DIY Gold Fall Leaf Marquee Light

DIY Fall Leaf Marquee Light by Drawn to DIY

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Last week, I rounded up 15 workspaces for inspiration

Today, I'm sharing a simple Fall-themed DIY. 

Fall season seems so wonderful after such a hot summer here in Southern California. You bet we're ready for some cooler temperatures, cozy blankets, fireplaces, and of course, everything pumpkin!

When it comes to decor though, it doesn't have to strictly be warm colors. I figured a little gold in the home is always a good idea, at least to complement everything else that is red, orange, and brown.

So for this week's DIY, we're making a gold-colored fall leaf marquee light to brighten up a small space, like a desk, shelf, or mantel.

DIY Fall Leaf Marquee Light by Drawn to DIY

You'll need:

  1. White foam board
  2. White card stock paper
  3. Battery-operated tiny marquee or globe lights
  4. X-acto knife or utility knife
  5. Ruler
  6. All-purpose glue
  7. Pencil
  8. Gold spray paint
  9. Free fall leaf template from Drawn to DIY
DIY Fall Leaf Marquee Light Steps by Drawn to DIY


  1. Print out the fall leaf template and cut using a utility knife. 
  2. Tape the paper leaf onto the foam board and use as a guide to cut.
  3. Take the tiny globe lights and position them around the foam board leaf. Make sure to leave enough space for all light bulbs and no lights are too far away or too close to the edges.
  4. Mark the spots using a pencil.
  5. Using the pencil spots as a guide, cut circles big enough to fit the light bulbs. I found the easiest way to do this is poke the foam using a utility knife, insert the blade halfway, and twist. Remember the number of holes should match the number of light bulbs.
  6. Measure and cut out four pieces of 1.5" vertical paper strips from card stock paper. 
  7. Add glue to the edges of the leaf foam board then attach a strip of paper in the middle. It's best to first measure and fold while following the leaf's corners before pressing the strips down to the glued edges. So it'll be: add glue, fold paper, attach to foam, and repeat until you've covered the entire leaf.
  8. Spray paint the leaf in a well-ventilated area. Allow to dry and repeat if you need a second coating.
  9. Carefully attach the tiny globe light bulbs to your gold leaf and add batteries to the battery container. 
DIY Fall Leaf Marquee Light by Drawn to DIY

The trickiest part for me was securing the strips of paper all around the leaf. All-purpose glue worked best because using a hot glue gun would just pressure me to go faster and I would've probably burned myself. Like I said, it's best to measure and fold first so the strips of paper can easily follow the shape of the leaf's corners.

This project took me an hour to complete but that's because I designed the printable too, so you can definitely knock this one out in about 30 minutes plus paint-drying time. Of course, feel free to leave it white/unpainted or if you prefer, paint in another color.  

DIY Fall Leaf Marquee Light by Drawn to DIY

Share below: What other fall decor have you put up around your home? Any of them DIYs?


See you again next week for another free printable and another easy Fall decor DIY!