Faux Metal Letters {Frugal Craft Pictorial}

Hello! Marji here with a fun and easy craft. I LOVE using monogram letters in my decorating. I am always on the look out for different letters to use. I saw these metal zinc letters at Anthropoligie and loved them, but didn’t love the $18/letter price tag. It would blow my monthly budget.

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I decided I could make them for a lot less!

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The supply list is pretty small for this project. First decide what you want to spell, I decided on EAT to put above my pantry.

Here is what you need: Paper Mache letters and spray paint.

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I bought my paper mache letters from Hobby Lobby, they were $2.47/letter. About once a month they will go on sale for half off so you can keep you eyes for them and get them even cheaper.

Metal Spray paint- I got the hammered finish silver Krylon, I wanted a little texture to my letters. This was $7.99, but I used my 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby so I got it for under $5. (I’ve got lots left over for other projects too.) There are a lot of different metal finishes in spray paint so get what matches your home. We have brushed silver accents and stainless steel in our kitchen.

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Take them outside and spray paint them. I rested them on a piece of scrap wood so I get the bottom edges with out having to flip them over.

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I applied about 3 coats of paint. Just let it dry a little between each coat. We are having nice spring like weather here (in February) in Arkansas so it didn’t take too long between each coat.

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I let them dry overnight before I hung them up. I love how they have a slightly hammered look to them.  They look like metal, not paper mache anymore!

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I like to use Command Picture Hanging Strips to hang up things like this. They are easy to use and don’t put any holes in my wall.

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They are kind of like Velcro so I stick them together and put the adhesive on the letter.  Remove the other strip then put them up on your wall.

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I put the A up first, then eyeballed the E and T.

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I LOVE how it looks and I love that it cost me under $10 to do it (I still have lots of spray paint left so I’m not counting the whole can in my costs).

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So the next time you see something you like, but you don’t like the price, figure out how you can make it on your own for less. I like the letters I made a lot more than I would if I had spent $54 on some letters already made.

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