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.
Finished Metallic Letters

Finished Metallic Letters

By: Janell Beals
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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.

Supplies for Painting Architectural Letters

Supplies for Painting Architectural Letters

Apply Primer

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

Prime Letters First

Prime Letters First

Apply Metallic Paint

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

Apply Metallic Paint on Architectural Letters

Apply Metallic Paint on Architectural Letters

Wipe Letters

Wipe away excess metallic paint with rag.

Wipe Letters

Wipe Letters

Add Rust Accents

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

Add Rust Accents

Add Rust Accents

Wipe Letters

Wipe away excess rust-colored paint.

Eliminate Excess Paint

Eliminate Excess Paint

Apply Second Coat of Metallic Paint

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

Architectural Letter Creation with Janell Beals

Architectural Letter Creation with Janell Beals

Rub In and Wipe Away

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

Finish the Letters' Look

Finish the Letters' Look

Display the Letters

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

How to Make Architectural Letters

How to Make Architectural Letters

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