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!

faux metal letters

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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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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