How to Make Architectural Letters
Create the look of worn-metal architectural letters to display a little joy on a holiday mantel or entry table.
- paper mache letters
- tinted primer
- silver metallic paint
- rust-colored acrylic paint
- foam and bristle brushes
Select letters, gather paint, brushes and rag.
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 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 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.