SHINE Marquee

Oh Pinterest, how I love you. How else would I know that I am supposed to only drink from Mason jars and make my own laundry detergent, baby food and play-dough? Wink, wink.

But seriously. Here is my latest Pinterest inspired project...

Our theme for Young Women in Excellence was "Shine" to go with the yearly mutual theme, "Arise and Shine forth that thy light may be a standard for the nations." D&C 115:5


I had seen this most fabulous movie marquee and knew I could tweak this project to fit my needs. And when I get a bee in my bonnet...


The instructions are done beautifully on Oh Happy Day so I won't reinvent that wheel.

These letters are slightly ginormous. You can really make them as big as you can find foam core. These were about two and a half feet tall.


Making those letters was not for the fainthearted (Pick a short word, buy a very sharp exacto knife and plan on some new calluses) but I loved how they turned out. But the bee in my bonnet required some major mechanical genius from the men in our lives. I said, "I want these letters hung up high, so figure it out pretty please."

They earned 925 brownie points for bringing this vision to life.


It was the perfect focal point for the evening. The girls each brought a lamp to place by their project which they turned on after they spoke about what they had done and learned. So by the end of the night all of their lights were shining along with my humongous sign.



The evening was topped off with some Pinterest inspired rainbow jello made by another talented leader


And some Ashleigh inspired cookies made by me because we live too far apart for me to hire her.


The girls were amazing and I about burst with happiness to hear them share the things they learned while doing their Personal Progress. Seeing them shine made my seven new callouses totally worth it.










17 comments:

  1. that is so great, I would have done nothing more that like an exclamation point, I am lazy like that;p

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  2. A-FREAKING-MAZING!!!! We have our New Beginnings in two weeks, and our pres couldn't care less about decor/theme/what have you. Normally I would take the reigns and take care of all of it, but the *new* Rebecca? I've got enough to do, and if nobody else thinks it's important? I'll leave well enough alone.

    (I will prolly cave and bring a tablecloth, but it won't be the rainbow colored ruffle one that's in my mind. you know the one that I would sew in five minutes and it would turn out perfectly and look just stunning under the shine marquee that I jacked from you? It's so lovely in my head...it's a shame to not bring it all to fruition...)

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    1. Ha ha! Time does change you and I always have to remind myself it isn't a wedding reception for heavens sakes. and ps that ruffle tablecloth that you think will take 5 minutes will take at least two hours. Use that two hours and read a book :)

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  3. That marquee is awesome!!! Serious dedication there, Kathryn. Love it.

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  4. WOW! what a beauty! i wanna get 7 callouses too! :>D

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  5. That's downright amazing. I'm kind of disappointed I didn't see it in person, although your pictures give a good idea of how awesome it looked. You should stop being so good at everything though; you're making the rest of us look bad. :)

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  6. You are just flat out awesome! Please serve in young womens for the next 18 years so all my girls can have you as a leader.

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    1. Oh I have a feeling your stint in YW will be 18 years with all those cute girls. And you will be fabulous!

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  7. Do you have the link to the blog with the instructions? Thanks!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea. Sounds like the night was a total hit!

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    1. Yes! If you scroll over "Oh Happy Day" in the text of the blog post it should highlight. Click that and you will go to the page with instructions. She had great pictures and instructions and it was easy to follow, if you don't count my newly acquired aversion to exacto knives. Ha ha!

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  8. Yeeaahhh!!! Move to my ward so you can just do all of this for me!! It is AWESOME!

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  9. I pinned this for Maddy's Sweet 16 Outdoor Movie Night, but sadly it didn't get done. But yours looks awesome. You are the best YW leader ever!! My girls were lucky to have you!

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    1. Well there is always her 18th birthday party... :) Call me and by then I will be ready to help! And ps, you have amazing girls so being their leader was easy!!!

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  10. WOW, this is so awesome! You would be a hard act to follow:)

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  11. As usual...your project was amazing and I love that you give your whole heart (and calloused fingers) too! XOXO

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  12. This is amazing! I'm glad I just found your blog through Pinterest. I'm always on the lookout for great YW and personal progress ideas.

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