Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How to Make Architectural Letters

Sometime last spring I was busy working on a few holiday DIY tutorials for How fun to finally be able to share these projects with you! Even earlier, when working on the Master Bedroom Redesign, I had such a great time making the "M" and "I" Architectural Letters for the art wall that I thought this could become a fun holiday project as well, using letters to spell a word fitting of the season.

Here are the steps to create your couldn't be more easy!
{paper mache letters available at JoAnn Fabrics}

Materials Needed:

  • paper mache letters
  • tinted primer
  • silver metallic paint
  • rust-colored acrylic paint
  • foam and bristle brushes
  • rag

Gather Supplies

Select letters, gather paint, brushes and rag.

Apply Primer

Brush a layer of primer over letter surfaces, leaving noticeable brush strokes in varying directions. Let dry to the touch.

Apply Metallic Paint

Brush a layer of metallic paint over letter surfaces, leaving noticeable brush strokes in varying directions.

Wipe Letters

Wipe away excess metallic paint with rag.

Add Rust Accents

Mix or use rust-colored paint to brush highlights over letter edges and any rough or raised areas.

Wipe Letters

Wipe away excess rust-colored paint.

Apply Second Coat of Metallic Paint

Brush on second layer of metallic paint to diffuse rust accents.

Rub In and Wipe Away

Using rag, rub in metallic paint and wipe away any excess.

Display the Letters

Spell out the season's greetings on a table, mantel or location of your choice to spread a little holiday joy.

To see this and other holiday decorating ideas, visit


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  2. I love that idea. I was in JoAnn's yesterday. I will have to go back and see if I can find those letters.

  3. This is a great idea! It looks so good and seems so easy to make!


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  4. Beautiful idea Janell! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. There is no way to screw this up.
    Even I could do this.

  6. What type of metallic paint did you use for this awesome project? Also, I adore your house and I'm wondering what color the trim paint in your home it the same SW color as your cabinets or a little lighter? Thanks!

  7. These look fabulous! Can't wait to try this :)

  8. You are SO creative! GOOOOD work! I'd like to try that now.


  9. Great tutorial! I know these would cost at least $30-40 if you bought them at a store!

  10. These are great. Was thinking they would be cute in my son's room. Nice tutorial.

  11. Love it!! So easy and simple but so expensive looking!!!

  12. Love this idea! Need to get on it, pronto!

  13. these are great...perfect for the holidays!

  14. I love those - just need to find a Canadian source for the letters...

  15. looks amazing! what a wonderful job!

  16. Janell they are beautiful and you make it look so easy!! Love them!

    Art by Karena

  17. These are fun, Janell! A great tutorial to follow.

  18. These are sweet!! Thanks for the tutorial-- I'll be trying these out for sure. :)

  19. Great idea Janell. It might be fun for a family project.

  20. I am so making this for the nursery!! Gorgerous!

  21. Very cool and it looks easy too! xo

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  23. I've always wanted to try something like this and now I know how easy it can be. And good to know those letters are available at Joann. They look great and could be straight from an Anthro catalog.

  24. Very cool! I can't wait to try this!

  25. I've been seeing these letters hop around the web a little bit... they're really great. I'm amazed that you really created the metal look just with paint! Beautiful job.


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