*diy metal letters*

DIY Metal Letters
Sure I have dishes in the sink and endless amounts of laundry piling up, but I’ve been dreaming about my two favorite things…metal and letters! I am drawn to all things galvanized these days and for years I have an obsession with fonts and letters.  My husband says we have enough words, letters, and quotes around the house, but I say add more! So I did!

I went looking for metal letters to spell EAT for our dinning room and DREAM for our bedroom.  I didn’t realize I would run into so many problems.

  1. Metal letters can be super pricey. I was looking at spending over $50.00!
  2. For longer words, it’s challenging to find all the letters you need.
  3. Finding letters that are just the right size for your space. You may want tiny or super huge.
  4. Hanging metal letters means making lots of nail holes in your walls.  I have a trick to avoid that!

So obviously, I decided to tackle this DIY project myself!  I searched Pinterest and tried many different techniques.  I finally created the perfect DIY metal letters. It may seem like a lot of work, but I promise you it isn’t.  I broke it down into step by step detail so yours will turn out perfectly too! The best part is I spent less that $15.00!!!

Here’s what you need:

  • Letters!  I choose ones made from chip board.  You could pick letters made of flat card board, 3D cardboard, or wood letters.
  • Silver tacks
  • Chrome, black, and copper paint. I choose Folk Art’s Sold Bronze and Silver Sterling.
  • Bowl or paint pallet for the paint
  • Hammer
  • 3M Double sided foam tape.  (You can find it here or anywhere office supplies are sold.)

DIY Metal LettersPlace the tacks where ever you like on the letters and hammer them in. I like using the corners or edges because that’s where two pieces of metal would be riveted together.

DIY Metal LettersPaint the letters black using your fingers. The letters do not need to be perfectly covered. Allow to dry for 5 minutes.

DSC_1207Using your fingers, apply the chrome paint over the black.  Use a circular motion to mimic galvanized metal. Again, it does not need to be perfectly covered.  You want a little of the black to come through. Allow to dry for 10 minutes.

DSC_1217If you do not want a rust look on your metal letters, you can skip this step.  Use your fingers to apply the copper paint around the edges.  Use as much or as little copper paint you want to achieve your rusty look.  I used very little and swiped it along quickly. Allow to dry for 5 minutes.

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And….done!  Now to hang them. Here’s my trick to avoid using nails.

  • Place two or three little pieces of 3M double sided tape on the EDGE of the letters. My pieces were about 1 cm in width and height.
  • Position the letters on your wall.  PRESS LIGHTLY!
  • If one doesn’t look just right, slowly take the letter off.  You can use a box cutter or knife to slowly cut the tape.  This is why you put the tape on the edge.  It will make it easier to remove.
  • Once it looks perfect, you can press the letters firmly to the wall.
  • This tape has never removed paint off my walls and can be taken down months after hanging something.

DIY Metal Letters

DIY Metal Letters

DIY Metal Letters I hope I’ve inspired you to create your own metal letters too! Let me know any tips you’ve found in the comments below.

Rescue Your Dreams

-♥- Amanda

Font on cover picture from Graphics from the Pond

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