Be sure that you hear a little click as they make the connection!


I decided that I wanted the light strand to also be gold to match my letters, so once I had them all linked together, I quickly painted the strands.

To add just a little “fall” touch, I took some wood grain printed paper and cut them into the shapes of leaves. Then I added a little metallic touch by painting half the leaf with the Minc reactive paint and gold foil with my Minc machine!


I stuck them on back to back using fishing line, and hung them just above the letters…


I can’t wait to hang festive holiday words on my Christmas tree this year! I loved how this “merry” turned out with red painted on the inside. So many fun possibilities! I have a feeling I need the whole alphabet!



These mini marquee letters are in stores now! Just remember that you have to make sure you pick up a battery pack and remote for each letter you plan on spelling! From what I have noticed the optimal number of letters on one battery pack is 8.

I would love to see your creations light up!! Be sure to tag me in any of your social media posts with #hsmarqueelove

Check out my video for more detailed directions:




4 Ways to Light Up Your Halloween

I am a Halloween lover! It’s always been my favorite holiday. I love the costumes. I love the CANDY. I love that this holiday is causal and fun. For me, this holiday is all about imagination! Using your imagination and creativity for costumes, parties and of course décor.

hs_halloween1 I LOVE creating fun fanciful decorations for my home, my kid’s school classrooms, my porch and for Halloween parties. My newest obsession is decorating with LIGHTS! I want to share with you my top 4 ways to add the magical touch of decorative lighting in Halloween décor!


Heidi Swapp Lightbox First up is my new Heidi Swapp LIGHTBOX! The Lightbox allows you to “say it in lights”.  It could not be easier to change up the sayings, icons and phrases in your Lightbox to fit every possible occasion. Heidi Swapp LightboxHeidi Swapp Lightbox Jack-O-LanternWhether you are switching up the jack-0-lantern’s expression, creating a “Halloween countdown”, or using the fun fonts to welcome your ghouls home… this is a project that everyone can get involved in! Heidi Swapp Lightbox Halloween The Lightbox can be powered with 3 C batteries, or with a universal USB adaptor power cord.


Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Whether you choose to decorate with the alphabets and numbers… like this “31”: hs_halloween6 or one of these 4 fabulous shapes: Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Halloween Shapesmarquee lights make a HUGE impact! The Heidi Swapp Marquee Love collection is lightweight because they are made out of paperboard. Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Halloween ShapesThey all come in kits that include the shape or letter, along with the bulb covers and light strands. It’s so easy to customize, personalize and DIY with paint, decorative tape or glitter.  The light kits are inexpensive, and easy to create… and can be used year after year in your Halloween décor! Each light requires 2 AAA batteries. I am SO in love with these fantastic new Marquee Love chandeliers! Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Chandeliers I love the way they hang, with the draping jewels. Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Chandeliers


Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Garlands Little lights create the most amazing, magical vibe… especially for Halloween! These take basic light strands to a whole new level by adding the cutest Halloween shapes that are actually incorporated right into the lights. Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Garlands In just seconds, the lights shine in the black cat’s eyes.  The ghosts and pumpkins light up and the skulls shine! Heidi Swapp Halloween SUCH a simple thing can make such a huge impact when hanging along a bannister or a mantel. Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Garlands These garlands are powered by 2 AAA batteries and can be used and reused year after year.


Heidi Swapp Luminaries There’s just something mysterious and alluring about the Halloween night luminaries that line walkways and porches. To create these gorgeous lanterns, simply poke little pinholes in the pre-printed spooky art. Heidi Swapp Luminaries Paper bags are transformed into gorgeous glowing lanterns by dropping in a battery operated light. These luminaries look amazing indoors or outdoors. Once Halloween night is over, fold them up and save them for next year! Halloween is the PERFECT holiday to decorate with LIGHTS! As the sun goes down, and the moon comes up… these little lights SHINE in the darkness and make HALLOWEEN glow! You can find all of my Heidi Swapp “light up” products exclusively at Michaels. I’d love to see YOUR imagination in lights. Be sure to tag me in your Halloween décor posts on Instagram at @heidiswapp & @michaelsstores. Share the inspiration!!!