DIY Copycat: Create This Flamingo Marquee Light for Half the Price
It’s official: It’s the year of the flamingo! There are so many ways to let your flamingo flag fly, from pool floats to themed parties to home decor. Why not add just one more DIY to the ‘mingo mania? We loved the vibrant color and bright lights of this Flamingo Marquee Light ($50) from Modcloth, and it inspired us to create our own DIY copycat! For a fraction of the cost, this tropical bird makes the perfect decor both indoors and outdoors.
— foam core
— large scrap paper
— illustration board
— string lights
— spray paint (primer and paint)
— hot glue gun
— cutting mat
— X-ACTO knife
1. On a large scrap of paper (about 18 x 24 inches) draw the outline of a flamingo. Start with an S shape for the flamingo body and sketch away! Cut it out with scissors.
2. Trace the paper outline on your sheet of foam core.
3. Use an X-ACTO knife to cut the flamingo outline out of the foam core.
4. Optional: Use sandpaper to clean up the edges.
5. With a ruler, measure the distance between the string lights (mine were two inches apart).
6. On the flamingo board, draw a dot where you want the lights to go — remember to leave two inches between the dots.
7. Using a screwdriver, pierce the foam core where you marked the dots.
8. Cut strips of illustration board 1 1/2 inches in width. Use a hot glue gun to attach it to the sides of the flamingo.
9. In a well-ventilated area, spray the flamingo first with primer and then hot pink spray paint.
10. Once dry, poke the string lights through the holes in the flamingo and turn it on.
Pro-tip: When you’re cutting the flamingo outline out of foam core, lightly score or drag the X-ACTO knife along the lines a few times before you apply more pressure. This will make a cleaner cut.
Don’t skip the primer for your flamingo because most spray paints will melt the foam!
Pretty in pink.
Light it up.
How do you embrace the flamingo trend? Share your creative ideas with us on Instagram and use #iamcreative.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!